1958 Chevrolet Nomad: Parked And Stuffed

1958 Chevy Wagon

At what point do you step back and realize you may have chosen poorly when deciding to put a car out to pasture? I suspect this derelict ’58 Nomad here on eBay at one time was just an old wagon when it was discarded and used as a storage shed, and the seller seems to be assuming it’s only good for parts given the no-reserve auction. I’d like to think they’re wrong – and that there’s a way to save this vintage wagon – but the rust may indeed be terminal. However, if you’re currently restoring a Nomad of this generation, finding one for parts with a complete drivetrain and other trim bits still attached may make this basket case a worthwhile buy. The Power Pack heads don’t necessarily yield any major performance gains, but they are period correct for the 283 and possibly worth having if you’re into mods that are era-appropriate. The interior is probably a lost cause, but I doubt anyone in the market for a car like this has any illusions of what to expect on the inside. I think if this stays under $500 it’s a great buy as a parts car; however, if it stays cheap enough, is it worth attempting a restoration?

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Comments

  1. JW

    Yes it’s too bad it will either end up a parts car or as scrap metal for a kitchen-aid mixer. $500 tops because he will be lucky to find another owner of one of these to buy it for parts. I’ve never come across one in all my years of going to car shows. Seen 55 to 57 Nomads and 58 Chevy coupes / sedans but never a 58 Nomad.

  2. Magstar67

    I know zero about these, I thought Nomads were two door wagons???

  3. blindmarc

    I fought with my dad about these being a nomad, but they are.@

  4. Gary

    Chevrolet made the Nomad model from 1955 to 1961, the first 3 years were all 2 dr. models and most desirable, (1957 for me), from 1958 thru 1961 all were 4 dr. and the deluxe Chevy wagon of the time. My little brother has a beautiful original 1956 Nomad that I have tried many times to talk him out of, he just won’t budge…

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  5. Cassidy

    Considering what he chose to store in the back of the Nomad, does it mean its a woodie? Nice to see that AC works on this; hard to find that from the 50’s, but losing the windshield ensures its fully functional

  6. kenzo

    lots of good parts if you need’em.
    bidding is up to $228.00. I would have thought the higher end models had classier tail lights.

  7. don

    once again it is a shame that someone let this rare car just rot away, don’t think this can be brought back. sad..

  8. Larry Brown Member

    I had one that I sold a few months ago for $2500. These cars are very rare. If I wasn’t overloaded with classic cars, I would jump on this in a heart beat

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  9. KO

    Such a beautiful car to go to waste. I love all the trim, very classy. Sexy rear end too. Someone save it!

  10. Batbenz

    Had a 348 coupe that I worked on when I was a teen in the 80’s. didn’t think the rust was too bad until the motor mounts separated from the frame when we cranked it. My guess is that this girl is a goner….

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