Family Cruiser: 1958 Chevrolet Nomad

Are you a fan of wagons from the 50’s and 60’s?  I sure am.  Although I didn’t grow up riding in the back of one on family vacations, I do appreciate the nostalgia that they bring.  This particular car is a 1958 Chevrolet Nomad and it’s listed for sale here on Hemmings in Beverly Hills, California, with an asking price of $15,750. It ‘s going to need a dedicated new owner to see it through to completion. I would enjoy driving it in the primer grey while I did upgrades and repairs on the weekends, but with all the chrome trim, these cars look amazing painted a bright color. What color would you paint it?

There aren’t a lot of details in the ad, but you can tell this car has had some work done to it.  Clearly the floors are bare and need some more attention to get them repaired.  Almost all of the interior has been stripped along with most of the exterior trim.  One of the neatest features of these cars is the art deco dash.  It features similar curves and details that the exterior does.

The ad does say the car comes with an “engine and transmission” but there are no details as to the specifications or condition.  It looks like a pretty typical small block Chevrolet motor.  The exhaust and gas tank looks new.  It will obviously need re-wired, a cooling system, and other work to even begin thinking about making it road worthy.

Hope the new buyer has a good polishing wheel!  There’s acres of trim and bits to be restored and polished. This era of cars is known for a ton of chrome and polished trim, with wagons featuring that much more. It looks like the pile of parts may be complete, but it will be hard to tell until it can be sorted and organized. Along with a buffer, hopefully the new owner will be detailed and motivated to finish this project.

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Comments

  1. DrinkinGasoline

    Nomad ? But it has four doors !? Wouldn’t be more like a Yeoman ?

    • DrinkinGasoline

      ^ wouldn’t “it” be…^

    • Steve hagebusch

      After 57 the nomad was a plain normal wagon in 58 the yeomen was the 2 dr model wagon for 58…

    • Steven Duffy

      57 last of the Nomads

      • Char

        NOT. Dad had a 58 Nomad wagon. bronze/copper

    • whippeteer

      They continued the Nomad name until 1961. However it was no longer related to the original style.

  2. Miguel

    Removing the rear door handles doesn’t make it a two door.

    As to the color it should be painted whatever color it was originally.

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  3. Brian Crowe

    I thought all the Nomads were 2 doors? As for colour I would go like Corvette orange for the body with a slight off white for the roof. It would be a sweet ride.

    • Dave Katt

      57 was the last year for two door Nomad.

    • whippeteer

      They continued the Nomad name until 61.

      • Kevin

        And as I have already mentioned, the name reappeared on late 60s – early 70s chevelle 4Dr wagons

  4. David

    After 1957 I believe the Nomads were no longer 2 door wagons

  5. Brian Gould

    I would go with “Hey Look at Me” yellow. It would be great fun explaining to all who see her that 1958 was the only 4 door BelAir Nomad. After that the Nomad name went to other product lines like Biscayne and impala.

  6. Sam

    The Yeoman is a 2 door with rear side glass. The Delray is a 2 door delivery without side glass.

    Cool wagons in any configuration.

  7. Milt

    You know it’s Beverly Hills Car Club just by the white wall and cracked cement floor.

    • Double R car

      The phone # is a Beverly Hills prefix, but you never know with these guys.

  8. Brian Gould

    For 1958 the Delray was a line of it’s own, formerly being within the 210 series but now replacing the 150 series. Adding the side glass made it a Yeoman. But since neither were BelAir series the 1958 BelAir Nomad remained the only 4 door BelAir Nomad for 1958.

  9. DrinkinGasoline

    They are very cool. I like them better than the 56 or 57’s. This one is not a Nomad though. Likely a Brookwood ?

  10. Steve Member

    The 1958 Chevy, regardless of model, was the best looking car of that period, and it was a one-off design. I had two, an Impala convertible and a Impala hardtop, both with factory installed continental kits with big block engines. Smooth, quite impressive driving vehicles. And it was a good thing that gas only cost around $.35 a gallon too.

  11. DrinkinGasoline

    Wow…not sure whats going on here. All of My comments are gone. Maybe because I’m in Texas as a responder for Harvey ?
    Things are starting to subside here. Tons of folks here still need help. I’m coming off of a 12 hour rotation out getting ready to go back in….Contribute in any way you can !

    • DrinkinGasoline

      Now the comments are back…..weird.

      • DrinkinGasoline

        Technology is great….until it isn’t. :(

    • MeepMeep

      Thank You for your service DG !!

    • Howard A Member

      Thanks for helping, DG, it’s got to be an overwhelming situation. I’m not sure I’d know where to begin. I’m just too darn far away, but now that I’m retired, I’ve always thought they could use a trucker to haul away the mountain of waste, and might still do that someday. Be careful out there, I’m sure it’s no day at the beach.

  12. Adam T45 Staff

    I know that it probably doesn’t sound particularly original, but I’d be hard-pressed to resist painting it red with a white top. The polished chrome would sparkle against that.

    • DrinkinGasoline

      I applaud you for not being original Adam. I myself would do the same except substitute the red for teal. Factory Tu-Tone was just the opposite being dark over light. And yes, the polished trim would surely gleam in contrast !

  13. waynard

    NOT an “Art Deco” dashboard. Come on you guys.

    • DrinkinGasoline

      It was the infancy of the Space Age Era. Certainly not Art Deco.

    • Mountainwoodie

      Jeez I was being nice and not making that point. Far from Art Deco. Look at a Chrysler Airflow….or a Bluebird Radio…..they’re Art Deco.

      • DweezilAZ

        30s for Art Deco, but still love the car.

        One of the worst of the 50s, but just the fact it even exists makes it worth preserving.

        Any factory two tone color would suit it.

  14. Jon Hendrickson

    Would be fun to have Nomad are not

  15. Chief

    Being a four door, and trying to source hundreds of missing parts for restoration, I believe the 15,750.00 asking price is about 15,000.00 too high. I am a great admirer of any 2 door Nomad and would pursue one over this.

  16. Steve-o

    I don’t beleave that’s a nomad. Too many doors.

  17. elad

    For this 58 wagon their asking about 12,000 more than it’s worth!

  18. Jim Norman

    What model is that ’58 Chevy station wagon? Look here: https://58classicchevy.com/1958-chevrolet-station-wagons

    • MorganW Morgan Winter Member

      Thanks for clearing that up…I wasn’t aware of a 4-door Nomad…

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  20. JimmyJ

    Waay too much money whats it worth done 30k?

    • CaCarDude

      Since you asked about value, according to the new issue of Old car report price guide this 4 dr version of the Nomad is valued as follows with 6 being a parts bucket and a 1 as a restored show piece.
      1. $28k
      2. $19,600
      3. $12,600
      4. $5,600
      5. $3,360 Maybe this car on a real good day, and a buyer with poor eyesight.
      6. $1,120
      Hope this helps you out, IMO it is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

  21. CaCarDude

    The Nomad line was 2dr for the tri-five series the 55,56, and 57 being my favorite and on my bucket list. My brother currently has an unrestored ’56 beauty he bought in ’98 for $10k and drives it about twice a year. On the ’58 they were 4dr models up thru the ’61 model year, yes you read correctly they were all 4dr for the Nomad line up, sort of a deluxe Impala stretched and with two added doors. The first year Impala was in 1958 making a beautiful one year body style. My best friend in HS had a copper ’58 Impala we cruised in many weekends and during after school hours, great ride back in the day!
    On this wagon I would like to see a nice Roman Red applied and add the correct original Impala interior, Legendary should have this available, buyer will need some deep pockets! Asking price is a good $6-8k high IMO.

  22. David Barlowe

    This car is not as nomad, all nomad front doors were rounded at the top of the door where the door meets the main body when it closes. If you’re standing at the drivers door, it is where the window meets the top of the door to the right. This is not a nomad.

  23. Mike W H

    In 1958 my family had a Nomad wagon in turquoise. The neighborhood hot rodders (they worked in the garage next door) gathered around to look under the hood, which dad was proudly showing off. I was too young to grok the significance of it, but he had special ordered a 348 with three two barrels on it.
    Yay Dad! Good replacement for the ’55 Nomad. Had a sweet pic of a turquoise Nomad back fender with “Nomad” written on it but it won’t upload to the site.

  24. Chebby

    Maybe it’s the lighting in the room suggesting it…I’m seeing this one in Evening Orchid metallic, one of GMs best and most unusual colors.

  25. Howard A Member

    Well, it certainly has the inflated “California” price tag. I had a ’58 DelRay 4 door for a while. It was a fun car, because of all the comments it generated along the way. It was a bare bones car, 6, stick, no options, and loved oil. With a price like this, it’s going to attract the resto-mod group, that will probably totally transform this car into something it was never designed for. This, anywhere else, SHOULD be a couple grand car, couple grand to restore it to it’s original purpose, and a family could enjoy the old car hobby. Shame that won’t happen here.
    Wouldn’t this car look nice if it was restored to this?
    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/bd/ba/c2/bdbac21a121eb2be3500b7b0577b676c–station-wagon-garage.jpg

    • Kevin

      Not that I give a hoot about chevroleys, but here’s a little info for all you new millennias, the name nomad resurfaced one last time on late 60s – early 70s 4dr chevelle wagons.

  26. Ken Carney

    My Dad bought a Brookwood wagon as a
    second car in ’64 or ’65. Ours was a 2-tone blue and had a 235 6-cylinder 3-speed tranny. I recall that it was always
    reliable, and started on the coldest winter days. We had it 2 years before trading it for a ’64 Buick Skylark wagon with the raised roof. As for this car, I would not
    butcher it. Instead, I would buy a basket
    case ’58 Chevy wagon so that I could
    build it the way I wanted it. My way would include a 454 big block V 8 with either a T 400 or 700R4 auto tranny. The
    car would also have 4 wheel disc brakes
    for better stopping power, along with a
    firmer suspension and a Toyota electric
    power steering box for better handling.
    The interior would be near stock except for a good stereo system and ice cold
    A/C. Wrap it all up in a deep brick red
    and desert beige paint job, and you’d
    have a winner–a true working wagon
    for much less than an SUV.

    • Brian Gould

      I couldn’t find a 58 Nomad on that site. The site is apparently not searchable and if there is any organizational system it is not apparent.

      • Brian Gould

        Disregard that. It was just crazy slow to completely load. I think I need a new phone.

  27. Jay Adams

    All these comments by people that should probably keep to themselves. As a owner of a 58 Nomad I find it hard to believe anyone went out of their way to track down all the trim that is Nomad only and put on another 58 wagon 4door. Give up people, that is a 58 Nomad, do your homework.

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