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From The Tom Haag Estate Collection

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon

  • Mid-century modern family transportation
  • Superb design, style, power and desirability
  • Iconic and timeless beauty
  • Well-documented with receipts and detailed photos

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First shown as part of GM’s 1954 Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria, Chevrolet’s dramatic Nomad station wagon, based on the sporty Corvette, was a major sensation. The following year, the Nomad was brought to the market as a full-size two-door hardtop station wagon. While the production numbers were modest, the Nomad did build showroom traffic and added to the flair of Chevrolet’s new styling. Its hallmark was the gracefully forward-slanted B-pillar, which was echoed in the rear contour, along with several vertical chrome strips added to the rear tailgate, designed by Carl Renner under the direction of the legendary Harley Earl. For 1957, Bel Air side trim was used including the distinctive rear quarter anodized aluminum flash and a rear wheel opening that more closely resembled the regular passenger cars. For many, it was the epitome of design and function.

This beautiful example hails from California and was assembled at the Los Angeles area Van Nuys facility. While the early history of this stunning wagon has been lost, copies of the receipts on hand show the Nomad was treated to a full restoration during the early 1990s. Today it is finished in Matador Red with India Ivory two-toning while the interior features proper grain vinyl bolsters with black and red “cloud” fabric inserts in the factory saddle-stitch pattern, complemented with matching door panels and red chain vinyl headliner and sun visors. Optional equipment includes the Wonderbar AM radio, electric clock, power steering and power brakes, dual exhaust, back-up lights, EZ-Eye tinted glass with blue-banded windshield, full wheel covers with the simulated knock-off ornaments, and wide whitewall tires. The Super Turbo-Fire V-8 engine is beautifully detailed as is the entire engine compartment. The odometer shows under 5,900 miles, which is probably all this car has been driven in the 30 years since its restoration. While this Nomad was born in Southern California, it did live many years of its life in the dry climate of Arizona where it was well-protected as evidenced by the pristine appearance this car presents today. All chrome work is deep and reflective, the glass is without flaws and the bodywork appears to be at or above factory specifications. Nomads were among the first American-built cars from the 1950s to be sought-after by enthusiasts and collectors, and this example is one of the finest.

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