1958 Chevrolet Impala'Tri-Power' Convertible
Year of manufacture1958
Number of seats2
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 8 - 9 March 2019.
- Desirable 348 ‘Tri-Power’ V-8
- Upgraded with Vintage Air and four-wheel disc brakes
- Equipped with power steering, brakes, windows, and convertible top
- Beautiful Glen Green exterior and matching interior
For 1958 all Chevrolets used an all-new, one-year-only bodyshell shared with Pontiac. It featured a low-slung, X-member frame containing all coil suspension, replacing the old leaf springs. New for 1958 was the top-of-the-line Impala available in two-door hardtop and convertible models. The new Chevy was up to nine inches longer and five inches lower, on a 2.5-in. longer wheelbase.
Everything was so new that even the series designations were changed – Delray, Biscayne, Bel Air, and Impala. Apparently, this worked as Chevrolet reclaimed the top spot in sales from Ford and captured 29.5 percent of the market for 1958. Despite its sales success, this was a one-year-only model as the 1959 models were all-new yet again. Priced new at $2,841 before options, this is one of 55,800 Impala convertibles produced for 1958.
Impala interiors featured a nifty competition-inspired steering wheel and color-keyed door panels with brushed aluminum trim. The 348 cu.-in. V-8, essentially the division’s truck motor, was the new top engine choice for 1958 as bigger was not only better, but necessary in the escalating horsepower wars.
Perfect for cruise-ins, tours, and shows, this Glen Green Impala with matching interior is loaded with equipment and ready for your enjoyment. Power steering, power brakes, power top, and power windows are highlights along with the powerful 348 V-8 with Tri-Power carburetion. Upgrades included Vintage Air which unobtrusively hides under the dash and four-wheel disc brakes to enhance safety and stopping power. A continental kit adds to the perfect ’50s look.
The quality restoration boasts straight panels with excellent fit, excellent stainless and brightwork, and nice underhood detailing – including proper engine decals. On a recent 1,000-mile tour the car performed flawlessly and per the consignor, totally reliable with every feature working as it should.
This Impala will provide you the confidence to “see the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet!”
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.