In 1958 the Bel Air Series was top-of-the-line for Chevrolet with the Impala the brand new model within that series (although Bel Air doesn't appear anywhere on the car), it was even more richly appointed. This 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala 2 door Sport Coupe shows you just how nice they are.
Chevrolets had been completely redesigned for '58 and the body style lasted only one year before another complete revamp for 1959. They were longer, wider and lower than 1957. Gone too were the tailfins and replaced with the sculptured 'Gull-wing' styling.
The Bel Air has a spear shaped molding along almost the full length of the car. There are four chevrons at the front of the front fenders, four short, vertical strips on the lower rear fender bulge, fender ornaments on the front fenders and a unique roofline with a vent above the rear window.
Impalas had even more trim including Impala script and crossed-flag emblems at the front of the rear coving, chrome plated dummy air scoops in front of the rear wheelwells, ribbed body sill panels and triple taillamps. Other models had just two taillights with the station wagons only having one.
This car looks great in its Onyx Black paint and goes well with the Gray, Black and Turquoise textured fabric and vinyl interior.
Impala features include the competition style two-spoke deep hub steering wheel with impala medallion, Impala script on the dashboard and the rear speaker grille found in the seatback dip in the center of the rear seats.
Power steering and brakes add to the pleasure of driving this great car. It is also fitted with the top engine option. Tri-power in the form of a 348 cubic inch Turbo-Thrust engine with 3 x 2 barrel carburetors. This is paired with a Turboglide automatic transmission giving an extra cost of $408 when the car was new.
Some available Chevrolet options in 1958
Heater and defroster
Power front seat adjuster
E-Z-I tinted glass
If you were to order one when they were new, the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe would have cost you the base price of $2,586 for the six cylinder engine and $2,693 for the V8. Chevrolet produced 43,000 for the 1958 model year.
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