1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad
Frame-Off Restored Example
3-Speed Overdrive, Power Disc Brakes & Power Steering
We occasionally find the need to provide lengthy descriptions and explanations for the cars that we list on eBay. Frankly, describing this desirable, 1957 Bel Air Nomad is straightforward. The car represents a complete, frame-off restoration to a very high standard. As the photos reflect, the car has the appearance of very few miles, and estimated <1,000, since being total restored to largely stock configuration.
This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon is finished in Dusk Pearl with Imperial White over a silver/black interior and is powered by a 283ci V8 paired with a 3-speed transmission with and overdrive. Additional features include front power disc brakes and power steering. The car has been owned by a client with an exclusive collection of vehicles of interest near our showroom outside of San Francisco.
The current owner acquired the Nomad in fully frame-off restored condition in 2018 and has since added less than 500 miles to the odometer. The exterior and interior and engine compartment have a totally stock appearance with one obvious exception. A late model Edelbrock 4 barrel carburetor has been added but the car retains the original manifolds and most of the other original style components. The original carburetor is included with the sale. The VIN # decodes as follows:
VIN VC57L 165039
V = V8 Car
C = 1955-1957 Series 2400 Bel Air
57 = 1957
L = Los Angeles Assembly Plant
Trim Tag as follows:
Style 57-1064DF 57 = 1957 1964 = Bel Air Nomad 2 Door Wagon
Body No CL 4363 CL = Produced in Cleveland, Ohio #4363 Plant sequence production number (no correlation to VIN production #)
Trim 691 = Black / Silver
Paint 822D – 822 = Dusk Pearl / Imperial Ivory D = Two-tone paint
ACC EZ1 = Tinted Glass
1957 was the final year of production for the first generation Bel Air Nomad, and the model featured the same interior, gold anodized trim, front fender chevrons, ribbed aluminum tail fin inserts, and rear-wheel sheet metal as other Bel Airs. Extremely minor paint imperfections are too slight to show in the photos but include a small paint imperfection located a few inches below he left side rear window and a paint crack in the near area near the right gutter rail at the back of the car and a touched up chip on the leading edge of the driver’s side of the door. These and other slight flaws do not detract from the high quality of the paintwork and appearance of the Nomad.
14″ steel wheels wear full wheel covers wrapped in Diamond Back Classic tires with date codes ranging from 5th week / 2017 to 8th week 2018 in size 215 / 75 / 14.” The 1957 model’s distinctive sloped B-pillar and sliding rear side windows are shown in the extensive photos. The two-tone black and silver upholstery is complemented by chrome trim on the dash, steering wheel, door panels, windows, and headliner. The car is fitted with front seat belts. A spare is located in a compartment below the rear cargo area. Photos of the exterior, engine compartment and underside support the 100% rust free nature of this Nomad.
The Chevy is a pleasure to drive due to the upgraded power steering and power brakes including upgraded slotted front brake rotors. And, as important, the Nomad drives as well as it looks. A 120-mph speedometer has a five-digit odometer indicating just under 54K miles though the true mileage is unknown.
The Nomad was recently serviced including a tune-up, oil change and new wide white wall tires within 2 years. Additionally, a safety inspection has been completed with no negative findings and comments from the inspector that this is one of the nicest Tri-Five Chevy’s he has seen in years.
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