In 1958, Chevrolet introduced the Impala as their new top-of-the-line model. It featured a 'Safety Girder' X-type frame that was longer, lower and wider that reduced overall height while keeping the same interior passenger headroom. There was an anti-dive braking system, a full coil-spring suspension, and a foot operated parking brake.
The Impala contained all the features of the Bel Air Series plus Impala-only scripts, insignia, checkered flag emblems, ribbed body sill panels, imitation chrome scoops in front of the rear wheels, a two-spoke deep-dish steering wheel, triple rear taillights, and a rear radio speaker grille.
This particular Impala has been given a body-ff restoration. It is finished in blue, with tri-tone seat inters and color-keyed door and trim panels with brushed aluminum garnishes. There is power steering, power brakes, power windows, AM radio, electric clock and a heater. Power is from the optional 280 horsepower, 348 cubic-inch 'Turbo-Thrust' engine fitted with three two-barrel carburetors and mated to a close-ratio three-speed manual gearbox.
This car has earned 992 points out of a possible 1,000 at a Chevy/Vettefest show. In 2009, this Impala Sport Convertible was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. It was expected to sell for $90,000 - $120,000. The lot failed to sell after reaching a high bid of $80,000.