1958 Chevrolet Impala – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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As far as classic family cars go, you can’t beat the flashiness of the Americans

The Impala nameplate would go on to be an enduring and highly-successful model for Chevrolet in the US, with the B-body platform cars going on to become some the best-selling cars in history.

But back in 1958, the Impala name wasn’t even a standalone model, but instead a trim level introduced to mark the 50th anniversary of General Motors.

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The Impala name become the flagship trim for the top-spec Bel Air. Just two-door hardtops and convertibles were available, and differed significantly from other lower-priced 1958 models from the A-pillars back, with a longer wheelbase, shorter greenhouse and a longer rear deck.

Coil-sprung suspension was a new development, and there was even a sophisticated air suspension option available. Engines ranged from the 235ci (3.9lt) Blue Flame inline-six or 283ci (4.6lt) or 348 (5.7lt) V8s.

The 58 range was a one-year wonder, with the Impala becoming a separate series for the 1959 year, and with an all-new and radically body.

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This Impala hardtop was originally a US-delivered car and was right-hand drive converted and engineered in South Australia upon importation.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much information within the listing in regards to the car’s history and original or current specification.

However, the seller hints that car will confidently ‘drive anywhere’, and presents well in photos with good paint, chrome and interior.

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An icon of American space-age design, this 1958 Impala would make for one very special family cruiser.

You can find it based in South Australia, listed for $70,000.

Check out the full listing here!

 

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