When it comes to classic American wagons, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad is the King. It offered respectable performance and sportiness, but was still practical. This ’57 Nomad has been parked in this dark barn for many years and is starting to show it. The owner has acquired a few parts for it and has even done some body work. They have decided to part ways with this project and have listed it here on eBay.
From a different angle and with better lighting, it is a bit easier to see the condition it’s currently in. It was originally a turquoise and white car, but was painted red at some point. The body has already had some work done to it, but will likely need to be redone. We would be sure it over very closely, as there could be serious rust hiding under the Bondo and primer.
The seller’s photos aren’t the best, but it’s easy to tell that the rust in the floors is an issue that will need to be addressed. All the major interior components are still here, but it appears that some modifications may have been performed to it sometime in the past. The seller claims the motor turns over, but doesn’t state whether it’s the original or not. Let’s just hope it’s the original and that it doesn’t need a complete overhaul.
It’s hard to tell what all this Nomad is going to need from these photos, but it looks like it’s going to be a major undertaking. While the value of these wagons has gone down over the past few years, they are still highly sought after and hopefully this one will go to a new owner who will get it back on the road. Would you get this one safe to drive and leave it looking rough or would you perform a complete restoration to it?