Reader P. Trout sent in this 1957 Chevrolet 210 Handyman, which the seller claims is original. While there are some obvious changes, such as the ride height and wheels, it’s hard to tell what else might have been changed. The seller is asking $12,500 for this wagon and it can be found here on Craigslist.
The 210 Handyman looks similar to the Nomad, but wasn’t as well appointed. There were around 18k of these built in ’57, but few survived the Nomad craze. Many have been parted out or turned into Nomad clones, so to find a survivor Handyman is rather rare.
This 283 cui V8 appears to be a base model, with a two-barrel carburetor and a power rating of 185 horsepower. The seller claims that everything works and runs as it should. Looking at the firewall and door jams, it is easy to tell that the current paint job isn’t the original, as the seller claims it is.
While this two door wagon might not be the highly coveted Nomad, the fact that it isn’t, actually makes it more interesting and unique to me. I don’t believe the seller’s claims of originality, but at this price all that really matter is that it runs and drives. Sure, we would all rather have a real deal Nomad, but could you be happy with this mid-level wagon? Special thanks to P. Trout for the tip.