Chevrolet Impala Convertible
The Chevrolet Impala, introduced in 1958, was Chevrolet’s new top-line model, and it represented a complete redesign. Its all-new “Safety Girder” X-type frame was the foundation for a longer, lower and wider body that reduced overall height without sacrificing passenger headroom. Other notable features included anti-dive braking, a full coil-spring suspension, a foot-operated parking brake and two optional 348 cubic inch V8 engines.
While the new front end treatment was somewhat reminiscent of past Chevrolet models, it featured quad headlamps, while the rear fenders and tail panel adopted a bold, sculptured theme. Available in convertible and two-door hardtop form, the Impala was the top model in Chevrolet’s upscale Bel Air Series, including all the features of the lesser models, plus Impala-only scripts, insignia, checkered flag emblems, ribbed body sill panels, imitation chrome scoops ahead of the rear wheels, a two-spoke deep-dish steering wheel, a rear radio speaker grille and triple rear taillights. In fact, from the A-pillar back, the Impala was markedly different from the regular Chevrolet line-up, and carried a feeling of richness and distinction. Period advertising focused on style, performance and handling; such was the success of the campaign that in but a few short years the Impala nameplate became synonymous with Chevrolet.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California, in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan and in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
280bhp, 348 cu. in. “Turbo-Thrust” V8 engine, three two-barrel carburetors, three-speed, close-ratio manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, four-link rear suspension with upper and lower control arms and coil springs, and four-wheel, power-operated hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 117.5".
Source: RM Auctions
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