1958 Chevrolet Impala
Price: Sold
VMC Stock ID: 132053
Mileage: N/A
Engine: 348 cubic inch OHV V8, Tri-Power
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: N/A
Wheelbase: 119 inches
Wheels: 14-inch steel with hubcaps
Tires: 225/75/14 Coker
Exterior Color: Code 918A Anniversary Gold
Interior Color: Code 848 Beige-Copper-Medium gold

1958 Chevrolet Impala

There are no specific records on how many Impalas were painted Anniversary Gold, but when was the last time you saw one?

Debuting in 1958, the Impala would become the top-of-the-line Chevrolet for the next five decades. Leaving behind the 1957 Chevy’s peaked fenders and relatively compact dimensions, the all-new 1958 Impala was longer, lower, wider, and vastly more impressive on the road, more closely resembling a Cadillac than the previous year’s Chevrolet. A new chassis and a 348 cubic inch V8 with 3 two-barrel carburetors delivered a mechanical knockout to the competition, and the end result was a stunning luxury cruiser with high-performance DNA running through its veins.

Today, 1958 Impala convertibles are quickly eclipsing their 1955-57 brothers in terms of market value and appeal, as collectors seek out the remarkable and the unique. Looking at recent auction results, six-figure 1958 Impala convertible sales are no longer the exception, but the norm, defying the rest of the collector car market and turning these cars into some of the smartest investments you can make today.

This gorgeous Impala convertible has enjoyed a frame-off restoration with a host of smart upgrades that make it a wonderful cruiser and a true pleasure to drive. In a sea of red and black and turquoise Impalas, this car’s Code 918A Anniversary Gold paint scheme truly stands out (and yes, it is the car’s original color). Paint and bodywork were done to a very high standard several years ago, and the car still shows exceptionally well today. There are no specific records on how many Impalas were painted Anniversary Gold, but when was the last time you saw one? I suspect they are quite rare today.

On any car of this vintage, the chrome and stainless restoration costs can be staggering, thanks to acres of shiny metal. The heavy grille and bumpers are beautifully restored, the stainless has been straightened and polished, and everything remains in first-rate condition today.

Equally stunning is the correct Code 848 Beige-Copper-Medium gold tri-tone upholstery. Perfectly emulating the flamboyant ‘50s, the color scheme is both subtle and stunning, although it is difficult to capture the actual colors with a camera. In person, it is the ideal complement to the Anniversary Gold paint, and will be the talk of any show you attend. Beautifully restored with the rest of the car, all the soft parts are in exceptional condition, with no visible blemishes or notable damage anywhere. An engine-turned panel that stretches from end to end, framing the surprisingly complete array of gauges in front of the driver, highlights the spectacular dashboard. You’ll note that a well-integrated A/C system has been installed and it remains fully functional—a good thing, because ice-cold air conditioning is probably mandatory in this car’s home state of Texas. The tan convertible top looks new, and features a matching tan boot to cover it when stowed. In back, the trunk is finished with a new rubber mat and a full-sized radial tire on a14-inch steel wheel.

Under the hood you’ll find a 1958 vintage 348 cubic inch V8 equipped with the top-of-the-line “Tri-Power” carburetor option. Recently rebuilt, the engine and surrounding components have been restored for reliability and comfort as much as for accuracy on the show field. In addition to the recent A/C system, a modern high-output alternator has been installed to avoid dim headlights and to power both the A/C system and all the luxury features that were standard in the Impala. Mechanically, the car is fully sorted and ready to drive cross-country, with a powerful exhaust note thanks to a recent dual exhaust system. The chassis is finished in satin black, and there’s no evidence of rust or other structural damage, suggesting that it has been in a dry climate since it was new. Of course, the braking and suspension systems were rebuilt at the time of the restoration, and remain in top operating condition today thanks to a recent service. It rides on a set of wide whitewall radials on original 14-inch painted steel wheels with correct spinner hubcaps.

This car also includes a lengthy list of options that includes dual spotlights, continental kit, and dual antennas. It isn’t one of those over-dressed cars that look ridiculous with every possible aftermarket trinket bolted on, but rather a fun and attractive car that is spec’d just like most of us would have done if we were buying it new in 1958.

This is a solid, honest, beautifully restored Impala with no stories attached. The market is clearly on the move, so if you’ve been contemplating adding an Impala to your collection, now is probably the time to do it. What better way than with a rare and unusual Anniversary Gold ragtop?

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