1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

  • Year: 1958

  • Make: Chevrolet 

  • Model: Impala Convertible

  • Mileage: 3371

  • Exterior Color: Silver Blue

  • Interior Color: Blue

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Take a look at this BEAUTIFUL 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible! This car looks like it was stored in a time capsule from 1958! Car is in wonderful condition and ready to hit the road with the convertible top up or down! 

 

 

Specs:

348 Tri Power

Suffix Code HA+ 348 3- 2 Barrell

Powerglide Transmission

Power Disc Brakes

Power Steering

Tinted Windshield

Dual Outside Mirrors

Dual Rear Antennas

Windshield Washers

AM Pushbutton

Front and Rear Speakers

Under dash R134 A/C

Correct Harrison Radiator

Correct Delco-Remy Generator

Correct Air Cleaner

Dual Exhaust w/ OE Style Mufflers

Fender Skirts

Spinner Wheel Covers

8.00-14 Wide Whitewall Bias Ply Tires

Clock

Trunk Mat

Correct Spare Tire w/ Jack Assembly

Correct T-3 Headlamps

Car has updated with dual reservoir master cylinder with front disc brakes and R134 Air Conditioning! 

 

 

 

Number produced: 17,000 approx.

Original list price in 1958: $2,841

 

The Chevrolet Impala is a full-sized car built by Chevrolet for model years 1958 to 1985, 1994 to 1996, and 2000 to 2020. The Impala was Chevrolet's popular flagship passenger car and was among the better-selling American-made automobiles in the United States.

 

For its debut in 1958 the Impala was distinguished from other models by its symmetrical triple taillights. The Chevrolet Caprice was introduced as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for model year 1965, later becoming a separate series positioned above the Impala in 1966, which, in turn, remained above the Chevrolet Bel Air and the Chevrolet Biscayne. The Impala continued as Chevrolet's most popular full-sized model through the mid-1980s. Between 1994 and 1996 the Impala was revised as a 5.7-liter V8–powered version of the Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan.

 

The Impala name was first used for the full-sized 1956 General Motors Motorama show car that bore Corvette-like design cues, especially the grille. It was named Impala after the graceful African antelope, which was used as the car's logo. Painted emerald green metallic, with a white interior, the Impala concept car featured hardtop styling. Clare MacKichan's design team, along with designers from Pontiac, started to establish basic packaging and dimensions for their shared 1958 General Motors "A" body in June. The first styling sketch that directly influenced the finished Chevrolet automobile was seen by General Motors Styling Vice President Harley Earl in October. Seven months later the basic design was developed.

 

For 1958 GM was promoting their 50th year of production, and introduced anniversary models for each brand; Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet. The 1958 models shared a common appearance on the top models for each brand; Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Buick Limited Riviera, Oldsmobile Starfire 98, Pontiac Bonneville Catalina, and the Chevrolet Bel-Air Impala.

 

The Impala was introduced for the 1958 model year as top-of-the-line Bel Air hardtops and convertibles. From the windshield (A) pillar rearward the 1958 Bel Air Impala differed structurally from the lower-priced Chevrolet models. Hardtops had a slightly shorter greenhouse and longer rear deck. The wheelbase of the Impala was longer than the lower-priced models, although the overall length was identical. Interiors held a two-spoke steering wheel and color-keyed door panels with brushed aluminum trim. No other series included a convertible.

 

The 1958 Chevrolet models were longer, lower, and wider than their predecessors.The 1958 model year was the first with dual headlamps. The tailfins of the 1957 were replaced by deeply sculptured rear fenders. Impalas had three taillights each side, while lesser models had two and wagons just one. The Impalas included crossed-flag insignias above the side moldings, as well as bright rocker moldings and dummy rear-fender scoops.

 

The standard perimeter-type frame was abandoned, replaced by a unit with rails laid out in the form of an elongated "X". Chevrolet claimed that the new frame offered increased torsional rigidity and allowed for a lower placement of the passenger compartment. This was a transitional step between traditional construction and the later fully unitized body/chassis; the body structure was also strengthened in the rocker panels and firewall. However, this frame was not as effective in protecting the interior structure in a side-impact crash as a traditional perimeter frame.

 

A coil spring suspension replaced the previous year's rear leaf springs, and an air ride system was optional.

 

A 283 cu in (4,640 cc) engine was the standard V8, with ratings of 185 hp (138 kW), 230 hp (170 kW), and 250 hp (190 kW) with optional Rochester Ramjet fuel injection. Two versions of Chevrolet's 348 cu in (5,700 cc) V8, its first big-block, were also optional, producing 250 hp (190 kW) with a single four-barrel carburetor and 280 hp (210 kW) with three two-barrels.

 

In total, 55,989 Impala convertibles and 125,480 coupes were built representing 15% of Chevrolet production. The 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala helped Chevrolet regain the number-one production spot in this recession year.

 

Cars in great condition runs and drives well.

 

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