Classic Chevy: The 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Series

In the fall of 1958, when General Motors introduced the new 1958 Chevrolet, it was called “The Most Exciting New Way in a Generation of Cars!” Chevy changed everything to offer customers the only all-new car in its field.

There were 6 new Bel Airs. Bel Air Impala Convertible, Bel Air Impala Sport Couple (two-door hardtop), Bel Air Sport Coupe (two-door hardtop), Bel Air Sport Sedan (four-door hardtop), Bel Air two-door sedan and Bel Air four door sedan.

In 1958, the Chevrolet Impala was part of General Motor’s top-of-the-line Bel Air series, despite the Bel Air name not appearing anywhere on the car. The Impala was a thrill on wheels! Chevrolet’s new “gull wing” rear fenders slide gracefully across the rear, adding luxurious width. Triple taillight clusters were one of the many unique features of the Impala along with a false air vent centered on the rear roof. A 1958 Chevy ad said the Impala was the prettiest rear view on the road.

The 1958 Chevy Impala was the most daring car ever introduced by Chevrolet in the low price arena. It was incredibly low, excitingly longer, and loaded with unique keys of its own. Today, the 1958 Impala could be called the first “lowrider.” General Motors called the new 1958 Chevrolet styling “Sculpturamic” with eight eyes in the front, six in the rear, and a simulated side scoop on the quarter panels.

The interiors of the 1958 Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe and Convertible were described as “luxury saloon interiors where you get wall-to-wall luxury.” They were made in new vibrant colors, ribbed vinyl and textured fabrics with anodized aluminum panels. The interiors were always in harmony with the exterior color tones of the 1958 Chevy. The instrument panel was smooth and equipped with great looking gauges, plus a sports car-inspired steering wheel that is simply beautiful.

With a lower, wider, longer and more spectacular shape, the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala is now a true classic Chevy.

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