RARE YEAR, TASTEFULLY RESTORED/UPDATED, 348 V8, AUTO, PWR FRNT DISCS/STEER, R134
No question the 1958 Impala is a landmark automobile, and has rapidly eclipsed its popular Tri-Five siblings in terms of desirability and value. This stunning resto-mod retains everything that was great about the stunning Impala, and adds a few modern conveniences to create what is perhaps the ultimate '50s luxury cruiser.
The '58 Impala never looks as good as when it's dressed in pastels. With light blue paint and a white roof, it has a pure '50s look that really emphasizes the dramatic one-year-only styling. During the restoration, they took their time so the doors fit extremely well, the gaps are quite good, and all that glittering trim was carefully aligned to give it exactly the look the designers dreamed of in '58. Two-stage urethane creates an high shine that will look this good for years and years, and all the correct Impala logos were faithfully replaced when it was dry. A small fortune was spent on chrome, from the massive bumpers to the delicate fins atop the front fenders to the dual antennas on the rear fenders, all of it is shiny, bright, and in great shape. Very impressive! It has been driven, of course, so perfection isn't the goal, but this is a trophy winner at any local show, especially with the skirts and continental kit out back.
Although there's a lot of new stuff under the skin, the interior was restored to factory specifications using blue tri-tone upholstery as original. The beautiful door panels feature blue anodized inserts, and you'll note that the big steering wheel was painted to match, complete with white accents like the bodywork. The factory gauges have all been restored, and it's possible that the 120 MPH speedometer is no longer just a dream for this car. A/C has been subtly added under the dash, but beyond that it's pretty much the way GM built it back in 1958, which was the entire point. The factory AM radio is gone but the AM/FM unit in its place looks pretty authentic, there are correct floor mats for protection, and even the original clock is still in the dash over in front of the passenger. As you can imagine, the back seat is massive and features that trick pop-up armrest, while the equally gigantic trunk is trimmed with a correct mat and includes a CD changer.
The top engine in 1958 was a 348 cubic inch V8, instantly recognizable by its W-shaped valve covers. With plenty of dress-up, including a chrome air cleaner and finned aluminum valve covers, it looks as flashy as the rest of the car. Rebuilt 500 miles ago, it was dressed in Chevy Orange paint so there's no question that this is Bowtie muscle. Up top there's an Edelbrock intake manifold and a Holley carburetor, although the original Tri-Power setup is included with the car. The A/C system uses modern components and R134a refrigerant, so it's effective and easy to service, and the braking system uses a dual-circuit master cylinder feeding vented front disc brakes for safety. A 3-speed TH350 3-speed automatic transmission spins the original rear end, so it's happy around town and on the highway, and the burbling dual exhaust system sounds fantastic blowing through a pair of chrome tips just under the rear bumper. Original wheels and spinner hubcaps give it a retro look and wear fresh wide whitewall radials for better ride and comfort and an authentic look.
This is an extremely impressive '58 Impala that captures not only the best of what was possible at the time, but everything that it could be with just a bit of modern technology. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Air Conditioning
- iPod Compatible
- AM/FM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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