Classic Car Overview
Were seeing a shift in the market, with Tri-Five Chevys cooling off and the bigger, more substantial-looking 58s heating up. This 1958 Chevrolet Impala hardtop is the ideal car for cruising: flashy, well-sorted, and great to look at, but not so over-restored that you need white gloves to open the door. Powered by a smooth 283 with some upgrades and an automatic transmission, youll love the way it drives so much that youll never want to get out. Beautiful Cashmere Blue is a fantastic choice on a 58. Sure, red was popular, but if youre going big, theres no point in trying to be subtle about it and pastels and the 1950s go together perfectly. The one-year-only styling has aged extremely well, and this top-of-the-line Chevy looks more like a Cadillac than an affordable everymans car. From the big grille to the newly introduced quad headlights to the angular roof line, this car gets just about everything right. It was restored more than a few years ago and its been driven, but it presents extremely well with only a few small flaws that are certainly in line with its age. The doors open and close like the proverbial bank vault, shut lines are tight, and the bright white top makes the car look long and sleek (which it is). Most of the chrome and stainless trim is in good shape, although a few pieces are showing their age and could be refinished to take this car up a notch. Nevertheless, youre going to get noticed in this car! The 58 Chevys are special for more than their looks; the interior with its tri-tone upholstery remains one of the most distinctive looks of the late 50s. Youd think that two shades of blue plus white would be overkill, but in this Impala, it works beautifully, with snug-fitting seat covers, dark blue carpets with a factory-style weave, and that big steering wheel with the chrome insert. Sure, its just as flashy as the bodywork, but its a great look that will never go out of style. Aside from a modern AM/FM/cassette head unit and some discreetly placed A/C vents, its completely stock inside and like the exterior, its been nicely maintained since the restoration was finished. The gauges and dash are crisp and clean, and back seat occupants will be delighted to see that neat lift-up center arm rest. The door panels are beautifully designed with anodized panels and red-toned armrests that look like jet exhausts, and the trunk is correctly finished with a rubber mat, full-sized spare tire, and jack assembly. We believe the 283 cubic inch V8 under the hood is the cars original engine, but in 1958, numbers-matching wasnt a thing. Its topped by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, making it a great choice for cruising. Its not totally correct, what with the finned Edelbrock dress-up kit, but its mechanically excellent and bulletproof reliable. Also note the upgraded alternator, power steering, as well as a modern master cylinder on the firewall. It starts easily and pulls the car around with a big dose of low-end torque, and the 3-speed TH350 automatic transmission is a reliable servant. A burbling dual exhaust has just enough attitude to remind everyone that this was a hot car back in the day and the mostly original chassis shows evidence of use but no signs of trouble. Fresh 14-inch BFGoodrich whitewall radials handle great and give the car a proper 50s look. Nicely restored and ready to enjoy, this is a smart buy that should continue to appreciate while you enjoy it. Call today!