When the Impala, a high-performance variant of the Bel Air, was first released in 1958, it immediately rose to the top of Chevrolet’s popularity list. And up until the late 1970s, the moniker was in high demand. Regardless of generation, Impalas are still quite common, however some are in higher demand than others. Although the 1960s SS models are typically preferred by collectors, the original Impala is also a highly sought-after classic. This is due to the fact that it was only produced for the 1958 model year.
1958 Chevy Impala: a sleek two-door with some styling ideas from the Cadillac Eldorado Seville, it sold over 181,000 copies. That’s a big number of automobiles, but in 2022 the 1958 Impala will be difficult to locate since a lot of them have been left behind in junkyards.
Especially if you’re looking for one in pristine condition. Convertible models are even rarer, as only 55,989 Impala left the factory with a soft-top that year. The car you’re looking at here is one of the finest 1958 Impala Convertibles out there.
As much as I like old Impalas, I’m a bigger fan of Mopars from the era. And even when it comes to GM cars, I prefer Buicks and Oldsmobiles from the late 1950s. But man, is this Impala drop-top pretty. “Wow” doesn’t even begin to cover it. It’s the very definition of “Concours-condition” and it’s a car that should be able to win prizes at every automotive event.
It also sports that perfect 1950s color combo with a red body and cream top and a matching interior with grey accents. And it also flaunts a continental tire kit, one of my favorite features on 1950s cars. Not impressed? Well, what if I told you that this Impala hides a 348-cubic-inch V8 under the hood?
Yes, I am referring to the W-series Turbo Thrust V8, which at the time was the largest mill available for the Impala. Furthermore, the fact that this 348 is not the four-barrel carb version makes it even better. With three two-barrel carburetors and 280 horsepower, it’s the top type. It also features all of the power accessories Chevy offered at the time, along with air conditioning. The Cadillac of the first-generation Impalas is this vehicle.
It makes sense that the current owner took three months to persuade the prior owner to part with it.
What is the value of a classic like this one? Concours-ready 1958 Impalas often fetch prices beyond $60,000, but this one’s options and engine drive the price over $100,000. Such land yachts, fitted with 348 engines, typically fetch over $120,000.