With that steeply raked rear window and styling reminiscent of a hardtop, the Chevrolet Nomad had better lines than any ordinary station wagon before, during or since. The car was considered a "halo model" during its production, and continues to be among the most desirable Tri-Fives today.
This completely restored 1957 Chevrolet Nomad retains an awesome period-correct look while incorporating some tasteful updates in a nod to modern convenience. Under the hood is a crate Chevrolet 350 mated to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission. The engine is fed by a new Carter AFB competition series carburetor; it runs great and makes excellent power. And with power steering, power brakes and updated cooling system components (including an aluminum radiator and an auxiliary fan for the a/c condenser), this Nomad is reliable and easy to drive. The air conditioning system has been artfully added, with controls integrated into the original in-dash heater controls; most of the inner workings are carefully hidden behind the dash.
The interior has, of course, been completely restored with all correct materials. The seats, door panels, headliner and carpet are all new and look just as they would from the factory. Miles of chrome trim, both inside and out, have either been restored or replaced at considerable expense. The headliner bows are flawless, as is the steering wheel, sun visors, etc. The attention to detail paid by the restorer is obvious with this example -- down to the new rubber covering behind the rear seat with new chrome hold-down strips. The instrumentation in the dash has been tastefully updated with modern gauges, but the rest of the dash has been carefully restored to like-new original condition. All interior lights and switches work as they should.
This Nomad is no doubt a head turner, clad in exquisite Colonial Cream with an India Ivory roof. The paint shows well and all panels are straight with good gaps. Bumpers, chrome, door handles, mirrors, trim, glass and weather-stripping are all excellent. Period-appropriate American Racing alloy wheels with new tires complete the look. The underside has been nicely detailed -- so nice, in fact, that we suspect it may have been a frame-off restoration. There''s not a speck of rust anywhere; the floor pans and rockers are perfect. Exhaust is brand new.
If you''re interested in learning more about this fully restored, turn-key 1957 Chevy Nomad give us a call at 404-692-5250.