Let's assume that Oldsmobile had created a Nomad-style machine from 1955-57. Having a soft spot for the Vista Cruiser wagons, I dressed ourtwo examples with variations of the glass roof-one spanning the entire width, the other split into two inserts. I opted to keep the roof flat, and not raised, as the later Vista wagons were, trying instead to keep things rooted in the technology and style of the day. As far as customizing goes, I'm going to keep things milder in this go-round, as my emphasis was to create, first and foremost, an Olds Nomad ("Oldsmomad"?).

Aside from the standard nose and deck, the blue and silver wagon received some other subtle changes, like the Kaiser-inspired grille, the tweaked side trim, some pieces from a same-year Chevy, and a subtle re-work on the hood. Naturally, a clean shave, stance, and chrome reverse wheels with bullets on medium whites play off of the clean scallops. Inside, it's a crisp blue and white tuck 'n' roll job, and the stock 324-cube Rocket gets tri-power, and some polish.

The lime gold version wears an alternate roof, and has some sculpting under the side trim, and slick tunneled rear lamps in the rear quarters (sliced at an angle to mimic the backlight). Perhaps it's the rebirth of an old show custom that may have found its way into the hands of a speed shop owner. It might wear its custom bumpers, fore and aft, and have a trick dash, canted lights out front, etc. ... but it's all business under the hood with a built 455, four-speed, 12-bolt rear, and those mags wrapped in redlines. The mix of street machine and custom works well on this car, and the era it represents would make it unique at a show, run, or cruising for ice cream.