The 1958 Chevrolet Impala is an intricate and sough-after design.
So it only get better on a classic that is not only quite complete,
but also it shows signs of terrific originality everywhere -
including on the 348ci V8.
This is an important year because Chevy launched the Impala name on
the range-topping 1958 car, and this was on a one-year styling, so
it will always have classic appeal. This is a factory Onyx Black
car, and the consignor even states it's the original application.
It has that classic single-stage look, and there are aged-in
details up close. So while it will be difficult to fully prove
originally, it certainly looks the part. The result is a car that
retains a good gloss to get respect at spotlights, and when you're
showing it off, there's also a story to tell. Plus, the
all-important brightwork is not only part of the originality claim,
but also it's complete and shining. We love the big grille and
bumper combo up front that announced the longer, lower, and wider
'58 Chevy. The full-length bright strip loves to show case the
well-kept nature of this coupe. There's a delicate trim line that
starts in the rear quarters and seamlessly wrap around the
taillights for an appearance like tailfins turned on their side.
And those stylish factory wheel covers are at the center of newer
whitewalls. So the whole package has an impressiveness that goes
beyond its originality.
Tri-tone interiors were the Impala's calling card, and the gray,
black, and turquoise is a nicely presented example of a factory
package. Everything from the bright insert in the door panels to
the excellent carpeting appears well-respected. The black seats get
a cool tri-tone insert that both breaks up the sea of darkness, and
adds distinction. So you will happily roll down all the windows on
this pillarless hardtop and show off the inside. The dashboard is a
big step forward compared to 1957, and the correct two-spoke
jet-age inspired steering wheel is beautifully finished with lots
of bright details. The gauges are nicely rendered with crisp
numbers on black backgrounds. And it really is a correct package,
right down to the AM radio that's sill cranking out tunes.
On a coupe so nicely presented so far, you'll love lifting the hood
to see a correct looking engine bay. It gets the vintage
presentation correct from the generator to the decal on the air
grabber. And in the center of it all is the bright 348 cubic-inch
V8. That was the big motor for 1958, and this show the right signs
of being original to this F-code car. The consignor even claims
that the motor was properly refreshed 7,000 miles ago with new
rings, seals, bearings, and heads reworked. And the way it run
today reaffirms that it has been given proper care. The V8 inhales
deeply with the four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales with a
mighty tune from the dual exhaust. The Powerglide automatic
transmission is also part of the original-style packaging, and it
makes this hardtop great for a Sunday drive.
The sale comes complete with the original dealer invoice, original
documentation, previous registration slips, maintenance receipts,
and a large service manual. There's even an article from 1958 about
the first owner. It's all part of a package that helps tell the
story of a unique and significant classic. So if you want a
respected vintage car that also has a real history, call today!