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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 18th – 20th, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Following the immense success of its full-size 1955-1957 passenger-car lines, Chevrolet launched its totally redesigned new models for 1958 during October 1957. Riding upon General Motors’ all-new X-member “Safety Girder” frame design, Chevy bodies were at once longer, lower, and wider than ever before. Dramatic Motorama dream car-inspired stylistic cues, referred to in Chevrolet advertisements as “Sculpturamic Styling,” included fashionable new quad headlamps, neatly coved rear fenders, sculpted rear decks, and bold body-side accent trim.
Destined to become one of – if not the – most popular Chevrolet nameplates from launch, the Impala included all standard Bel Air features and much more. Standard Impala features included stylized ‘Impala’ scripts and emblems, ribbed body sill panels, chrome scoops ahead of the rear wheels, a two-spoke deep-dish steering wheel, a rear speaker grille, triple taillights, and multi-tone upholstery. In fact, from the A-pillar back, the Impala was markedly different from the regular Chevrolet model line and carried heightened richness and distinction. When it was new, Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole summed up the Impala best as a “…prestige car within reach of the average American citizen.”
In addition to its dramatic visual presence, the 1958 Impala body was a one-year-only design, rendering this high-style, high-content automobile immensely collectible today. In addition, with their wide variety of powerful small-block and “W-head” V-8 power teams and the improved ride quality afforded by their revised full coil-spring suspension, these stylish cars remain very satisfying to drive today. This striking Impala continues to benefit from a frame-off restoration completed in 2000 by Troy Lundquist of Sandy, Utah, with no fillers used in the process. The frame and undercarriage were also powder-coated for a great and durable finish. Post-restoration, the Impala was shown very successfully, earning an enviable string of concours awards beginning in 2000 with a First Place, People’s Choice, and judging sheets confirming it earned 97 out of 100 points at one showing that year. Subsequent awards included another First Place concours award in 2002. In addition to other regular wins at regional charity shows, this Impala’s show resume includes First Place and the Celebrity Pick at the 2008 All-GM Nationals and AACA First Prize honors in 2009. During 2015, the Impala was one of the entrants at the 2015 invitation-only “Eyes on Design” show at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate on Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.
Clearly, this restoration has stood the test of time with only some 200 miles of use annually. Having said that, the Consignor advises “The power of the engine will push you back in your seat, and when a crowd of people stop you in the middle lane of Woodward Ave during Saturday of the Woodward Dream Cruise just to take pictures, you know the car is fantastic!” If you want one of the finest restored ’58 Impala convertibles available and don’t mind being regularly stopped in parking lots by people who want to reminisce and admire it, this first-year Impala boasts unforgettable one-year-only styling and the top open-air body style, marking a sought-after collectible and outstanding classic buy!