New Zealand Classic Car - - PRODUCTS -

This 1958 Impala has an in­ter­est­ing his­tory. It was first pur­chased new by the late Mr LA Ed­wards of Craw­fordville, Ge­or­gia, US, in 1958. Ac­cord­ing to his niece, Mrs Alice Thorn­ton of Craw­fordville, he loved the car and sel­dom used it. In 1975, it was traded and sold to a col­lec­tor, who is un­der­stood to have been Mr Benny Boo­tle, past pres­i­dent of the An­tique Au­to­mo­bile Club of Amer­ica and a col­lec­tor of au­to­mo­biles.

This 1958 Chevrolet Impala two-door coupé is equipped with the orig­i­nal 5.7-litre (348– cu­bic inch) tri-power en­gine mated to a Tur­boglide trans­mis­sion and shows just 23,194 miles (37,327km) on the odome­ter. The strik­ing exter­ior colour com­bi­na­tion, Rio Red and Arc­tic White, is to­tally orig­i­nal, as is the in­te­rior, which is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. You can still see the re­mains of the clear plas­tic pro­tec­tion around the door panel edges that was re­moved by the first owner when he pur­chased the car. Even the orig­i­nal fac­tory seat tag is un­der the rear seat.

The bumpers have never been re-chromed nor has the stain­less been buffed or any of the em­blems re­placed. Even the orig­i­nal newsprint la­bel is stuck in­side the boot lid, show­ing the in­struc­tions on how to use the tyre jack, and the cur­rent owner has the orig­i­nal white­wall cross-ply tyres.

In 2009, the car was judged and awarded the HPOF (His­toric Preser­va­tion of Orig­i­nal Fea­tures) badge, which is not an easy award to achieve. The badge is fit­ted to the front grille of the car. Ap­pro­pri­ately, the car fea­tured in a num­ber of Amer­i­can mag­a­zines and spent some time in a col­lec­tor’s auto mu­seum in Char­lotte, North Carolina, not far from the fa­mous Nascar race track, be­fore it was shipped to New Zealand.

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