Corvettes on eBay: a $400K 1954 Corvette Nomad Recreation
by Keith Cornett
At the 1954 Motorama, GM unleashed three Corvette-based concept cars onto the show circuit. Dubbed the Convertible Coupe, the Corvair, and the Nomad, the trio caused a stir when they debuted in New York in January of 1954. As we all know, the Nomad made it to production a couple years later, but in a non-Corvette form. If you always wanted to own the original Nomad, get your bidding fingers ready to bid on this recreation currently listed on eBay.
According to the eBay listing, the car was completed in 2006 after a seven year build and nearly $400,000 invested. The creator of the car used old photos, factory drawings and other items to document and reproduce the original Nomad. The exterior is finished in silver blue like the original and is complimented by the matching silver and blue interior. Most of the chrome pieces had to be custom fabricated.
Power for the Nomad comes courtesy of a Chevy 350 backed by an automatic transmission. Power steering, power brakes, and radial tires make the car a great driver. Items like air conditioning, power windows, and AM/FM signal seeking radio enhance the driving experience.
After studying photos of the original (last row of photos in the gallery) and the recreation, it's clear that virtually no detail was omitted during the build. As of this writing, bidding has already headed north of $50k without meeting the reserve. Based on the $400,000 build cost we suspect it'll take quite a bit more to take this car home. Based on the attention to detail alone, we think this one will be worth every penny the new owner pays for it. Get your bids in now before the auction ends on October 27th.
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