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1957 Chevrolet Nomad: Rust Wagon

1957 Chevrolet Nomad

Looking at this ’57 Chevy Nomad I see a lot of issues, but I also see a lot of potential. The Nomad is without a doubt America’s favorite two door wagon. Over the years I have watched the prices climb and drop for ’57 Chevys, but the Nomad has held fairly constant as a popular classic to own. As you can see this example has rust issues that will need to be addressed, but given the desirability of these wagons I have no doubt someone will fix it. The real question is, will someone restore it or hot rod it. It is at the point that it is original enough to be worth restoring, yet rough enough that it could be modified without someone feeling too bad about it. Bidding, which is taking place here on eBay, has already reached $7,000 and could still climb higher. It lacks a reserve though, so perhaps it will hold here. I would love to have a Nomad someday, but given the rust and none original motor, I think I would pass on this one – but what about you?


  1. Pete

    Non original motor does not matter. All you need to do is get a 283 from 1957.

  2. Jim

    Part of me would want to get it in safe driving condition and run with it as it sits!

  3. Rick

    Interesting. The 804A-0A paint code is Inca Silver, but much of the car appears to be metallic red. Think someone tried to make a candy apple red car with a red clear coat over the Inca?

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    • redwagon

      @rick – i looked up the 804A-0A color code too and found that 804 is inca silver. do you have any idea how to interpret the “A-0A” part of the paint code?

      the 691 interior trim code is silver vinyl with black and silver cloth. and that shows clearly on some of the interior shots.

      the dash appears to be red, (see the shot of the steering wheel) which is not in either the trim or paint code. who would paint the exterior and interior metal pieces of a car?

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  4. Rancho Bella

    The ask for these cars when restored is big……….but, you better like em’ a lot….as you will spend tens of thousands on a car that will not be easy to sell. It’s getting harder and harder to sell the high dollar items. That is unless you get those ones at BJ that take down a fifth of Jack and start bidding on anything with wheels……………..

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  5. pontiactivist

    I would hot rod it. Old school. Keep it mostly stockish. Wheels tires brakes motor tranny electrical paint (maybe inca silver again). Kind of a day three or four car. I like the day two look. But I say a day three or four car is a lil more evolved or refined. Lol.

  6. Michael Ponsano

    You can see on the dash where the red paint is peeling and revealing the white paint underneath. I am still stuck on pricing from 10 years ago and am amazed at the amount of money people are willing to give on something I would have and have passed up for $1500.00.

  7. kenny

    NEVER take any car that has survived this many years and is still all together and rod it. There’s enough of those all ready.

  8. Tim

    Every panel on the car is reproduced and the 283 is readily available. Rust and engine are no reason to scare away from this one. It’s a potentially very valuable car leaving lots of room for restoration costs. If it stays under 10 grand it’s a great buy

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  9. Woodie Man

    Well at least its a Nomad

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