1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers

The first Chevrolet Nomad was conceived by Harley Earl and based on a Corvette platform. It debuted at the 1954 GM Motorama show. 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 GM 2-door station wagon. The original Nomad continued as a low-production (by Chevrolet standards) image leader for the 1956 and 1957 model years.

Proudly offered here from the Monical Collection is a splendid example of the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad. 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. While a number of America’s car manufacturers produced 2-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.

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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