1958 Chevrolet Impala

1958 Chevrolet Impala For Sale

The 1958 Chevy Impala was the most exciting new shape in a generation of cars but featured one year only styling. The 1958 Chevrolet Impala was Chevrolet’s top of the line model! It is often credited with starting the muscle car era and quickly became the symbol for performance in the early sixties. The Impala began as the top option level on Chevrolet’s Bel Air series and was available only as a 2 door hard top sport coupe and convertible in its introductory year.

The Impala styling followed the the basic lines of the Bel Air, Biscayne and Delray models but received special styling extra’s that can be seen in the images below. As with all 1958 Chevy’s it was longer looking and wider, too. One Chevy ad stated – Most Zestful, Restful Driving – your dollars ever bought! Another ad said Lower and Longer, Wider and Stronger…Deep Down New! 1958 Chevrolet Ads with images of “good times” appeared in most magazines of the time such as this 1958 Life magazine ad….

Excitement rides with you every mile you roll in your new Chevrolet Impala. At rest or on the road, this sleek style setter promises action, gaiety, glamor and it keeps its promises beautifully. Come aboard and take the key to the happiest traveling on the highway.

1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

The Impala was actually the upper end of the Bel Air series. However the Bel Air name didn’t appear anywhere on the car. The Impala option added special trim, deluxe interiors, and resulted in the highest price in the Chevrolet lineup. In spite of being a recession year and high cost, consumers purchased approximately 43,000 Impala hardtops and 17,000 Impala convertibles.

1958 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hard Top Sport Coupe
1958 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hard Top Sport Coupe

Performance was important from the beginning as the first Impala could be optioned with up to a 348 V8 putting out 315 HP. The stout 348 cubic inch big block was borrowed from the Chevrolet Truck Division. The “Turbo Thrust” 348 was offered with a 4 barrel carburetor and rated at 250 HP. Two “Super Turbo Thrust” 348 V8’s with three 2 barrel carburetors were offered with 280 HP and 315 HP. The public’s positive response to this increased horsepower lead to Chevrolet making the Impala a separate option for 1959.

1958 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hard Top Sport Coupe
1958 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door Hard Top Sport Coupe

The 1958 Chevrolet Impala had many exclusive features when compared to the Bel Air, Biscayne and Delray models.

  • Triple taillight groups housed in a slightly broader alcove
  • Unique roof Line with a vent above the rear window
  • Impala Script with Crossed Flags
  • Reverse air scoop side trim on the quarter panel
  • Unique side trim
  • Three different 348 big block cubic inch V8 engines