The Chevy Nomad debuted at the 1954 GM Motorama as a two-door sport wagon with front-end styling taken from the 1954 Chevy Corvette. The grille was the Corvette’s oval with thirteen chrome-heavy “teeth,” chrome stone guards over the headlights, a forward sloping B-pillar, and taillights with mini fins resembling those of a jet. Five examples were completed for the show circuit, and three are known to still exist.
The Chevy Nomad entered production for the 1955 model year on the strength of the public response to the Motorama show car. The Corvette front-end styling had been dropped, as the Nomad would share the Bel Air platform. What was retained was the sport wagon roofline. The 1955 Nomad was powered by the 265 cubic-inch Small Block V8. Chrome trim on the Nomad was a bit more subdued than on the Bel Air, although the Nomad shared most of the Bel Air’s badging. Interior trim was much akin to the Bel Air, and the rear seats could be folded flat allowing for a much larger cargo area. The Nomad could be had with all the same options as the Bel Air hardtop, and with a $2,571 base price, was second only to the Corvette as Chevy’s most expensive offering.
The 1957 Chevy Nomad remained part of the Bel Air lineup, and offered much the same look and options as the Bel Air. Engine size had grown to 283 cubic inches. The Nomad retained its forward-canted B-pillars, sport wagon roofline, and split tailgate-and-glass arrangement.
Our feature 1957 Chevy Nomad is finished in Matador Red over a tan interior featuring tan vinyl and cloth bench seats. It is powered by a 283 cubic-inch Small Block backed by a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. The Nomad is equipped with tinted glass, seat belts, auxiliary gauges, an aftermarket stereo, and the factory clock. The engine has been dressed up with a chrome air cleaner cover and a set of finned aluminum Mickey Thompson valve covers. It rolls on painted steel wheels with full wheel covers and wide whitewall bias-ply tires.
This 1957 Chevy Nomad will cross the auction block at the Mecum Auctions Kissimmee event taking place January 2nd through the 14th.