Power Tour Player: 1958 Chevrolet Impala – SOLD!

The Deets

Year 1958
Make Chevrolet
Model Impala Two Door Hardtop
Location Forestdale, Massachusetts
Mileage 133,000
VIN F58T164931
Exterior Color Black
Interior Color: Black Vinyl
Engine: 350 cu in Vortec V8
Transmission: 700R4 Automatic
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

The 1958 Chevrolet Impala is a classic car that holds a significant place in automotive history. Released as part of the second generation of Chevrolet’s flagship Impala line, it featured a distinct and iconic design that made it instantly recognizable on the road.

The 1958 Chevrolet Impala had a long, sleek body with clean lines and chrome accents, giving it a striking and elegant appearance. The front end boasted a broad grille with a horizontal bar that extended across the entire width. The grille was flanked by dual headlights situated in individual housings and featured chrome bezels. The hood had a sculpted look with multiple chrome trim pieces. The car’s profile showcased prominent rear fins, a popular design trend of the era that added a touch of drama and aerodynamic flair. The rear end featured large tailfins with bullet-shaped taillights mounted on top, giving the car a distinctive and futuristic look. Chrome accents were abundant throughout the exterior, enhancing the car’s overall appeal.

The 1958 Chevrolet Impala’s interior exuded a sense of luxury and comfort. The cabin could accommodate up to six passengers, with its spacious bench seats covered in various fabrics and vinyl. The dashboard was clean and symmetrical, featuring a dual-tone color scheme and chrome accents. The instrument panel had a circular theme, with large gauges providing information on speed, fuel level, engine temperature, and other vital statistics. The Impala came equipped with various convenience features such as power windows, power steering, and power brakes, which were considered luxurious at the time.

The 1958 Impala offered various engine options for different preferences and performance requirements. The base engine was a 235 cubic inch inline-six, which produced around 145 horsepower. For those seeking more power, Chevrolet offered V8 engine options as well. The most potent variant was the Super Turbo-Thrust V8, a 348 cubic inch engine that delivered up to 280 horsepower. This engine was coupled with a three-speed manual transmission as standard, but customers could opt for a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission or a three-speed Turboglide automatic transmission for smoother and effortless driving.

The 1958 Impala provided a comfortable and smooth ride thanks to its robust construction and advanced suspension system. The car featured a traditional body-on-frame design, contributing to its solid and stable feel on the road. The suspension setup consisted of independent coil springs at the front and semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear, ensuring a comfortable and controlled ride quality. If equipped, the power steering and power brakes made maneuvering and stopping the car more effortless.

The seller, the fourth owner, reports that he bought this 1958 Chevrolet Impala from the third owner, who had owned it for over 45 years. When the seller bought this Impala, it was an excellent running car sporting a rebuilt 283 cubic inch V8 topped with an Edelbrock fuel injection system. Sending the small block V8’s power to the rear wheels is a rebuilt 700R automatic transmission. In the 1970s, this 1958 Chevrolet Impala for sale received a bare metal respray in black lacquer combined with a complete interior refresh.

Wanting to set the car up for Power Tour runs, the seller started repairing, replacing, and upgrading nearly everything on this 1958 Chevrolet Impala for sale. First up was purchasing and installing a professionally built 1988 350 cubic inch Vortec V8.  This upgraded engine features a roller cam and roller rocker valve train, a dual-row timing chain, and a Weiand Street Warrior intake manifold topped with a new Edelbrock Performer AVS carburetor. Other new parts include a water pump, HEI ignition, Billet air cleaner, alternator, power steering pump, and ram horn exhaust manifolds. The exhaust manifolds feature fresh gaskets and a pair of new mufflers.

Recent maintenance on the car includes replacing the engine’s hoses and belts, a cooling system flush with a new thermostat, and a new “XS” AGM battery kept charged by a new 110-amp generator.  Other items replaced include the gas gauge and all light bulbs. The seller also notes that he re-wired the horns and all of the steering column wiring and replaced the starter switch.  The seller installed a new larger front sway bar, a custom rear sway bar, and a Borgstron quick ratio power steering box to get all the added power to the pavement. This 1958 Chevrolet Impala for sale features a front disc brake upgrade.

Inside the car, the seller notes that while he installed a Vintage Air A/C compressor, the next caretaker will need to purchase and install an interior control unit if they so choose. The seller reports their 1958 Impala features a custom under-dash gauge panel featuring a tachometer, oil temperature gauge, water temperature gauge, and air conditioning vents.  A Custom Autosound AM/FM/Bluetooth radio is included in the sale but not yet installed.

If interested, the seller provides this video of his 1958 Chevrolet Impala

First titled in Massachusetts in 2001 with 129,205 miles, the seller reports their 1958 Chevrolet Impala for sale now shows 132,233 miles, so the car has only driven 3,128 miles since 2001. The seller reports their Impala is solid as a rock, with no rust ever. As you can see by his narrative and list of parts, it was very involved and very expensive – not to mention the hundreds of man-hours spent. You can understand and appreciate the costs spent on this build and how much it would be to start the repairs and upgrades he has done.

Frank, the seller is asking $49,900. Looking at Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, the interactive graph of recent comparable sales for the past rolling 12 months confirms Frank’s 1958 Impala is a relative bargain.  By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the Impala we are featuring here:

 

 

 

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