(This post was originally published by HotCars and written by Dave Goldberg.)
Family hauling duties could be a lot more fun with this 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad up for auction on autohunter.com. From the striking Viper Red paint to the vertical chrome accents on the tailgate, this Nomad is sure to stand out in a school parking lot filled with minivans and SUVs. The owner reports several custom performance and appearance modifications as well as a 1997 frame-off restoration. The car is located in Galway, New York, and offered with a clean N.Y. registration in the seller’s name.
Chevy Sold The 2-Door Nomad For Only Three Years
The Chevrolet Nomad Association (CNA) focuses on the first generation of Nomads produced from 1955-1957. CNA reports the 1954 Corvette Nomad prototype debuted at the General Motors Motorama in New York City. The well-received concept led Chevy designers to incorporate some of its unique features into Nomad’s production that launched in 1955. The second-generation Nomad was launched for 1958 using a four-door, and less collectible, configuration. On its website, CNA states that the 1957 is “arguably” the most collectible year of the Nomad.
Custom Exterior Treatments
The auction listing reports that this Nomad has all its original sheet metal except for the floors and firewall that were replaced during the restoration. Exterior modifications include a horizontal-slotted grille, ribbed fin inserts, and shaved power handles. Headwinds Tri-bar halogens appear in the headlights, and the taillights have blue dot lenses. Goodyear Eagle GT II radials rotate on 15-inch Torq Thrust D wheels with spinner center caps.
Updated Powerplant And Clean Interior
The Nomad’s original 283ci V8 was replaced with a rebored 1970 350ci small block. The listing does not report if the motor swap occurred as part of the restoration. The replacement engine sports a 4-bolt main and several Edelbrock Performance components while sending power to a rebuilt GM Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed transmission. The odometer shows 17,605 miles, but the listing states that the Nomad’s original mileage is unknown.
Interior photos are limited. The inside appears clean, with the owner reporting that the front seats are black leather-covered aftermarket buckets. The custom aluminum steering column coordinates with dashboard and center console accents. A JVC audio system, complete with cassette feature, pumps sounds to the 80-watt kick panel speakers and rear Polk Audio units. Power windows give this 63-year-old classic a touch of modern convenience.
As of this writing, two bids have brought this Nomad’s price to $12,000 with ten days left before the auction ends.