The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 132
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

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1957 Chevrolet  Bel Air Nomad


• Immaculate fit and finish throughout
• 327 cid V-8 with four-speed manual transmission
• Power windows and power front seat
• Legendary Harley Earl design

327 cid V-8 engine, 300 HP, single four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115"

The Tri-5 Chevrolets, starting in 1955 and ending production in 1957, are arguably the most recognizable cars ever produced, and their distinct lines and styles define the 50s era. As they tend to do, the displacement and horsepower for each new engine option continued to grow until 1957 when the Corvettes 283 was offered for the first time in a passenger car.

The most interesting body style of the era was the masterpiece of one of the era's most notable designers, Harley Earl. Earl had presented the idea for the Nomad as a mate to the Corvette, but when he saw the design come to fruition, he could only describe it as a dream come true. With just over 6,000 Nomads ever produced, its a car that is recognized by the most amateur car guy and still admired by the most affluent collectors.

This Nomad was kept and enjoyed by the same owner since 1978 until recent and, with a car like this, it is easy to understand why he enjoyed it for over three decades! The nearly flawless finish is laid on in Matador Red and Imperial White, the chrome trim is all correct, and every piece shines like it just rolled off the production line. Its a standout example of the Nomad, with the perfectly restored seats covered in a period-correct design that features red and black cloth trimmed with red vinyl. it is brilliantly equipped with power windows and a power front seat. The brightwork throughout is exceptional, and the Hurst shifter that rises from the center of the floorboard gives this otherwise factory appearing ride a touch of custom panache. Tucked quietly away under all that chrome, paint, and upholstery is a transplant that bulks up the muscle on this wagon - the 300-horsepower 327, which adds enough power to make driving even more exciting. Mated to the Hurst four-speed manual transmission, the experience is exhilarating. This car is perfect for cruising or car events and will appeal to any collector looking to add a true icon of the American automobile to their collection.

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