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My father and brother came up to my house today to check on our honeybee's like they do every month and my father got to talking about the trifives he had owned and he was telling me that the '57 Nomad he used to drag race was a decent car and that when he got it he paid only $80 bucks for it and it was a 283 2bbl powerglide car that he put a 4:56 posi carrier in it and also drove it on the street.He ended up selling the colonial yellow with a black roof for $50 bucks cuz it needed a fuel pump and he had his eye on a '57 tudor hardtop belair which he ended up buying for $500 and kept that car for 10 or so years and that car I do remember,the nomad I have only seen in old pictures.I wonder what that nomad would be worth today,it also had power steering too.
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Yup! Back in the 60's when I was in high school I went thru about ten cars that were all 52' or newer. I don't think I paid more than $300 for any of them. Maybe that's why I ended up crashing or burning them.:sign0020: If I only had them now.

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GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY

I must be good for the economy as I seem to pay high and sell low... In 1963I paid $600.00 for my first trifive... It was a 56, 150 2dr post 265 with 3 on the tree, standard radio and deluxe heater... A few months before that I bought 53 Belair 4dr driveable junker for $65.00... If I knew then what I know now... Later, Dave
 

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I bought my first 57 at age 12 in 1965 for $50.00.And drove it home.
Many parts 57's for $25.00 and up.
But,to make these prices relevant,my first part-time job only paid $.75 an hour!
I think minimum wages back then was $1.35.
That means that a $300.00 car was a big ticket item!
Mike.:)
 

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In 1974 I bought a '55 wagon for $500.00 with a 348 V8 and 3-speed manual from a highschool auto shop teacher. Put over 200,000 miles on that wagon.
 

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I bought my first 57 in 1965 for $400. From the sound of things, I got ripped off. Haha.

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Bought a Handyman wagon in '74 for $75 and drove it off. Drove it the rest of the summer till I had to report back, and gave it to a friend who had it for years before I lost track of him.

Next was a '55 2dr post that I figure I got paid to take... 1977, shag was big, and I wanted some lay back bucket seats out of a Toyota to put in my 62 Impala. Guy had wrecked the Toyota, and I bought it for $20. Grabbed the seats, a case of oil, and a CB antenna out of the Toyota, and the landlord was yelling at me to get rid of the junk. I was going to have to pay a junk yard to haul it off when a guy who was stationed with me wanted to know if I still wanted the 55. Of course! He needed something to drive, and the Toy still ran, so he drove it off sitting on milk crates with a crumpled fender. The 55 was in Columbus OH with a dropped piston. Bout 3 hrs from my home town, and 10 minutes from an uncles :) Brought it home when I ETS'd, pulled the 327 from the 62, and drove it till a better trade came along.
 

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I got my first 55 2drht belair in 1975 for $800.00 bucks ,,it was a great car ,i dove it for 8 years --when my father heard how much i paid for it he went though the roof !!! he couldn't believe i paid that much for that car !!!--oh well how times have changed----------------:cool:
 

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Back when I was younger a 2-door was the hot ticket. No one wanted the 4-doors or wagons. they were almost give-a-way cars.

The good friend I bought my Handyman Wagon from was in to tri-5 Wagons. Everyone around here laughed at him. At one time owned about 10 '57 Wagons. He tried to sell me a 210 2-door Wagon for $50 once. No engine or trans.

My very first car cost my parents $150. I was 14 years old. Did not even get to drive it home. My dad did. And he laughed at me and the car the entire trip. 38 years later we're still together.

Bought a '57 BelAir 2-door Hardtop once for $25. No engine or trans.

There as a beautiful '57 BelAir 2-door Sedan (a real one) I bought for $40 once. I drove it home.

My 210 4-door Sedan cost me $100. She had 45,000 original miles on her stock 283 at the time. I bought her from the original owner's daughter. The mother had a stroke and had passed away by the time I got the car.

My other BelAir Hardtop cost me $150. It was purchased from a guy I went to school with. I tried to buy this very car in 1972 but the guy who owned it then would no sell it.

My windowed Delivery was $1,000. The most I'd ever paid for a '57 Chevy at that time. (october, 1981)

The 150 Handyman Wagon is the most I've EVER paid for a '57 Chevy. My good friend Steve ask I never tell anyone what I gave for it, and I never have. :)

My last '57 cot me $300. But it needs some TLC after setting outside in someone's yard for almost 30 years.
 

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'55 Chevy BelAir

I sold a '67 Camaro 327, A/C, console, red w/black top for $700.00, paid $600.00 for my '55 BelAir in 1973, still have it today, 4 paint jobs, and 3 grandkids later. Also found new Hooker long tube headers and Elderbock manifold in the trunk, still in the boxes. Charles :)
 

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In 1966 I was working at a Chevrolet dealer and a guy brought a 55 2dr 210 in to get it running . After the mechanic checked it out the guy didn't have enough money to pay the bill . So he gave the dealer the title for payment. Later I bought it for $50 . It was a good car the rust over the headlamps and a worn interior . I installed a 1960 corvette 283/270 engine , muncie 4 speed ,a 4.56 posie rear, and Two fiberglass fenders drove it for 5 years . Don
 

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I bought my '55 in 1977 for $45. I had to pull it out of a grove and the engine had been pulled to put in a threshing machine. 2 dr. 210 sedan pretty complete other than the front seat and was last licensed in 1965. It shows 21,000 miles on the clock and I think that is the original mileage. It is in my shed today along with the others. I still smile when I think that I had to negotiate the price down from $50 since at the age of 15 I couldn't afford to pay more than $45! Times change.
 

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I am not including parts cars (acquired for as little as $0.00) or projects cars that never got running. This is only cars I actually got to drive. All these cars were mostly rust free Texas cars.

1964 bought a 1957 BelAir 4 door hardtop. Paid $400,00. Newly rebuilt engine, excellent original paint, chrome and interior, power brakes, power steering, accessory bumper guards, power seat, power windows.

1965 bought 1955 BelAir 2 door hardtop. Paid $125.00. Needed paint and carpet. Three speed trans had no 1st gear or reverse. Replaced the trans with a rebuilt for $35.00.

1977 bought 1956 Nomad. Paid $1000.00. Rough, but was a 20 footer, 283, 4 speed. Paid $1000.00. I still have this car, however it has been disassembled for years.

1978 bought 1955 210 2 door sedan. Paid $395.00. Needed a-frame bushings.

1982 bought 1957 BelAir 4 door wagon. Owner wanted $500.00 but I couldn't afford it. He let me give him $100.00 down, take the car, and pay him $100.00 a week for the next four weeks. I still have this car.
 
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