The roots of the 1958 Impala extend to the mid-1950s, when Chevrolet's chief engineer, Ed Cole, developed the company's first modern V-8 engine, an impressive 265 small-block. Before 1955, Ford had dominated the market—the best Chevy could offer prospective customers was a low-powered six-cylinder engine. But in 1955, Chevrolet introduced its high-performance V-8, which it installed in completely restyled models, available in a wide array of colors, with beautiful lines and lots of attention to detail.

Quickly, Chevy became synonymous with quality, and the first model to get the V-8, the Bel Air, became a hot item. Taking cues from Cadillac, the exterior of the Bel Air, available in hard-top and convertible, was updated again in 1956 and '57, and this evolution led to the even more deluxe Chevrolet Impala, which was positioned as a prestige high-end full-size car when it was launched in 1958. The Impala represented Chevy’s effort to appeal to the luxury market with its bigger, heavier body, a 348-cid V-8 engine, and a new-fangled innovation called fuel injection.

For its 1959 model year, Chevy offered both a pillared and pillarless Impala sedan to create a new top-of-the-line series. Today, the two-door hardtops and the convertibles are the most sought-after models by car collectors. One of the most distinguishing features of '50s Impalas are their dramatic bat-wing tail fins, which were tamed and trimmed down for the 1960 model year, and done away with by 1961. Throughout the rest of the early 1960s, Chevy had huge success moving upmarket, and by 1965, the Impala was the best-selling car of the year.

Thanks to the popularity of sports cars, though, in 1962 Chevrolet added the zippy Impala SS (Super Sport) to the line, a model offered until 1967. The high-powered full-size Impalas, redesigned again in 1971, remained Chevy’s top sellers well into the 1970s, but went out of production in 1985. The Impala SS imprint was revived in 1994, and remains in production today.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Jims59.com

Jims59.com

Jim Snell’s tribute to the 1959 Chevy Impala and other Chevrolets (Bel Air, Two-Ten Wagon, etc.) from the 1950s a… [read review or visit site]

Hemmings Auto Blogs

Hemmings Auto Blogs

This great (and frequently updated) blog from the folks at Hemmings Motor News is a visual feast of old and new pho… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Chevrolet : Impala Impala 1961 Impala Bubbletop Barn FindChevrolet : Impala 1961 Chevy Impala Bubble Top 348 Auto Power Steering Killer Car Super SolidChevrolet : Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air 1959 Chevrolet Belair Wagon / Impala Original Trouqise , Driver, Nice BuilderChevrolet : Other Delivery 1959 Chevrolet Impala Sedan Delivery Wagon Very Rare True SurvivorChevrolet : Impala Coupe 1959 Chevrolet ImpalaChevrolet : Impala 1962 Chevy Impala Convertible Frame Off Resto Ps Pdb Ac V8 Auto Air RideChevrolet : Impala Coupe 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubble TopChevrolet : Camaro Ss 383 Stroker Ss 383 Stroker, Pro Street, (like 1967 1969 Firebird, Gto, Chevelle, Impala...)Chevrolet : Impala 2dr Sports Coupe 1960 Chevy Impala, 60k Original Miles, Working Fact. A/c, Super Solid SurvivorChevrolet : Impala 1963, 409, 4 Speed, Fresh Paint, Nice Interior, Runs GreatChevrolet : Impala 2 Door Hard Top 1966 Chevrolet Impala 396, All Original, Parked Over 30 Years Ago! Must See!Chevrolet : Impala Ss Convertible Barn Find, Convertible, Project, Rat Rod, Hot Rod , Collectable. Rat RodChevrolet : Impala Super Sport 1967 Chevy Impala Ss 327 1966 1969 1968 1970 Chevelle Gto Monte Carlo 396 454Chevrolet : Impala Wagon 1970 Chevrolet Townsman Wagon Survivor All Original Great Driver Cold AcChevrolet : Impala Ss 1963 Chevrolet Impala Ss Sport CoupeChevrolet : Impala 2-door Coupe 1966 Chevrolet Impala .. 427-425 Hp .. 4 Speed ... 1 Awesome Car ....Chevrolet : Impala Super Sport 1964 Chevrolet Impala Supersport ConvertibleChevrolet : Impala 2 Door Hard Top 1958 Chevy Impala : RedChevrolet : Impala Base Convertible 2-door 62 Impala Ss Convertible A True SurvivorChevrolet : Impala 4-dr 1965 Chevrolet Impala Wagon - Az Rust-free - Needs Total Restoration - Complete!Chevrolet : Impala Base 2 Door Hard Top 1964 Chevrolet Impala 2 DoorChevrolet : Impala Ss 1963 Chevorlet Impala Ss 409cid Very Collectible!Chevrolet : Impala Convertible 1961 Chevrolet Impala Matching Numbers Original UnmolestedChevrolet : Impala Ss 1996 Impala Ss Excellent Condition Dark Green 30450 Miles Spectackular 2 IssuesChevrolet : Impala 843 Blue 1962 Impala 2 Door Hardtop Super Sport 4 SpeedChevrolet : Impala Frame Off Restored Impala Convertible 348 V8 PowerglideChevrolet : Impala Ss 62 Impala Ss Convertible A True SurvivorChevrolet : Impala Coupe 1963 Chevrolet Impala Ss - 4 Speed HotrodChevrolet : Impala 2 Door Coupe 68 Impala 327 W/ Approximatly 70,000 Original MilesChevrolet : Impala Impala 2 Dr. H.t. Two-tone Ivory/baby Blue The First Impala Ever Made, In Perfect 50's Two-tone Ivory/cashmere Blue 2 Dr.htChevrolet : Impala Convertible - 454 V-8 - 200 Miles Big Block - Complete Restoration - 1970 Chevrolet Impala Convertible - 200 MilesChevrolet : Impala Impala Wagon 1961 Chevrolet ImpalaChevrolet : Impala Ss 1966 Impala Ss. Super Sport,muscle Car,classic Car ,hot RodChevrolet : Impala Station Wagon 1959 Chevrolet Brookwood Station WagonChevrolet : Impala Convertible Rare 1971 Chevy Impala Convertible W/ Bb 402 That Runs And Drives!Chevrolet : Impala Base 1963 ImpalaChevrolet : Impala 2 Door Hardtop Impala 2 Door HardtopChevrolet : Impala Base 1970 Chevrolet Impala Fast BackChevrolet : Impala 2 Dr Sedan 1961 BiscayneChevrolet : Impala Base 1968 Chevrolet Impala ConvertibleChevrolet : Impala Base 1963 Impala-driver, Restored, Low, Street Rod, Hot Rod, 283ci V8, Automatic!Chevrolet : Impala 1963 Chevy Impala Ss Convertible Like 1964 Custom Show Car All Chrome Frame OffChevrolet : Impala Beautiful Condition 1962 Chevrolet Impala - 87,000 Original Miles - Second Owner - 383 / 700rChevrolet : Impala Ss 1962 Chev Impala Original Ss Black 875 Red Bucket Seat Car Show Car Chevy RareChevrolet : Impala Convertible 1966 Impala ConvertibleChevrolet : Caprice Convertiable 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Convertible - Rare Options - Low Reserve Impala1963 1964 Nos Impala Trunk Opener 63 64 Chevrolet Chevy Popper Vacuum Chevrolet : Impala 2 Door Hardtop '64 Impala 2 Door HardtopChevrolet : Impala 1960 Chevrolet Impala1961 1962 Nos Impala Remote Mirror 61 62 Chevrolet ChevyChevrolet : Impala Impala Ss 1969 Impala Pro StreetChevrolet : Impala Ss 1965 Chevy Impala SsChevrolet : Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air 1961 Belair Parkwood Impala Station Wagon* Patina PaintChevrolet : Impala Hardtop 1966 Chevy Impala 427 Big Block 400 Turbo Transmission P/s P/b Great Runnig CarChevrolet : Impala 2 Door Hardtop 1963 Impala 2 Hardtop1967 Chev Impala WagonChevrolet : Impala Ss 1964 Chevrolet Impala Ss **matching Numbers** Project Car!Chevrolet : Impala 1962 Chevrolet Impala Ss Hardtop Honduras Maroon 283 V8Chevrolet : Impala V8 Manual 3 Speed Transmission 1963 Nos Impala Cruise Control 63 Chevrolet Chevy Cc Crusie