| This elegant 1958 Impala convertible presents
beautifully in Snowcrest White with a White top,
tri-tone Blue interior and Blue tonneau cover.
|Chevrolet began the ascent from its conservative, almost stodgy reputation with the 1955
model year, which it followed up with the increasingly stylish 1956 and 1957 models. But
even then another revolution was taking place inside General Motors. Chevrolet designer
Clare MacKichan and his crew had teamed with Pontiac designers to establish the basic
parameters for the new 1958 A-body platform they would share.
In October 1955 they presented GM Styling Director Harley J. Earl with their first “official”
styling drawings, and in May 1956 he approved the basic design. Guided by the “longer,
lower, wider” buzz phrase of the time, MacKichan’s stylists created a visually exciting
design with roundly sculpted features, a wraparound windshield and a gracefully flowing
They also proposed a new, more upscale model, the Impala, to replace the Bel Air at the top
of the lineup. The Impala began its long tenure at the top of Chevrolet’s lineup in 1958 with
a one-year-only model described in advertising as having "curves where before there were
The Impala option added special trim and deluxe interiors, but performance was
paramount, as evidenced by the optional Tri-Power 348 engine. This elegant 1958 Impala
convertible presents beautifully in Snowcrest White with a White top, tri-tone Blue interior
and Blue tonneau cover.
Equipped with the Tri-Power version of the 348 CI big block and Hydra-Matic transmission,
it is also optioned with power steering and brakes, power windows, tinted glass and spinner
hubcaps. The car underwent a photo-documented frame-off rotisserie restoration to an
extraordinary state of finish that has earned it a coveted Gold Spinner Award.