Chevrolet Impala is a full-size car built by Chevrolet General Motors division for models from 1958-1985, 1994-1996 and 2000 to date. Getting its name from the South African antelope, the most expensive Chevrolet passenger model through 1965 has become the best-selling car in the United States, competing against the Ford Galaxie 500 and Plymouth Fury when the full-size model dominates the market.
Impala is distinguished over the years by three symmetrical rear lights. Caprice was introduced as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for the 1965 model into a separate series positioned above the 1966 Impala, which, in turn, remained above Bel Air and Biscayne. Impala continued as the most popular model of full size Chevrolet through the mid-1980s. Between 1994 and 1996, the Impala was revived as a V8-powered version of the 5.7-liter Caprice Classic Sedan muscle.
With a six-cylinder engine, the Chevrolet Bel Air Impala starts at $ 2,586, while $ 2,693 buys a V8. In all, 55,989 convertibles and 125,480 Sport coupes are built, 15 percent of production. The interior holds two-spoke steering wheel and a vibrant color door panel with aluminum trim. No other series including convertibles. Impala suggests Chevrolet’s entry into the mid-price field, even if the design is less radical than planned. In addition to strong style and performance, the ads marketed a “fast, ardent-to-help handling that lets you know that you’re the boss.”
New to 1957, the Ramjet fuel injection continues to be available as an option for the Turbo-Fire 283 V8. 1958 Impalas comes with this rare and highly desirable option as a car collector.
Again, low, and wider – recurring themes – all Chevrolets have either full suspension coil or ride air, displacing the old rear springs leaves. A new “Safety Girder” X-type frame reduces height without losing headroom. A 283 cu in (4640 cc) engine is now V8 standard, with ratings ranging from 185 to 290 horsepower. Large-block 348 cu in (5,700 cc) The Turbo-Thrust V8 is a new engine option, down from the truck engine, producing 250 hp (190 kW), 280 hp (210 kW), or 315 hp (235 kW). 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala helps Chevrolet back number one production in this recession year.