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 highly correct, offering everything an investor would
want and everything a hobbyist can love.
Painted brilliant code 923 Rio Red, this big ragtop definitely has the right look. In 1958, the guy who ordered this car new seemed to understand that there was just no point in going subtle, 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 spectacular 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.
I mentioned the tri-tone interior and it has also been expertly restored to as-new condition. 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 accessory tissue dispenser under the dash. The gauges are in excellent 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 power convertible top that seals this big ragtop up without effort and it comes with a red boot for warm weather. And thanks to the continental kit 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, and the top performer was the tri-power version like this, featuring three 2-barrel carburetors. The uniquely shaped valve covers make it easy to spot in the engine bay and the trio of carburetors hides neatly under a large, round air cleaner. Chevy Orange paint and correct hardware, fasteners, and fittings make it look very correct. It still generates electricity with a generator and it's fitted with a reproduction Delco tar top battery, so they obviously cared about making it look right as well as run properly. Remarkably, this big luxury cruiser is fitted with a 3-speed manual transmission, which makes it a great performer with that muscular V8 under the hood. It also sounds great with that dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers offering a classic '50s soundtrack. Beautifully detailed chassis components, shiny red floors, and all-new hardware make this a car you can drive and show with confidence. And those gorgeous 15-inch chrome wire wheels make a high-impact car even more appealing and carry proper 7.50-14 Firestone 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, #1 investment car that's a joy to drive. Call today!
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