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Chevrolet Impala - 1958
The impala, in all of its various body styles, enjoyed almost three decades of production. It was originally introduced as a hardtop coupe and a convertible in 1958, when it quickly became known as the nations favorite family car, helping chevrolet to take over from ford as the no. 1 american automaker.
Top speed of 105 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, in-line 6
displacement 235.5 cu. In. Power rating 145 hp transmission 3-speed manual
chassis: Front suspension by upper and lower a-arms and coil springs, rear suspension by live axle and coil springs; Drum brakes; 3,458-3,523 lbs.
The birth of a legend
chevrolet conceived the impala as the bel air executive coupe, thus releasing it as a subseries of the popular bel air line, but its immense popularity happily forced chevrolet to create an entirely separate line of impalas in 1959- there were reasons for this popularity. The impalas were longer, wider, lower and heavier than other chevys, reflecting forecasted consumer demand for an automobile that had luxury and unique styling as opposed to spirited performance. This pushed the car into the medium-price range, but people were willing to pay.
the hot one
the 1958 convertible and hardtop are considered classic and highly coveted impalas for several reasons other than the fact that ads toted them as being longer, lower, lovelier by far. the newr
x-member chassis was heavier, but thanks to a longer wheelbase and a new four-link suspension with coil springs, the ride was considerably smoother than the 1957 models.
This 1958 impala convertible was one of 55,989 sold, hardtop coupe sales were 125,480. Collectors are now paying as much as $50,000 for these first impalas.
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