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Throughout its long history, GM’s Chevrolet Division consistently produced some of the most popular automobile designs of all time. Today, they continue to form the backbone of today’s classic-car culture. Of all, though, Chevy’s wildly successful and handsomely designed 1955-1957 “Shoebox” models rank at the top of the list today. While certain Chevrolet enthusiasts prefer the subtlety of the 1955 and 1956 models, others favor the flashier 1957 Chevy line and the top-level 1957 Bel Air models as the ultimate expression of the concept.
Deft stylistic updates for 1957 maintained a remarkably fresh and light appearance, even though Chevrolet’s tailfins grew considerably larger than those of 1956. Similarly, the distinctive “face” and larger bumper up front avoided the heavy-handed effect of certain other manufacturers’ designs of the era. An ever-growing list of powertrain choices and combinations, plus new high-performance parts geared to competition added considerable substance to back up the sizzle, with Chevy’s immensely successful small-block V-8 now enlarged to 283 cubic inches.
In addition to their increased performance and handling improvements, the Chevrolet line continued to offer the “crash proof” door locks, a padded safety dashboard, and optional seatbelts launched the previous year. Powerful four-barrel and dual-quad engines, plus the handful of cars equipped with Rochester fuel injection, kept Chevrolet competitive on NASCAR ovals and the fast-growing drag strips across America. From new, customizers, drag racers, and hot rodders all gravitated to Chevy’s 1957 models in all forms and trim levels, ranging from the basic 150 and 210 cars to the highly equipped, top-of-the-line Bel Air, a mainstay of the classic-car marketplace today.
The stylish, low-production Nomad, based on Chevrolet’s 1954 Corvette Nomad concept station wagon, was conceived by Harley Earl’s GM design staff, debuted at the 1954 New York Motorama show, and brought to production reality for 1955. A sporting two-door station wagon with a distinctively slanted B-pillar that translated perfectly to the top-level full-size Chevrolet Bel Air line, the Nomad wagon conclusively proved that “utility” and “style” are by no means mutually exclusive terms. The original Nomad continued as a low-production (by Chevrolet standards) image leader for the 1956 and 1957 model years that continues to captivate all onlookers today.
Combining the Nomad’s classic styling with the best modern performance technologies, this ’57 Chevy Nomad is a full-on performance build with great colors, a new custom interior, a beautifully dressed high-performance engine, and a Wonderbar radio converted to modern specs including iPod connectivity. The Consingor advises this Nomad is a factory A/C car, and the system has been upgraded. Rolling on new tires, it marks an outstanding custom Nomad find as offered!