1958 Classic Chevrolet "A Whole New Look!"

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When the 1958 Chevrolet styling program started, nothing was to weird to try!

In the General Motors Research Building on June 21, 1955, a small group of men gathered together.

Their minds were far away - 2 1/2 years away. This select group of stylist headed by Chevy's Clare MacKichan, chief designer, was responsible for the design of the 1958 Chevrolet.

1958 Chevrolet Belair Impala 2 Door Hard Top Sport Coupe
1958 Chevrolet Impala
2 Door Hard Top Sport Coupe

In July of 1955 full sized line drawing then airbrushed renderings were made to pin down ideas for serious consideration. By November of 1955 literally hundreds of ideas have been proposed, accepted, rejected, changed tried in clay, modeled in wood, drawn full size and drawn on tiny scraps of paper. All to ensure that every design had "the GM look".

In order to accurately visualize the complete design, a number of finely detailed fiberglass prototype cars were made up in the Styling Section shops. By May of 1956, the 1958 Chevrolet was done for all practical purposes, the styling phase was complete. The results you can see in the 50 classic magazine and Chevrolet brochure images on this web site. What do you think of the 1958 Chevrolet? Despite being a recession year, consumers made Chevrolet No.1 and the Impala was at the center of Chevy's popularity.

The 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevrolets were called "The Hot One's" but in the summer of 1958, Chevy unveiled the lower, wider and longer '58 Chevrolet. From the very first glimpse of the spectacular new Chevrolets you would catch a hint of the exciting Sculpturamic Styling! "From road to roof it brings you glamour, new performance, a wonderful new floating way of going" said one 1958 Chevy Belair ad. "It happens in 17 stunning models, from the incomparable Impala, scarcely shoulder high, to a corral full of glamorous new station wagons" said another. The new twin driving lights were a first and there was a new wrap around windshield.

1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

The 1958 Chevrolet was the most exciting new shape in a generation of cars! With 16 new models such as the Belair plus the Corvette customers had plenty to choose from and of course, dozens of color themes inside and out.

1958 Chevrolet Models
The Bel Air Series
  Impala Convertible
  Impala Sport Coupe 2 Door Hard Top
  Bel Air Sport Coupe 2 Door Hard Top
  Bel Air Sport Sedan 4 Door Hard Top
  Bel Air 2 Door Sedan
  Bel Air 4 Door Sedan

The Biscayne Series
  Biscayne 2 Door Sedan
  Biscayne 4 Door Sedan

The Delray Series
  Delray 2 Door Sedan
  Delray 2 Door Utility Sedan
  Delray 4 Door Sedan

Station Wagons
  Brookwood 4 Door 6 Passenger
  Brookwood 4 Door 9 Passenger
  Yeoman 2 Door 6 Passenger
  Yeoman 4 Door 6 Passenger

Chevy also redesigned their chassis, a rugged new frame that was actually "X-built". A new wheelbase that had 4-coil suspension or a optional Level-Air suspension to make riding on air a reality. When it came to going, that's where the 1958 Chevy really shined, with a new V8 engine like nothing seen before and a automatic drive with triple-turbines.

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