Chevrolet’s design for the year fared better than its other GM offerings, and lacked the overabundance of chrome found on Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, Buicks and Cadillacs. Complementing Chevrolet’s front design was a broad grille and quad headlights that helped simulate a ‘Baby Cadillac’; the wagon’s tail received a fan-shaped alcove on both side panels, similar to the sedan’s, but the wagons housed single tail lights instead of dual (triple on Impala) to accommodate the tailgate.
The sedan delivery was a two-door model that normally looked like a station wagon with panel sides instead of rear side windows. It carried a Delray script at the leading edge of the rear fender panel and shared Delray trim with other passenger cars in that series.
This superb 1958 delivery wagon cuts quite a dash in the most American fashion, and is understood to be the only 1958 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery in the UK.
Described as being meticulously maintained by the vendor, it has been a labour of love of ownership and has consistently been maintained and looked after to the highest standard, with the added benefit that American cars of this era boast a strength and reliability unlike many other over-engineered European cars of the period.
Interested parties should be under no illusion that this is a wolf in a very stylish sheep’s clothing – under the bonnet lurks none other than a 327 cubic inch Chevrolet Corvette motor linked to a new turbo 350 gearbox, a power pack such as this making the car not only something to be reckoned with on a quarter mile, but more importantly the ability to cruise in modern traffic conditions at modern speeds.
Other sensible driver-based upgrades include power steering, an upgraded dual braking system with front disc brakes and recently replaced rear brakes, and a final addition to everyday drivability is a new aluminium radiator, and if that’s not enough, alongside the original factory radio is a modern CD/Aux/DAB radio.
This unique ’58 sedan delivery came to the UK approximately 10 years ago and prior to that had been in single family ownership – for over three decades in San Jose, California.
With the shabby-chic style that classic vans and commercial vehicles enjoy today at events such as Goodwood, Schloss Dyck and other historic festivals, this sedan delivery, with all the manners of a beautifully engineered classic road car, has the added benefit of being a bit different and very cool.
Estimate: £12,000 – £15,000
€13,000 – €16,500
$14,500 – $18,000