Check out this slick 1958 Chevy Impala custom! It has been the subject of an extensive restoration that was just completed in 2020. It’s not a restomod, but more of a hot rod with creature comforts. For the uninitiated, let’s take a quick peek at some 1958 Chevy Impala history before we dive into our feature car.
In 1958, the Chevy Impala was introduced as part of the Bel Air line-up. 1958 was the first year for Chevy’s new X-frame that allowed the cars to be longer, lower, and wider. The Impala was Chevrolet‘s top-of-the-line full-size offering. It was offered with a Blue Flame inline-six for those who wished for style on a budget, or could be had with different versions of the 283 Small Block (there was even one with Rochester’s Ramjet Fuel Injection) or the Turbo Thrust 348 cubic-inch W-Series V8 making up to 315 horsepower.
Our feature 1958 Chevy Impala is equipped with that W-Series 348 with Tri-Power triple carbs, but it no longer looks like the factory version. It has been dressed with polished Offenhauser finned valve covers, a finned, polished oval air cleaner cover, a Billet Specialties Front Runner Serpentine Setup, Tru-Trac air conditioning, a large polished billet radiator with polished billet overflow tanks, and much more. The firewall has been smoothed, and the entire engine bay has been painted in a lustrous gloss black. This Impala is equipped with power steering, Wilwood power disc brakes, and a 4L60E automatic transmission.
The stunning exterior of this Chevy Impala is finished in an exceptionally glossy black finish. All of the extensive chrome has been refinished, and the stainless trim polished. It rides on seventeen-inch chrome Cragar wheels. Dual antennas complete the look.
The interior of this Chevy Impala is finished in a deep, lustrous red with a gloss black dash. Dakota Digital gauges have replaced the originals. Air conditioning vents have been fitted underneath and on both sides of the dash. A RetroSound radio has been installed, as has a tissue box holder and 12-volt power outlets. The trunk has been similarly finished in rich red material that is removable to access additional storage.
This Chevy Impala’s undercarriage is every bit the measure of the rest of the car. It has been painted, polished, and presents as new. The lowered look comes courtesy of drop spindles, tubular upper and lower A-arms, and a three-link rear suspension. The two-and-a-half-inch dual exhaust exhales through Flowmaster Hushpower mufflers.
This gorgeous hot rod is being offered by Vanguard Motor Sales for $124,900.