The 1958 full size Chevy Impala was a breath of fresh air for Chevrolet. It was an all new model with all new looks. The name Impala comes from the African Antelope known for it gracefully leaps and long curved horns. Like the animal, Chevrolets Impala was graceful, curvy, and rugged with engines that ranged from the conservative 6 cylinder to the large and powerful 348. When the Chevy Impala was launched in 1958, it was positioned as top of the line Bel Air coupes and convertibles.
Beginning in 1959, the Chevrolet Impala became a separate series including a 4-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, 2-door Sport Coupe, and convertible. Sport Coupes featured a shortened roofline and wrap-over back window, promising a "virtually unlimited rear view" to match the Impala's new compound-curve windshield. With these changes, the Impala found its place in the auto industry, with more than 490,000 cars built in 1960.
In 1961, the Chevy Impala returned with a style that proved tremendously popular which contributed to the prestige of the 1962, 1963 & 1964 Impalas as collectibles. The "overhang" roof style of the Impala sedans were replaced with a more appealing, wider "C" pillar with a wraparound rear window. Among collectors, the 1963 Chevy Impala is the most well-liked model for its body style, although it was almost mechanically identical to the 1962 Chevy Impala model. The 1963 Chevrolet Impala's distinctive body style has crisp lines with pointed front and rear fenders that accentuate the long, low style of auto design popular in the early 1960s.
Totally redesigned in 1965, the Chevy Impala set an all-time auto industry annual sales record of more than 1 million cars in the U.S. which has never been equaled. All latest full-size Chevys eschewed the "X" frame for a full-width perimeter frame, a new body which featured curved, frameless side glass (for pillar less models), sharper angled windshield with newly reshaped vent windows, and remodeled full-coil spring suspension.
The fluctuations in the auto industry resulted in Chevrolet redesigning the Chevy Impala once again in 1977 to meet changing demands. The latest downsized Chevy Impalas were shorter in length and taller and narrower than before. The latest Impala's frame was a shortened version of the one presented in 1971 and would be sold until 1985 when GM pulled the plug. Presented again in 1994, the B-body production was short lived and again production stopped in 1996. Once again, the Chevy Impala came to life in the year 2000, and manufacturing of Impalas continues today. The Impala was one of Chevrolet’s longest running manufactured vehicles and remained in continual production from 1958 through 1985.
Regardless of the Impala body style you own, Eckler’s Late Great Chevy is the leading resource of restoration parts and accessories. At Eckler’s Late Great Chevy, you will find all the parts you need to restore your Impala to showroom quality or improve it with disc brake upgrades and modern exhaust packages. Whether your Impala is a barn find, a daily driver, or maybe only ventures out on those sunny days, Ecklers has the Impala parts for you. We also have a full line of upgrades, performance add-ons, maintenance, and car care products for your Impala. If you are looking for Impala parts then Eckler’s should be your first and only stop.