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Year: 1958

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Model: Impala Hardtop

Country: USA

Kevin Kingsland

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1958 Chevrolet Impala hardtop

This dream 1958 Colonial Cream Chevrolet Impala has had a frame-off restoration to restore it to its original roll-off-the-line glory.

The Impala was introduced in 1958 as part of General Motors’ 50th anniversary celebrations. The company introduced anniversary models for each brand; Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet; Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Buick Roadmaster Riviera, Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday, Pontiac Bonneville Catalina, and the Chevrolet Bel-Air Impala.

The Impala was the top of the line version of the Bel Air hardtops and convertibles. From the windscreen pillar rearward, the 1958 Bel Air Impala differed structurally from the lower-priced Chevrolet models. Hardtops had a shorter greenhouse and longer rear deck, the wheelbase was longer though the overall length was identical, and there was a two-spoke steering wheel and colour-keyed door panels with brushed aluminum trim. 

1958 Impalas could be told apart from the less models by their three taillights each side and the crossed-flag insignias above the side mouldings. The success of the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala helped Chevrolet regain the number one production spot in a recession year.

1958 Chevrolet Impala

This car’s owner, Kevin Kingsland, had wanted a big American Chevrolet Impala since he was six years old growing up in the suburbs of London, England in the 1960s. So a few decades later in January 2011, he purchased my 1958 Chevrolet Impala. The car was advertised in Hemmings and located in St George UT.

Kevin was going to have the car restored as close as possible to original condition and really liked that this car was Colonial Cream, an unusual colour, and also came with a rebuilt 348 engine and restored stainless spears and trim. The spears are hard pieces to find so having these available and already restored was a plus along with the one piece California bumpers that were on the car, which had been made in Los Angeles. The previous owner had bought the car as a retirement project but then decided to sell it on after having the engine rebuilt and stainless restored.

When Kevin called the number the owner’s wife answered and said her husband was deaf and she knew nothing about cars and that I had to communicate via email. It sounded a bit like a scam so I hired a local car inspector to go and see the car. He was a local mechanic who would usually go and inspect any used car to check everything works. He promptly called back to say that he was looking at the car and he did not recommend it as it would never run again! Of course all Kevin needed to hear was that the car did in fact exist and was owned by the person selling it.

The car picked up by an independent classic car transporter. The frame-off restoration was performed by Bob Criscuolo of Bobnan Restorations in Bethany CT. This is a small shop that had restored a Chevy pick-up for a friend of Kevin’s so he had seen Bob’s work and liked the arrangement that he would buy all the parts and pay him for the labour.

Hence the frame-off restoration was started in April 2011 and took a year to complete. This Colonial Cream with Arctic White Roof and Tri Green Interior 1958 Chevrolet Impala hardtop has been lovingly restored with as many original parts as possible. The car is equipped with Wonderbar Radio, Twin Antennas, Power Steering, Power Brakes, 4 Barrel Carter Carburettor and Power Glide Transmission.


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