1958 Chevy Impala 2-door coupe a ‘midnight beauty’

1958 Chevy Impala 2-door coupe a ‘midnight beauty’

Pick of the Day was owned by one family for more than 40 years

A 1958 Chevrolet Impala 2-door sport coupe owned by the same family for more than 40 years is the Pick of the Day. Black outside and aqua, silver and black inside, the private seller describes that car as “a true midnight beauty” in its advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

“The man who owned and drove it was committed to its preservation,” the seller notes. “He kept everything on the car that was original and replaced only what was essential, such as the rocker panels and gas tank.  He found and accumulated many hard to find spare parts, some of which are still in the trunk. 

“About 15 years ago, he began a thorough effort to refurbish it with new and accurate paint, more painstaking work on the chrome (today almost mirror-like) and attention to interior details.

“He sought out an autobody shop with a noted craftsman and artisan of the trade.”

Shortly after that work was completed, the man died and his family put the car into storage, where it remained until 2016, when it was sold.

The family first offered the car to the owner of the shop that had done its refurbishing.

“He did not want to buy the car, but knew me, and of my interest in older and classic cars,” the seller reports. 

The shop is in Kansas, the second owner is in Oklahoma, but the car remained in Kansas for some additional work.

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“Our intent was to retain its originality and the beautiful work he had done years before, while making it mechanically sound and reliable,” the ad says. “We have now completed all the repairs we thought necessary.”

Among the early work done on the car was a new gas tank and rocker panels. Later work included new coil springs, front and rear shocks, brakes and horn, custom floor mats and a front-end alignment.

The 80,932 miles on the odometer likely are original. The engine is a 283cid V8 with and the optional 4-barrel carburetor. In 1958, the engine was rated at 230 horsepower. It is linked to a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. 

The seller reports that the car “starts right up with no smoke or unusual  noise from the engine compartment” and “drives as a new car of its era would.”

Though not part of the Tri-5 Chevy era, 1958 Chevrolets have come to be cherished by collectors, especially two-door Impalas with their triple tail lamps. 

The asking price is $45,500 and the car is located in Yukon, Oklahoma.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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  • John Konanz
    March 23, 2019, 1:46 PM

    RE: cc1163329
    How do I get my car on your daily email pop ups?

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  • george reely
    March 23, 2019, 3:56 PM

    is this 58 still for sale ? if so I need a phone number, thanks, George

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  • Anthony Chavez
    March 23, 2019, 4:50 PM

    How much and what condition is it in???

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  • Ryan Corman
    March 23, 2019, 5:36 PM

    My dad worked his entire life at the Delco Remy plant in Anderson, IN. In the early ’60’s he had one of these, although I don’t remember the interior color, as I was almost 4 when the black Impala got traded for a new, Anniversary Gold ’62 Impala SS with a 4spd (I think that one was a 327). GM and the UAW took good care of their people then; dad could buy a new car whenever he wanted, for us or family (ask me about my maternal grandmother’s white over powder blue/white interior ’65 Buick Wildcat convertible, that mom always insisted I wear my football helmet in, at least until out of sight. Gramma was a famous leadfoot, the Wildcat being the first vehicle in which I ever experienced a two stripe posi burnout. God I miss Gramma).
    This one brought back many good memories, including the sound of a 348 through Smithy’s and lil 2in dia duals without a crossover. I wish…

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    • Larry Edsall@Ryan Corman
      March 23, 2019, 9:10 PM

      Ryan, I loved your comment. My grandmother also was heavy-footed. One time when I was 16 and driving her somewhere out in the country, i power slid through a corner. My immediate thought was she was going to tell my parents. Instead, she asked me to teach her how to make that maneuver. — Larry

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