The 1950s was chock-full of big cars with big tailfins like this 1958 Chevy Impala. Perhaps not as iconic as other cars of this era, like the 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood or 1957 Chevy Bel Air, it’s certainly a beautiful car to behold. And, thanks to a very tasteful frame-off restoration (and a few modern updates) by owner Don Jones, we bet it drives just as good as it looks.
It took Don nearly 12 years to get the Chevy to a drivable state and a few more to get it to the condition you see here. Slow progress to be sure, but Don remarks that it was mostly in boxes when he took ownership, so we can’t fault him on that. It should be noted, as well, that Don did all the heavy lifting here. Excluding the interior and exhaust, it was all him.
Under the era-appropriate two-tone paint lies a few modifications designed to make this beast tamer. Including, a freshly bored and balanced 348 ci W-head engine outfitted with a mild cam, MSD ignition, and Edelbrock EFI, which is backed by a 700R4 transmission and Strange 3.55:1 rear axle.
Suspension wise, the Impala features dropped spindles and coilovers in the front and 2-inch lowering springs out back. It also has 1-inch sway bars, power disc brakes, and power steering. A solid compliment of goodies, all around.
This is an excellent example of a restomod done right. The stance is perfect and there’s just enough modern touch to make it livable without degrading its vintage appeal. Maybe Don will build another project, we just hope it doesn’t take so long next time.Learn More Here