• Jun 9th 2007 at 3:06PM
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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.)

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      • 8 Years Ago
      That's absolutely badass, and I'm not a fan of American cars from that era...
        • 8 Years Ago
        I'm the same mxrz, this kind of car is usually the last kind of car I'd ever care about, but this thing is pretty damn awesome. The price does seem a little over the top though, but this probably was a huge amount of work so I guess I can understand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So this '55 Nomad has non-Nomad chasis, non-Nomad engine, non-Nomad transmission, non-Nomad interior, non-Nomad body panels, and non-Nomad glass. Reminds me of my grandfather saying he owned the same axe for 40 years. He only had to change the handle three times and the head twice. It's a pretty car for sure, but it's sure not much of a '55 Nomad.
      • 8 Years Ago
      (Heart attack) (heart attack), (asthma attack)(asthma attack). ARE YOU F***ING KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
      $700,000! seven hundred thousand dollars! you can buy a Saleen S7 with that money!
        • 8 Years Ago
        It would take $2,200,000 (22,000hr. x $100) in labor alone to recreate this car. That's assuming you can find someone with that kind of talent that worked for only $100 a hour and trust me that's cheap for a custom hot rod shop with this kind of talent these days.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey it is less than $32 an hour. Pretty good labor rate if you ask me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd rather have an un-molested Nomad, but as ultra customs go, this one's easy on the eyes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Exemplifies the greater fool theory- if one guy wasted all that time, some idiot will reward him for it, believing he can sell it for even more. BS. A couple hours watching Barrett-Jackson auctions would tell you what it's worth. About $10/hr max.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Crazy. Simply crazy. It's cool but not worth THAT much. Maybe $100 - 150k.

      I could see this price if it were some one off GM special or it was one of maybe three ever built with some special engine. Muscle cars hold value like none other if they are special (remember the Cuda that went for over a million bucks at Barrett Jackson?). My dad had a 67 Vette (not even a special model) with a 327 cu. in. V-8 with 350hp and a four speed and that could easily go for $70-75k if it were in original condition.

      I love Nomads. And this is a nice custom. Some people go too far when it comes to customs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think I'll spend the money on a Phantom, a DB9, and a Vette. I wouldn't drive this thing for the life of me. That's just someone with too much money that could be better spent on, oh, say, a Gulfstream jet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in the Phoenix area and I can say that, without exception, people here are some of the greediest around. Everyones here flipped (but now flops) homes . Just "flip it" dammit! This is typical Pheonix mentality to take a piece of crap, put some lipstick on it and try to flip it. Btw ... nobody is buying their crap now .... and I would be surprised if someone bought this pig.
      • 8 Years Ago
      so 1 rolls royce phantom goes for $8333.34?? where do i sign up??

      $700,000/84 = $8,333.34......hmmmm
        • 8 Years Ago
        No, it takes 8,000 hours to build a Phantom. Apparently, the Phanotm costs around 400,000.

        • 8 Years Ago
        No, it takes 8,000 hours to build a Phantom.

        Check your math, Jaymez. 22,000 hours/84=261.9 or so hours to build a Phantom.

        Just sayin'...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,.....Wait a second...You said $695,000 ? ...Ha, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ah,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.
      • 3 Years Ago
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