The Impala was introduced in 1958 as a new, upmarket, sporty trim package created for Bel Air coupes and convertibles. Unique to the model were its six taillights, which set it apart from lower trim levels with only two lights on a side. This classic styling cue would become its trademark. The Impala became a separate model in 1959 in both two- and four-door versions and became the best-selling car in the Chevrolet lineup. For 1960, it became the best-selling automobile in the US and held that position for the next decade. The Impala featured body-on-frame construction, using the "X" frame used on other Chevys, as well as Cadillac.
Ed Cole, Chevrolet's chief engineer in the late 1950s, defined the Impala as a "prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen." From 1958 until 1965, the Impala was Chevrolet's most expensive full-size car.
The Impala name was first used for theCorvette-based show car at the 1956 Motorama. Painted emerald Green metallic, with a white interior, the Impala show car featured hardtop styling.
In the late sixties, the Impala was typically positioned just below the top luxury trim, the Caprice, and above the more economical models like the Biscayne or the Bel Air. The Impala is named for a southern African Antelope.
One of both General Motors' and America's most successful auto nameplates, the Impala was often the best-selling automobile in its formative years when full-sized cars dominated sales. The 1965 sales of over one million units in the U.S. still stands as a record. From 1958 through 1996, Impala sales were in excess of 13 million, more than any other full-size car in the history of the automobile. The current version of the Impala is the 8th best selling vehicle (of any kind) and 5th best selling car in the United States and has the distinction of being the top selling American nameplate sedan, according to Reuters Top 20 Best-selling Vehicles Scorecard for the calendar year of 2007.
The 58 Impala is one of the most desriable and collectible Post War Cars. A Certifed Milestone Car, the '58 Impala is a sure bet for increased appreciation in today active collector car marketplace.
This exceptional example was treated to a comprehensive and correct restoration, and still presents very much as a freshly restored car. Featuring the desirable 348 with 4BBL Carb, Automatic, Power Steering, Power Brakes, a discrete aftermarket AM/FM Cassette Stereo, Dual Antenna's, and Clock.; this car has it all. Everything works on the car with the exception of the Clock. The car has been very very nicely restored with a killer paint job in the original Onyx Black, exceptional Bright work and Chrome, and the Correct Tri Color Blue Interior. The seats have been covered with custom clear plastic seat covers, which has preserved the fabric perfectly. The engine compartment has a chrome dress up kit installed including hood hinges.
The car runs and drives without fault and sounds very nice with its dual exhaust. This is a turn key car you can fly in and drive home without hesitation. This is really a truly great Impala you can be proud to take to even the most demanding Show.
We have ordered fender skirts for the car and will update the photos after they are installed.