First-Year Impala Flexes Corvette and Chevelle Upgrades, a Big Block Surprise

1958 is the year that brought us the first-ever Impala, though at first, the car was only offered as the top-of-the-line version of the Bel Air.
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Photo: eBay seller cordva-19
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Impala eventually became a stand-alone model a year later when Chevrolet introduced the second generation, but for 1958, it was only available as a convertible or coupe in the Bel Air lineup.

The 1958 Impala that you see here is a living example of the original series, though as you’ll learn in a minute, it has already received a series of upgrades borrowed from newer Chevys.

While we won’t comment too much on what eyes can see, it’s pretty clear this ’58 Impala has seen better days; on the other hand, it doesn’t look that bad either. We’re not being told how much of the metal is still original, but eBay seller cordva-19 says they already installed a series of upgrades on the car, so whoever buys it only needs to continue this restoration process.

First and foremost, the Impala now comes with 1980 Corvette disc brakes, an exhaust system that’s yet to be installed, as well as new 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle manifolds. There are new gas lines and a new gas tank coming with the car.

Power on this first-year Impala comes from a big-block 454 engine paired with a Muncie 4-speed transmission, but very little specifics have been shared on the powertrain. We know it drives, but other than that, no extra information.

The seller claims the car is ready to sell with what is being described as “very low miles,” yet the mileage in the eBay listing is 236,534 miles (380,664 km). We assume this is what the odometer indicates since the car was built and no reset was made when the big block was installed.

The 1958 Impala is now listed for auction online, and at the time of writing, the highest bid is $8,300. By the looks of things, it has already caught the attention of the Internet, as it received close to 30 bids in its first days online.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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