It’s been a couple of weeks since we first announced the 12 finalists that were hoping to be crowned as the 2020 Chevy Hardcore Feature Car Of The Year. When we first made the announcement, the article asked you guys to give us a little help choosing the winner. That article presented 12 of the coolest Chevy Hardcore feature cars that we showcased in 2020. We wanted to be fair and unbiased, and that’s why we needed help from you guys to choose which one of the 12 should be crowned as the big dog.
In that previous article, we gave you guys the choice of what we felt was a mix of nicely restored cars that represent history, a few that represent the modified genre quite well, and even a couple that some might call a daily driver. Regardless of why each car earned its inclusion onto the list, they were all deserving of being included. We realize this is the internet and articles come and go quickly, so if you’re so inclined, you can check out the original article.
Unlike last year, there was no early frontrunner, as this year, the voting was very close all the way through until the end. Regardless of who won, each of the 12 cars was worthy of being included on our list. But, since we can only have one car be feature car of the year, without further ado, congratulations go to Dave Bohler’s ’57 Chevy Nomad.
“I found this car in 2019, it was sitting in a shed,” Dave relays. “It had been parked there since 1976. There was no engine or transmission in the car, and it had quite a bit of rust. The car was mostly disassembled and was filled with boxes full of parts. But, since my wife has always wanted a wagon, the deal was made.” She sounds like a keeper, Dave.
I had to install a complete floor, inner and outer rocker panels, door skins, and the inner sections of the doors. – Dave Bohler
Under the hood of this unbelievably cool ’57 Chevy, we find a big block backed by a 700R4 going all the way back to a 3.73-geared 9-inch rearend. The foundation is a complete Art Morrison GT Sport chassis that has been powdercoated black and has coilovers and a four-link. Upfront is a power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system. The Wilwood brakes are surrounded by Billet Specialties wheels measuring 18×8 and 20×10. The Nitto 245/40R18 and 275/35R20 are the rubber that meets the road.
Dave’s wagon is a great example of the family truckster the embodies good looks, reliability, and enough room to haul the entire family — even extended members. To read the original feature article about the gorgeous ’57 Nomad, click here. Congratulations to Dave Bohler and his ’57 Chevy Nomad for being chosen by the readers to be the 2020 Chevy Hardcore Feature Car Of The Year.