Impala Sport Coupe
1958 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe
1958 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe
When the Chevrolet Impala was made available to the public in 1958, General Motors had a huge success on their hands. Most consumers enjoyed its great design and many of its new added features. It was a brand-new design for Chevrolet. The 1958 Chevrolet models were designed under the legendary Harley Earl. It was the first Chevrolet model that offered dual headlamps and triple taillights. I always thought that the 1958 Chevrolet models were the best looking cars made that year. In 1959 and 1960 Chevrolet continued to be among the sales leaders in the automotive market, with models that were more radical featuring a bat-wing tail design. However, one of the nicest looking models in the Chevrolet line was the Impala Sport Coupe, which attracted many buyers.
For consignment a triple taillight, batwing finned, 1958 first year in introduction Impala from the bowtie company. This example has wonderful wrap around front and rear glass, trimmings aplenty, big chrome throughout, and just a beautifully proportioned line. Throw on some wide whites and we are cruisin'.
With its dealer added fender skirt package and continental kit for the rear, this car's steel shaped and formed slab sides are nicely preserved and rust free. Gaps are well minded, close inspection of paint reveals some faults within it in the form of chips and small imperfections. Chrome and trimmings are fabulous and are plentiful. Utilization of dual, dual headlights and dual parking and signal lighting just below, egg crate chromed grille and big surrounding “smiling bumper”, they definitely will know you are coming. Large trim spears and other rear quarter accenting as well as the batwing toppers show off the beautiful design lines of this car. For this first year Impala and thereafter a trio of taillights would be the standard for this model. This one has the batwing chromed topped surrounds and a continental bumper in back adding to the overall length of this 2 door cruiser. Add in the features of the wrap around windshield, wing side windows, dual trunk mounted antenna, continental bumper complete with spare tire covering, and 4 swept back trim bars just behind the headlights on the front quarters and it's a thing of beauty. Faux knockoff wheel covers shine brightly and are now wrapped in wide white radials on all 4 corners.
Oozing mid 50's multicolor and multi surface interaction with each other, this interior is in a word, stunning. A split bench upfront and a long solid rear bench complete with an armrest in the center for extra comfort, have light gray, dark gray and red woven striped vinyl inserts and smooth red bolsters completed with red piping between these two corresponding surfaces. This holds true on the doors with a large red surround in pristine smooth vinyl and an inset panel which sports the use of a cloth aluminum-like panel with yet another deeper red smaller insert panel holding on to the door pull/armrest (in black) and the shiny door actuating lever. Window cranks are here as well. These panels melt into the dash when closed and frame the seats with a wraparound brushed aluminum dash front and metal rounded over dash top in red. Also seen here is a traffic light fresnel lens so you don't have to lean forward to see if the traffic light has changed. Instruments are all GM originals. The steering wheel is original and near perfect in red surrounding plastic and a chrome horn ring and center cross flag badging. A factory bowtie AM radio is neatly and seamlessly installed. All this floats above pristine red carpeting, and below an original off-white vinyl headliner. Noted some of the weather stripping surrounding the doors is a bit dry rotted.
Within the fully restored engine bay sits a correct 1958 348ci V8, and it just gleams! This is presenting clean and beautifully, painted GM red/orange block and valve coverings, clean master cylinder and reservoir, supple hoses, and wiring appear original. Chrome round open air filter covers are covering 3-2 barrel carburetors atop this 348ci V8. A Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission is installed behind this triple threat mill, and the rear axle is a 3.36 ratio.
A show car above and below with a pristine condition undercarriage which leaves no stones unturned. All shiny black steel framing, floor pans and rockers, solid suspension in the form of independent coil springs and 3 link with coil springs for the front and rear respectively. Power drum brakes are upfront and power drums for the rear too. Also seen snaking its way rearward from the healthy mill is a clean dual steel piped and stock muffler exhaust for quick elimination of spent gases and a great sound when pressing the accelerator. All attached to a solid structurally sound X frame.
A quick starter, and nice driver. The trio of dual carbs add excitement to the foot in the accelerator part, and it handles and stops nicely.
A finely performed restoration with a few very minor items of note, but overall, very nice example of this first year Impala. Great design, some interesting and good upgrades, and a fab interior all come together to make an award-winning presentation.
F-1800 Series Impala V8
F-Flint, MI Assy Plant
179930-Sequential Unit Number
STYLE NO 58 1847-1958 Impala V8 2 Dr Hardtop Sport Coupe
BODY NO F8800-Flint Body #
TRIM NO 836-Gray, Black, Turquoise Cloth & Vinyl
PAINT NO 914A-Tropical Turquoise
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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