1957 Chevrolet

Location: Indianapolis
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Engine:350 V8

The Chevrolet Nomad was a station wagon model made off and on from 1955 to 1972, and a Chevy Van trim package in the late 1970s and early 1980s, produced by Chevrolet. The Nomad is best remembered in its two-door 1955–57 form, and was considered a halo model during its three-year production as a two-door station wagon.

The two-door Nomad differed from other station wagons of the era by having unique styling more reminiscent of a hardtop sedan than that of a standard station wagon. Chevrolet shared this body with its sister Pontiac, which marketed their version as the Pontiac Safari. The Nomad's unique design had its roots in a General Motors Motorama show car of the same name that was based on the Corvette. The Concept was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1954 as one of Head Stylist Harley Earl's "dream cars". It followed the introduction in 1950 of the Ford Country Squire two door station wagon. GM approved production of the vehicle if the design could be transferred to its standard model, because top GM brass felt that they could sell more models if it were attached to the popular Bel Air model. In fact, following the product debut in 1955, it was not uncommon for the car to be referred to as the Chevy "Bel Air Nomad".

6,103 Nomads were produced in 1955

In ’55 Chevrolets received all-new styling. Advertised as "The Hot One," the boxy new Chevy was crisp, clean, and thoroughly modern-looking. Nomads, like Bel Airs, came loaded with interior carpet, chrome spears on front fenders, chrome window moldings, and full wheel covers. For 1955 Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option. The new 265 cu in V8 featured a modern, overhead valve, high compression, short stroke design that was so good that it remained in production in various forms for many decades. The base V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and was rated at 162 horsepower and the "Power Pack" option featured a four-barrel carburetor and other upgrades yielding 180 brake horsepower Later in the year, a "Super Power Pack" option added high-compression and a further 15 brake horsepower. It had room for six passengers.

This desirable Nomad has had its original drivetrain replaced with a 350/turbohydramatic 400 both of which were rebuilt and installed in 1970. A bucket seat/center console arrangement and later power steering column was also installed at the time. Over the years many correct original and replacement parts have been sourced for this project and are included in the sale:

* 57 Chevy 14" wheels, covers and spinner center caps
* set of 4 body decals
* Correct Seering wheel and horn ring
*Replacement Sheet Metal- Rockers Front Floors, Front Fender Lowers-both sides, and Door to Rear Wheel Wells-both sides.
*Trans Mount kit
*Used Headlight Bezels
*Headlight Wiring Harness
*New Rocker Trim Strips
*New Rear Deck Lid Trim Strips
*Correct Front and Rear Seats
*Extensive Literature and Restoration guides

Here's your chance to get a very desirable Nomad and build it as you like!

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