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Old 10-24-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default Corvettes on eBay: a $400K 1954 Corvette Nomad Recreation

The builder did a bang-up job with this recreation, but $400K seems a little crazy... Can't imagine this will fetch anywhere near that price...

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Old 10-24-2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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Its very easy to get carried away...one off parts and top quality man hours add up fast, and then you are faced with the fact, I am this far into it...should I stop and loose $$...or at least finish it enjoy it, and then loose $$...
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Personally, I never understood the Nomad thing. After all, it is a STATION WAGON. I have a buddy who is customizing a 70's station wagon making it two doors with a LS2. I don't get it. JMO
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:21 PM   #4
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The driving force behind this car was a guy who attended the same Wisconsin college that I did. There was a piece on this car in one of our Alumni newsletters. They used a lot of parts off of a Pontiac Safari wagon. There was a site that showed the entire build process. It really took quite awhile. Great car, though. These guys deserve a lot of credit. I think it was sold by the builder(s) a year or two ago. This must be the second owner.

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...There was a site that showed the entire build process. It really took quite awhile. Great car, though. These guys deserve a lot of credit. I think it was sold by the builder(s) a year or two ago. This must be the second owner.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:48 PM   #6
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IMHO, that is alot of $$ to invest in ruining a 1954 Corvette.... sad....
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:52 PM   #7
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I don't think any part of that car was part of a complete 54 vette when he started. Looking at his site, it looks like he may have bought a repro front end, some junkyard rear end bits, and installed them (craft-fully) onto the Safari station wagon.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:45 PM   #8
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I don't think any part of that car was part of a complete 54 vette when he started. Looking at his site, it looks like he may have bought a repro front end, some junkyard rear end bits, and installed them (craft-fully) onto the Safari station wagon.
That's really apparent when looking at this '56 Safari. Check out the chrome strips on the tailgate.



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Old 10-25-2011, 10:24 AM   #9
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too bad he cant spell Camaro.....
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:25 PM   #10
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If you REALLY, REALLY had to have one, imagine what a real one would cost...then imagine how many $$$'s it would cost you to create one...then consider the cost of this one on Ebay and $400k doesn't sound so bad. But you'd have to want one BAD!
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It would be to much money for me at almost any price because I have no desire for it. The quality of the build will only matter to the person who looks at that car and says "I have to have it", finding that person is hard enough and finding that person that is also able and willing to part with that kind of money will be close to impossible.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:57 PM   #13
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Truly a one of a kind..and very desireable in my opinion.

But..I have always had a thing for Nomads...more so than many corvettes. Anything past 72 for instance....

But $400,000 is unattainable I would think...I guess we'll find out October 27.

If it doesn't sell..I'd buy tickets for the raffle. :lol

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Old 11-08-2011, 05:40 PM   #14
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I would love to have one of these!
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:22 PM   #15
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It's a nice car and on first blush looks very much like the original. However, it is far from correct. The original car had the same wheelbase but was much smaller dimensionally. To fit a '54 Vette front clip onto a Nomad or Safari requires widening the clip. The dimensions of the original was very close to that of a production Vette. The passenger car windshield is very short compared to the '54 Nomad. The closest reproduction to the original car is being produced by Superior Glassworks in Oregon. It is very close although it too is slightly off in some areas. Every piece of glass on the '54 original is different from the production Nomads. The roof is smaller. The tailgate is different as are the chrome strips on the tailgate. The original car was built on the lengthened frame of the original '53 Corvette Motorama car. It is unknown whether it had an engine and if it did, whether it ran. I would be proud to have the "Zander" clone (the one on Ebay) but I think $400,000 is a little much. With the bodies Superior is building I believe a much more accurate reproduction of the original car is possible. I know of one person who is planning such a build if he can secure the funding. I hope he does.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:48 PM   #16
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Nice car well done, he will own it a long thime at that price JMHO
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That's really apparent when looking at this '56 Safari. Check out the chrome strips on the tailgate.

I just have to say that given the choice between the 2 cars, I'd take the Pontiac Safari. At least it's the real deal.

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I've been asked to build one of these at least five times by different people.

I just say, "why would you want to build something that's already been done so many times??"
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I've been asked to build one of these at least five times by different people.

I just say, "why would you want to build something that's already been done so many times??"
and you can buy one turn key for 99k from Glassworks
I saw their Nomad at SEMA
It sits on a custom chassis with C5 suspension
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and you can buy one turn key for 99k from Glassworks
I saw their Nomad at SEMA
It sits on a custom chassis with C5 suspension
That's cheap. You can't build it from scratch for that.
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