The model year 1958 was a strange one for Detroit, with both General Motors and Ford introducing full-size cars that were essentially stylistic dead ends. And 1958 was the year that GM divisions really slathered on the chrome for top models; even Chevrolet Corvette featured a bunch of chrome flare.
One car that truly stands out from 1958 is the Chevrolet Impala, a new nameplate for Chevy signifying the premium model of the Bel Air series, and with a name that attempted to evoke the agility of an African antelope. Though expensive and available only as hardtops and convertibles, Chevrolet sold plenty of them.
The Pick of the Week is a great-looking 1958 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop that is described as the full restoration of a meticulously maintained car, with just 300 miles since it was refurbished. Gorgeous in its original black that highlights the extensive chrome trim, and with the interior redone in its factory red, the Impala looks like a showpiece.
“Overall this car is outstanding,” the Andover, Massachusetts, dealer says in the ClassicCars.com advertisement. “This 1958 Chevrolet (Bel Air) Impala coupe is a true collector car, perfect in every way.
“This car is very solid and laser straight, and looks like a new car.”
The many layers of chrome accents are impressive, especially the gleaming airflow flash between the doors and the rear wheels, and the air vent above the rear window. The crossed-flags Impala emblem is a thing of beauty. This Impala sports such period accessories as dual rear-fender radio antennas; oddly, the photos show the car on the left side with a fender skirt but not one on the right.
The car does pack some performance.
“For a drivetrain, she has the 348cid Turbo Thrust V8 with the Tri Power setup (triple deuce carburetors), which is coupled to an updated 350 automatic transmission,” the dealer says.
After spending most of its years in North Carolina and Florida, the Impala was purchased by the current owner, who shipped it home to Nova Scotia, Canada, where it is now located. He had the car restored from the frame up, and has obsessively cared for it since.
“This car has never seen rain nor water,” the seller says. “She is washed with a water-free Mother’s product to keep her completely away from moisture.”
The asking price seems strong at $68,750, but this seems like a special and attractive car that looks ready to win awards and turn heads everywhere it goes. Although, it could use another fender skirt for the right side, or else lose the one on the left. Looks weird with just one.