Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

Chevrolet had a very successful year in 1957, managing to outsell its archrival Ford with a highly developed model line that remains, in the eyes of many observers, among the most appealing postwar automobiles. More than visually beautiful, the 1957 Chevrolets also offered a wide and growing variety of powerful engine choices and a long list of optional features and amenities, topped by the very desirable Bel Air series. Perhaps the most memorable Bel Air model was the unique Nomad two-door station wagon, the most expensive of the seven available Bel Air body types. With its modern hardtop roof design, airy greenhouse and distinctive, sweeping B-pillar, the Nomad was tremendously attractive and with limited production of just 6,103 units for 1957, it remains highly sought-after and collectible to this day.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

220 bhp, 283 cu. in. V8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, Powerglide two-speed automatic 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".

Source: RM Auctions

Gallery: Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad