• Splendid example of the iconic Nomad in great colors
• An unqualified Harley Earl-era GM design masterpiece
• Well-equipped with power steering and upgraded power brakes
• Renowned 283 Chevrolet small-block V-8/Powerglide automatic
283 cid V-8 engine, 220 BHP, single two-barrel carburetor, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115"
GM’s Chevrolet Motor Division had never intended to produce the final iteration of the “Tri-Five” 1955-1957 passenger-car line as we know it today. On the contrary, the 1957 Chevrolet was initially planned to be something entirely different. Upon hearing the news of archrival Ford’s complete redesign for 1957, Chevrolet designers scrambled to put forth a design that was a complete departure from the 1955 and 1956 models to rival the new Ford lineup. Alas, it was not meant to be, due to production delays and other glitches that rendered the 1957 Chevrolet essentially a carryover model, albeit with a number of design updates including the now-iconic ‘Baby Cadillac’ tailfins.
The first Chevrolet Nomad wagon was conceived by Harley Earl’s GM designers and based on a Corvette platform. It debuted at the 1954 GM Motorama shows and, after a warm public reception, the Nomad was placed into production for 1955 and joined the top-echelon Chevrolet Bel Air passenger-car line to become the first two-door station wagon ever offered in GM history. A sporting two-door station wagon with a distinctively slanted B-pillar, the Nomad conclusively proved that “utility” and “style” are by no means mutually exclusive terms. The original Nomad continued as a low-production (by Chevrolet standards) image leader for the 1956 and 1957 model years that continues to captivate all onlookers today. The Nomad also stands as the lowest-production model of all 1955-1957 Chevys. Of the more than 1.5 million Chevrolets built in 1957, the last model year of these celebrated models, only 6,103 Nomads found their way to showrooms. Today, they are highly collectible and never fail to attract admiring crowds wherever they appear.
Proudly offered here from the Monical Collection is a splendid example of the rare 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad, which was previously part of another eclectic collection of well-maintained and rare classic automobiles. Delightfully finished in India Ivory over Matador Red with complementing red and black two-tone upholstery, this Nomad is very nicely presented with very good paint, abundant chrome brightwork, and very well presented interior and cargo compartments. The Nomad rides on modern wide whitewall radial tires, which provide smooth and pleasurable driving and handling characteristics and surround proper steel wheels mounting full wheel discs with Chevrolet center crests. Dual outside mirrors offer pleasing aesthetics as well as practicality and optional back-up lights illuminate the way. Underhood, the tidy engine bay houses a tried and true 283 cubic-inch small-block V-8 engine with a two-barrel carburetor and correct factory components, mated to Chevrolet’s famed Powerglide automatic transmission. Driving enjoyment is enhanced with power steering and upgraded brakes with power-assist and a modern dual-circuit master cylinder. The Nomad is understood to run well and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly and reliably as it should. While a number of America’s car manufacturers produced two-door station wagons prior to the arrival of the Nomad in 1955, none are as visually striking and memorable as Chevrolet’s Nomad. A very attractive and ready-to-enjoy example from the Monical Collection, this 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad is a truly rare and exciting design icon.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon
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