If you post a gorgeous Rio Red 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible like this one to your Facebook page, you’ll probably get over 1,500 “Likes” on any given weekend. This is not just any ’58 Impala. This one is a rare convertible … has a continental kit … has the 348 Tripower motor … and is finished in Rio Red … wow! It doesn’t get any better than this!
Streetside Classics in Atlanta has it for sale this weekend. (Check out dozens of detailed high resoluation photos at this link.) You’ll see the Rio Red 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible featured in the Cars-On-Line weekly newsletter. They tell us it comes beautifully restored and highly correct, offering everything an investor could want, and everything a car hobbyist is looking for.
Painted brilliant code 923 Rio Red, this big ragtop definitely has the right look. In 1958, the guy who ordered this car new seemed to understand that there was just no point in going subtle, not with all that chrome and the tri-tone interior. And when it was restored, they spent extra time to get it right, because this is a car that attracts a lot of attention.
Streetside Classics says, “There’s a lot to absorb on the ’58 Impala, but even if you look closely, you’ll see that every detail is razor sharp, from the unique fins to the cool jet-like outlets on the lower quarter panel. Gaps are exemplary and the doors close with ease. The trunk lines up just right, and the giant hood lines up neatly with the grille surround. And speaking of the grille, the massive chrome bill on this car delivered spectacular results, as all the jewelry is in excellent condition. All the wonderful details that make the ’58 Impala so special are here, and all of it got the restorer’s touch before it was bolted into place. This car is simply off-the-charts nice.”
They say the tri-tone interior on this classic Chevrolet has been expertly restored to “as-new condition.” New seat covers, fresh carpets, and gorgeous door panels with red anodized inserts accurately re-create the factory look and this is one of those cars that you can drive every day for a month and not notice all the details. Check out the two-tone steering wheel, the neatly accented floor mats, and accessory tissue dispenser under the dash. The gauges are in excellent condition, with a wide speedometer up top and auxiliary gauges in the bright metal dash panel below. There’s also a factory AM radio, which is the only component on this entire car that’s not functional. Overhead there’s a power convertible top that seals this big ragtop up without effort and it comes with a red boot for warm weather. And thanks to the continental kit out back, the trunk is positively massive and is finished with a correct mat and jack assembly.
The biggest engine you could get in 1958 was a 348 cubic inch V8, and the top performer was the tri-power version like this, featuring three 2-barrel carburetors. The uniquely shaped valve covers make it easy to spot in the engine bay and the trio of carburetors hides neatly under a large, round air cleaner. Because it came with the big block truck engine, it is often considered the forerunner to the muscle cars which would follow some six or seven years later. Even back in the day this was a car that would make you stop and look.
Remarkably, this big luxury cruiser is fitted with a 3-speed manual transmission, which makes it a great performer with that muscular V8 under the hood. It also sounds great with that dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers offering a classic ’50s soundtrack. Beautifully detailed chassis components, shiny red floors, and all-new hardware make this a car you can drive and show with confidence.
Cars restored to this level are one in a thousand to find. Streetside tells us this iconic Rio Red 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible adds up to a blue-chip, Number One condition investment car. And they say it is a joy to drive.
Believe it or not, there are more to see in Cars-On-Line’s Classic Chevrolet Section online. Just follow the link and scroll to “1958.” You’ll feast your eyes on some of America’s finest. Or, shop our Convertible Section where you’ll find nothing but ragtops.
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