The 1958 Chevrolet Impala was designed in 1956 taking some of its styling cues from the Motorama 'Corvette Impala' show car. Also, borrowing some design ideas from Cadillac; the fancy tri-tone interior, power brakes, power steering and lots of chrome. The 1958 Impala was on it's way to becoming an American Icon. It was intended to be the successor to the very popular and successful Chevy Bel Air as the name 'Impala' was taken to convey speed and grace and when equipped with a V8 it was a reasonably quick car. Other options included air conditioning, power windows, padded dash, two tone paint, and 'Level Air' suspension (which proved to be unreliable.) Fully equipped the car weighs a little over 3400 pounds! Under the hood, a 'Ram Jet' fuel injected 283 was offered as well as three versions of the new 348 producing between 250 to 315 horsepower.
As now, 1958 to be an economic slowdown in the US and GM decided to share bodies among their divisions, so the 1958 Impala was a 'stand alone' and it was no longer considered one of the Bel Air series. Later, a four-door hardtop and four-door sedan was added to the series. The 1958 Impala, is one of the great post war cars when American design reflected unlimited resources and world power! No one cared about MPG....gas was 25 cents per gallon!
This Impala was purchased new by the current owner's uncle and has been in the family since. A 'body off' restoration was completed by the staff at Pollock Auto Restoration in 2005. Every last detail was given attention to produce the show car quality finish. Much of the original stainless steel trim, which is not available as reproduction, was hand straightened, polished and buffed by the craftsman. The body was fitted to a rotisserie to facilitate metal repairs. The engine and drive train was totally rebuilt, complete with 'Tri-Power' and fitted to the refinished frame. Base coat/clear coat urethane paint was applied and finished to a high gloss. Original materials were sourced and hand sewn to create the interior to factory specifications. This car is scheduled to be shown in 2009 at several AACA events.