Chrome-laden 1958 Chevrolet Impala

The Pick of the Day is a “show-worthy” example of the benchmark model

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Custom wheels and tires add to the Impala's sporty look

Chrome was a big deal in 1958, and Chevrolet was all in, as evidenced by the Pick of the Day, a 1958 Chevy Impala 2-door hardtop that is a showcase of brightwork.

One of the most popular of all GM collector cars, the ’58 Impala was a single-year design, sandwiched between the’57 Chevy with its famous tailfins and the wildly flamboyant 1959 model with its over-the-top everything. 

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This was the first year for the Impala name, and it was applied as an upmarket version of the Bel Air.  Among the signature chrome embellishments that set the Impala apart were the unique vent above the rear window and the splash of racy trim behind the doors. 

“The ’58 Impala is always a great decision for a distinctive classic,” according to the Mesa, Arizona, dealer advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com.  “After all, it’s the debut year for this legendary Chevy name, and it’s also a single-year design.

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“They made sure this one stood out from the crowd even more with an investment in a respray of a crisp white and plenty of modern clearcoat to give it luster. And speaking of shiny things, the brightwork looks quite nice on the full-length trim, wraparound rear bumper, and all those jet-age details.

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“There’s even added sparkle from upgrades like cat-eye headlights and 15-inch polished alloys.”

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The seller refers to the Impala as a “show-worthy package” that has “a tidy look with the bright white paint; a tidy interior with plenty of classic details; and a tidy engine bay with updated V8 power.”

The “strong-running” V8 has been enhanced with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake, Hedman long-tube headers and dual exhaust, MSD distributor and an aluminum radiator.  The odometer shows 47,827 miles, but there’s no indication in the ad whether that is original.

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“The whole package was built for driving,” the seller adds. “That’s why you have a three-speed automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes w/discs up front.”

This sounds like an enjoyable driver that’s sure to turn heads, and priced at $54,995.

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

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Now picture the same car in Black…where All of the chrome stands out, instead of totally washed out against the white. How anyone would pay over 50K for this little Chevy when you can have a ‘56 Cadillac Eldorado Seville in pretty darn good shape for 25K and take your time fixing it up. Look what you’ve got when you’re done! Pure Insanity!!

  2. I owned a 58 Chevy yellow convertible. It was by far the best, fun, looks, and the girls loved going for a ride. I wish I still had this great car. I am determined to own one again.

  3. In Canada we also had a Pontiac Parisienne in same frame as the Chevrolet. Looked very nice also and a little plusher.
    Neither of them could keep up to the Ford or Chrysler car on twisty gravel roads.
    I had a 58 Delray.

  4. Bravo to Ronald c. Simpson for telling it like it is! What do you think of my ‘56 Eldo hardtop coupe comparison Ron?

  5. Had one and one favorite I had. Bought many new as I am 82. But price way above going at high end auction. Nice black at Mechan went for $26,000. Would probably buy one for that price.

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