NEW! Award 50: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Nomad Station Wagon – STILL $13,500 FIRM

Mar 2021 | Classifinds, NEW Award, Wagon Wednesday

March 24, 2021 Update – It’s no surprise how overpriced classics from last Fall tend to reappear for sale as soon as the weather breaks.  That’s the case with this 1968 Chevelle Nomad we originally featured last Fall when we awarded the seller our “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) for their optimistic pricing. Fast forward six months and despite admitting selling “due to number of cars owned” they remain firm on their $13,500 ask while we remain firm it’s still too much to ask.

December 1st Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold. 

In our book when you put terms in your car’s listing like “mostly original”, “not a show car”, “factory A/C not working”, and “driver quality” you’ve signaled your car is at the “Good” level of pricing. That was our first impression of this 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Nomad station wagon originally listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in St. Albans, New Vermont. What the car does have going for it is what appears to be an incredibly straight and rust-free southwestern body and frame as well as factory air conditioning, which is likely the justification for the private seller’s $13,500 firm price. Comparing this price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms this private seller has his Nomad priced between the #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $13,100 and the #1 “Excellent” estimate of $21,300. In our humble opinion, this is a #3 “Good” condition car that is closer to the $8,675 estimate.  Consequently, we’re giving this seller our latest NEW! (short for “No Effin Way”) Award for an optimistic firm price as $10,000 would be more in line based on what we see.

Chevrolet introduced its version of the GM’s A-Body as the 1968 Chevelle line. The mid-sized Chevelle received an all-new distinctly sculpted body with tapered front fenders and a rounded beltline. The car adopted a long-hood/short-deck profile with a high rear-quarter “kick-up”. Despite all Chevelle models using a three-inch shorter wheelbase than its predecessor, tread width grew an inch front and rear. Top-trim models (including the SS 396 and new luxury Concours) featured GM’s new Hide-A-Way wiper system. Lesser Chevelles had to make do with exposed wipers for 1968.  The entry-level Chevelle 300 (131 – 132 VIN prefix) came in either pillared coupe or Nomad station wagon form while the 300 Deluxe and Nomad Custom offered more trim and other upgrades.

Here’s a 1968 Chevelle Dealer training video summarizing the complete Chevelle line-up:

This Chevelle Nomad falls in that slippery slope of whether it should be restored to original or have fun making it a mild street machine.  The seller hints his car has a 350 cubic inch V8 now, which likely replaced the original 327 cubic inch mill. If that’s the case, then there’s no justification in trying to bring this car back to “Concours” level condition. Add a nice set of aftermarket wheels, fix the factory airconditioning, and enjoy.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Survivor, solid southwestern vehicle, mostly original. 350, 3spd auto, power steering, front disc, A/C (not working ). Not a show car, driver quality, drives extremely well, no station wagon rattles. Good overall condition. 13500. firm”

Do you have a Chevelle Nomad story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Anonymous

    4 door Nomad?

    • Guys with Rides

      Yes, the Nomad name only applied to Chevy’s two-door wagons in ’55-’57. From ’58-’61, Chevy moved the Nomad name (kind of ironic?) between the Bel-Air and Impala four-door station wagons. They retired the name from ’62 through ’67 before reincarnating its use on an entry-level Chevelle 300 four-door wagon.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for your input as I had never heard of. Nomad label on a 4door Chevelle wagon.


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