If you've been paying attention to '50s Chevrolet values, you
already know that the 1958 Impala convertible is the biggest star
in the bowtie universe. This incredible ragtop is beautifully
restored and fantastic to drive, offering everything an investor
would want and everything a hobbyist can love.
Painted brilliant Tuxedo Black, this big ragtop definitely has the right look. It was originally code 936 Ermine White, but when you're doing a show-quality restoration, why not go all-out and make it a stunner, right? It's not like it was going to be subtle anyway, not with all that chrome and the tri-tone interior. And when it was restored, they spent extra time to get it right, because this is a car that attracts a lot of attention. There's a lot to absorb on the '58 Impala, but even if you look closely, you'll see that every detail is razor sharp, from the unique fins to the cool jet-like outlets on the lower quarter panel. Gaps are exemplary and the doors close with ease, the trunk lines up just right, and the giant hood lines up neatly with the grille surround. And speaking of the grille, the massive chrome bill on this car delivered specular results, as all the jewelry is in excellent condition. All the wonderful details that make the '58 Impala so special are here, and all of it got the restorer's touch before it was bolted into place. This car is simply off-the-charts nice.
That gorgeous red, black, and silver tri-tone interior has also been expertly restored to as-new condition. There might be some very minor signs of use, but none of it diminishes the handsome look and way-out '50s styling. New seat covers, fresh carpets, and gorgeous door panels with red anodized inserts accurately re-create the factory look and this is one of those cars that you can drive every day for a month and not notice all the details. Check out the two-tone steering wheel, the neatly accented floor mats, and if you look closely, you'll note that there are four forward gears on the transmission selector, not two. The gauges are in excellent original condition, with a wide speedometer up top and auxiliary gauges in the bright metal dash panel below. There's also a factory AM radio, which is the only component on this entire car that's not functional. Overhead there's a black power convertible top that seals this big ragtop up without effort and it comes with a red boot for warm weather. Out back, the trunk is positively massive and is finished with a correct mat and jack assembly.
The biggest engine you could get in 1958 was a 348 cubic inch V8, with this one being borrowed from a 1960 model. The uniquely shaped valve covers make it easy to spot in the engine bay and the modern Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold hide neatly under a large, round air cleaner (a factory Tri-Power setup is included with the car). Chevy Orange paint and correct hardware, fasteners, and fittings make it look very correct. It still generates electricity with a generator and the brakes are upgraded with a dual reservoir master cylinder and front discs for safety. Remarkably, this big luxury cruiser is fitted with a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, which makes it a great performer with that muscular V8 under the hood, and effortless on the highway. It also sounds great with that dual exhaust system with original-style mufflers offering a classic '50s soundtrack. Beautifully detailed chassis components, shiny floors, and a lot of new hardware make this a car you can drive and show with confidence. And those gorgeous 14-inch hubcaps with spinners make a high-impact car even more appealing and carry a set of right-sized wide whites.
Cars restored to this level are obviously quite rare, and when they're the iconic 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible, it all adds up to a blue-chip investment that's a joy to drive. Call today!