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March 8, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

First-Generation Impala Being Offered With No Reserve

No car has survived generation to generation quite like the Chevrolet Impala. Certainly today’s models have lost the flare of decades past in favor of everyday design and performance, but those of yesteryear were far different and still favored today. Third and fourth-generations live on today as Lowriders, fifth-gens as Donks and nearly all early models as collector cars, like this first-generation 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible.

Not only was 1958 the Impala’s debut year, but it was the only year of the first-generation run with changes being made to the ’59. One of 55,800 convertibles produced that year, this ’58 was part of the run that helped Chevrolet claim the top spot in sales that year with 29.5% of the market. During that super competitive era of car manufacturing the power war was moving full speed ahead and as a result Chevrolet popped a 348 cu.-in. V8 into the Impala, an engine they were routinely using for their trucks.

Glen Green on the inside and out this Impala is ready to cruise, having done 1,000 miles on a recent tour with no issues. A testament to the powerhouse, power steering, power brakes and along with the modern convenience of Vintage Air for a comfortable cruise. A classic, this ’58 will be sold tomorrow with no reserve at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction in Florida for an estimated hammer price between $60,000-$80,000.

[Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.]

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