Back When a Car Was a Car

I stumbled onto this old Chevy Impala in my travels around Stratford yesterday. It is a 1958 model so next year will be 60 years old. This one is dolled up about as much as you can get. It even has fender skirts which I haven’t seen on cars in many years. What I like about this classic car is the owner has not modified it in any way that I could see. If I see an old car that has been hot rodded out, I just pass it by. Not interested. One personal reason I am fond of this car is my family had a 1958 Chevy but the most basic model you could get – a Biscayne. I am not even sure it had a radio. It was grey in colour and four doors. I loved that vehicle but was only seven when it arrived on our farm. It was our family’s second brand new car, the first being a 1953 Ford. Starting in 1953, and for the rest of their lives, my parents bought a new car every few years.

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Author: Jim Hagarty

I am a 65-year-old retired journalist, busy recovering from a lifelong career as an unretired journalist. This year marks a half century of my scratching out little fables about life. My interests include genealogy, humour and music. I live in a little blue shack in Canada and spend most of my time trying to stay out of trouble. I am not that good at it. I also spent years teaching journalism. Poor state of journalism today: My fault. I have a family I don't deserve, a dog that adores me, and two cars the junk yard refuses to accept. My prized possessions include my old guitar and a razor my Dad gave me when I was 14 and which I still use when I bother to shave. Oh, and my great-great-grandfather's blackthorn stick he brought from Ireland in the 1850s. I have only one opinion but it is a good one: People take too many showers.

3 thoughts on “Back When a Car Was a Car”

  1. A beautiful automobile,from an era when you could tell from afar what make and model it was without having to read the company logo.

  2. you mention all original. Do you think it came from the factory with the Continental kit? And the steering wheel looks after-market.

    1. I don’t know cars well enough to be able to answer your question but I remember cars such as this dressed up 58 Impala when they were new and on the road and this looks original to me.

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