How many hours does it take to turn a 1955 Chevy Nomad into the award-winning Chevy "Newmad"? 22,000 hours. Yes, you read that correctly. One Newmad equals 84 Rolls-Royce Phantoms.
The Newmad began its life as the first generation Nomad, the halo model wagon derived from the Motorama Corvette of 1953-54. Whizbang hotrod designer Chris Ito was commissioned by a Phoenix couple to pen the redesign, and after fixing the shape, the aforementioned 22,000 hours of elbow grease were put in at Steve's Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon. The word "custom" barely begins to describe it. The chassis was created specifically for the car, the suspension is from a 2000 Corvette, the body's been lengthened, the sheet metal was created by hand, and all of the glass is one-off. The interior pulls from almost every marque known, including a Mercury Marauder cowl, Lexus seats, Jaguar interior door handles, and Porsche window switches. Oh, and the leather is custom as well. The package is powered by a 500 cubic inch aluminum big block with a 4L80E transmission. And thanks to eBay, the Newmad can be yours for the Buy It Now price of $695,000. Which is a bargain, really -- that's only 1.5 Phantoms. (You can read the full story of the Newmad here.)