Honest Driver: 1958 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon – NOW $14,000 Firm

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

June 3rd Update:  two months gone and this interesting driver quality 1958 Chevrolet Nomad remains available as we came across a new listing over the weekend with the firm price reduced from the original $16,000 to to $14,000.  This appears to be a great car you can enjoy cruising in while you make upgrades as your time an budget permit.  Good luck with the purchase!

While the two-door Nomad became an iconic and treasured model within the 1955-1957 Chevrolet “Tri-Five” full-size cars, 1958 Nomads such as this example listed just yesterday here on Craigslist in Westfield, New Jersey where the current caretaker now has his car firmly priced at $14,000. Reviewing the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for this Chevy wagon confirms the seller’s firm price falls between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $17,300 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $13,100.  The current caretaker for the last four years is quick to point out he is in no hurry to sell his Nomad and clearly states he is firm on his price, so as long as you are willing to pay the $16,000 you can start the conversation by calling Bill at (908) 370-2100 and when you do please remember to mention you saw his Nomad featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

For the 1958 model year, Chevrolet moved the Nomad name to its top-line four-door Bel Air-based station wagon,  right above the new mid-priced Biscayne based Brookwood. This was the only four-door Bel Air-based Nomad station wagon. Like the rest of Chevrolet’s 1958 full-size car line up, the Nomad featured Chevrolet’s new “Safety-Girder” cruciform frame. Similar in layout to the frame adapted for the 1957 Cadillac, it featured box-section side rails and a boxed front cross member that bowed under the engine, these “x-frames” were used on other 1958 to 1964 Chevys, as well as Cadillac. The rear was tied together by a channel-section cross member.

We love the raw honesty of this driver quality Nomad the current caretaker appears to have sorted mechanically.  We like the seller’s advice that you  can drive it while you continue to make improvements to it.  The first thing we would tackle is getting the interior back to like-new as reproduction pieces for these cars are readily available.  We’d also consider adding a Vintage Air unit and Retrosound stereo to make this neat wagon more cruise worthy for your family and friends to cruise with you in it.  The private seller went to the trouble providing a walk-around video of his Nomad:

 

The Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s updated description:

“4 DR, 6 passenger wagon. Original 283 V8 motor with original 3 speed manual trans on the column. Numbers matching. Options include the working AM Radio and power steering. I have owned this car about 4 years. I have upgraded or repaired the following components: 4 new shocks; New rear springs; Net clutch; Rebuilt generator and power steering pump combo unit; New steering hoses; Original 14” rims with excellent hubcaps and brand new spinners; New carpeting; New door sills; New master cylinder (brakes); New wheel cylinders at all 4 wheels; New Ebrake installed; New battery; recent front end alignment. Tuned and serviced.

Car runs and drives nicely. I have a milk crate full of extra parts as well as the shop manual. Car needs exterior work. Needs paint and some minor body work. Floors are okay. Some rust on the chassis but not bad. Since I purchased the car, I have been going to car shows and finding random pieces of chrome as the chrome on the car was pretty pitted when I bought it. Replaced most of the bumper pieces, the tail lights, the headlight bezels, the gunsights on the hood, the Chevrolet script. Still a few pieces to get. Car also needs interior work. New seat covers, headliner and door panels. You could leave what is there, there, if you wanted. See pics.

Fix it up and drive it as is. WHen was the last time you saw a 58 Nomad rolling down the street? Not many left. RARE to see them for sale anywhere. No tire kickers. No trades. I am in no hurry to sell this wagon, so no low ball offers please!”

And here is the seller’s original February description:

“1958 Chevrolet Nomad 4DR 6 passenger Station Wagon. Motor is the original 283 cu. inch and is mated to a manual 3 speed on the column transmission. Numbers matching. This wagon has the original AM radio (works) as well as power steering. I have owned the vehicle for about 4 years. During that time, I have had the following repairs/upgrades made to it.

4 new shocks
New springs in rear
New clutch/pressure plate/throwout bearing
Rebuilt generator and power steering pump (correct combo unit for that year); including all new steering hoses & slave cylinder
Original 14” hubcaps with new spinners
New carpet/padding; new door sills
4 new bias-ply “wide whitewall” 14” tires
Brakes adjusted; new master cylinder; all 4 wheel cylinders rebuilt
New e-brake cable installed
Just tuned up and serviced
Front end alignment
New valve cover gaskets
New battery
New carpets in front and back seats

Car runs and drives nicely – as it should. As you can see in the pics, the wagon does need some work. I will be as honest as I can in describing the car: I have acquired and installed many pieces of NOS chrome, including the door handles, bumpers, tail light bezels and headlight trim. All stainless trim is there – all needs to be polished. Small dent on left rocker panel. Body is very straight although there is evidence of poorly applied body filler in spots on the car. Car will need interior work: headliner, seat covers, door panels, etc. Car has tremendous potential for the next owner. Most parts are readily available. Fix it up as you drive the car. Being sold as is. Car turns heads and sparks conversation when I take it out on the road. When was the last time you saw a car like this? Not many left. RARE! Price is firm at $16,000. No tire kickers, no trades accepted. Please don’t make me any offers. Price is firm. I am in no hurry to sell this wagon. Thanks for reading this. “

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