This extravagant one-year-only styling has come to represent the risk-taking, change-making zeitgeist of the late ’50s and early ’60s
The Chevrolet Impala was introduced in 1958 as a sporty trim package for Bel Air coupes and convertibles. Unique to the model were its six taillights, a classic styling cue that became its trademark.
Named for an African antelope, the Impala became a separate model in 1959 in both two- and four-door versions and the best-selling car in the Chevrolet product line. In 1960, it became the best-selling automobile in the United States-period-and held that position for a decade. From 1958 until 1996, Impala sales exceeded 13 million units, more than any other full-size car in the history of the automobile. In 1965, the Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than one million units, which has never been bettered.
An all-new chassis and fresh sheet metal allowed 1958 Chevys to be longer, lower, and wider than ever before. It was a one-year-only body style that incorporated quad headlamps and an impressive array of brightwork that would stand up against a Cadillac.
The new Impala had power to back up its styling. Most car experts will declare that muscle cars began in the mid 1960s, but others point out that high-performance engines were available a decade earlier.
This extremely well equipped ’58 Chevrolet Impala Convertible has benefited from a complete professional restoration. It has the correct coral exterior complemented by a coral, silver, and black interior.
It’s powered by the 348-ci Tri-Power engine, with posi-traction rear end, dual exhaust system, power brakes, original rear quarter exhaust ports, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewall radial tires, continental kit, dual antennas, power convertible top, and a factory clock, tissue dispenser, Autronic Eye headlights, air conditioning, and factory Level Air suspension.