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Mario's Tribute to the Fabulous 1958 Cars

1958 was a Recession year which affected the Auto Industry as well as all the other industries. 1958 had the lowest total auto sales in the decade of just 4,567,518 cars and it took 2 years for sales to reach 7 million in 1960.

Unemployment in Detroit reached 20%, marking the height of the Recession of 1958 in the United States.

The cars for 1958 were longer, lower, with many options and color choices. Quad headlights were now standard across the industry and engine sizes grew along with horsepower. By now all the cars had a 12-volt electrical system to provide more power for starting the larger engines and to power all the new options.

Here is my tribute to the Fabulous 1958 cars. Enjoy, Mario.

1 1958 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop

2 1958 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop

3 1958 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop. 348ci 3X2 BBL V8 280hp.

4 1958 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop

5 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE

6 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE

7 1958 Corvette 283 cubic inch 230 horsepower- 4-barrel V8

8 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE

9 1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE HARDTOP FUEL-INJECTED

10 1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE HARDTOP FUEL-INJECTED

11 1958 PONTIAC 370ci FUEL-INJECTED V8 315hp

12 1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE HARDTOP FUEL-INJECTED

13 1958 OLDSMOBILE 98

14 1958 OLDSMOBILE 98

15 1958 Olds 371ci 8cyl engine with a 4 barrel carburetor producing 305hp

16 1958 OLDSMOBILE 98

17 1958 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE

18 1958 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE

19 1958 BUICK 364cid V8 300hp

20 1958 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE

21 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe deVille

22 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe deVille

23 1958 Cadillac 365 cu. in. 310 hp V8 4 bbl

24 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe deVille

25 1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE

26 1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE

27 1958 FORD 332ci V8 Holley 4bbl 265hp

28 1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE

29 1958 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

30 1958 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

31 1958 FORD THUNDERBIRD 352ci 300hp V8 engine

32 1958 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

33 1958 Ford Edsel Pacer

34 1958 Ford Edsel Pacer

35 1958 Ford Edsel 361ci 303hp E-400 OHV V-8

36 1958 Ford Edsel 361ci 303hp E-400 OHV V-8

37 1958 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER

38 1958 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER

39 1958 MERCURY 430ci 400hp Super Marauder V8 with Tri-Power

40 1958 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER

41 1958 Lincoln Premiere 4-door Hardtop

42 1958 Lincoln Premiere 4-door Hardtop

43 1958 Lincoln Premiere 430ci 375HP V8

44 1958 Lincoln Premiere 4-door Hardtop

45 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III

46 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III

47 1958 Lincoln Continental 430 cu in 375 HP V8

48 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III

49 1958 PLYMOUTH FURY 2 DOOR HARDTOP

50 1958 PLYMOUTH FURY 2 DOOR HARDTOP

51 1958 PLYMOUTH 383ci V8 with dual Carter AFB 4 BBL 330hp

52 1958 PLYMOUTH 383ci V8 with dual Carter AFB 4 BBL 330hp

53 1958 DODGE REGAL LANCER 2 DOOR HARDTOP

54 1958 DODGE REGAL LANCER 2 DOOR HARDTOP

55 1958 DODGE 350ci V8 295hp

56 1958 DODGE REGAL LANCER 2 DOOR HARDTOP

57 1958 CHRYSLER 300D

58 1958 CHRYSLER 300D

59 1958 CHRYSLER 300D 392ci HEMI V8 Dual Quads FirePower 380hp

60 1958 CHRYSLER 300D

61 1958 DESOTO FIRESWEEP CONVERTIBLE

62 1958 DESOTO FIRESWEEP CONVERTIBLE

63 1958 DESOTO 350ci V8 280hp

64 1958 DESOTO FIRESWEEP CONVERTIBLE

65 1958 Chrysler Imperial

66 1958 Chrysler Imperial

67 1958 Chrysler Imperial 392ci Hemi V8 4bbl 345hp

68 1958 Chrysler Imperial

69 1958 Rambler 4 Door Sedan

70 1958 Rambler 4 Door Sedan

71 1958 Rambler 195ci Inline 6 engine 135hp

72 1958 Rambler 4 Door Sedan

73 1958 Rambler American 2-Door Sedan

74 1958 Rambler American 2-Door Sedan

75 1958 Rambler American Flathead six engine 195.6 cid 127 hp

76 1958 Rambler American 2-Door Sedan

77 1958 Rambler Ambassador

78 1958 Rambler Ambassador

79 1958 Rambler Ambassador 327ci V8 270hp

80 1958 Rambler Ambassador

81 1958 NASH METROPOLITAN 2dr HT Rare Flying Lady hood ornament

82 1958 NASH METROPOLITAN 2dr HT

83 1958 NASH 1,500cc 4-cylinder engine 52hp

84 1958 NASH METROPOLITAN 2dr HT

85 1958 Packard Hawk Coupe

86 1958 Packard Hawk Coupe

87 1958 Packard Supercharged 289ci OHV V8 275hp

88 1958 Packard Hawk Coupe only 588 produced

89 1958 Packard coupe

90 1958 Packard Supercharged 289ci V8 275hp only 675 made

91 1958 Packard coupe

92 1958 Packard coupe. 1958 model year was the last for Packard

93 1958 Studebaker Commander Hardtop

94 1958 Studebaker Commander Hardtop

95 1958 Studebaker supercharged 289ci V8 275hp

96 1958 Studebaker Commander Hardtop

97 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Indy 500 Pace Car

98 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Indy 500 Pace Car

99 1958 Thunderbird Motor Trend's Car of the Year May 1958 Issue

100 1958 Ford Thunderbird Motor Trend Car of the Year


Video and audio clips

1958 Chevrolet Impala commercial


GM Five for 58 Commercial


1958 FORD FAMILY OF FINE CARS


1958 Ford Commercial


1958 Plymouth Commercial


1958 Chrysler Imperial commercial



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Comments

ghpcnm on Nov 22, 2023 said:

I love that Buick.

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Mario on Nov 22, 2023 said:

The 58 Buick had the most chrome of any car ever! I read the car had 30% chrome over its surface. Good choice in picking that car Dave and have a Happy Thanksgiving! Semper Fi, Mario

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Mario on Nov 22, 2023 said:

The cars for 1958 were longer, lower, with many options and color choices. Quad headlights were now standard across the industry and engine sizes grew along with horsepower.

By now all the cars had a 12-volt electrical system to provide more power for starting the larger engines and to power all the new options.

Here is my tribute to the Fabulous 1958 cars. Enjoy, Mario.

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57timemachine on Nov 22, 2023 said:

Mario, you just keep it coming because we all love you for it. In the GM line I would own any one of those fabulous 58's. In the Ford line I would own the Mercury Turn Pike cruiser. In the Plymouth line I would own the Fury in a heart beat. In the Packard line I would own the coupe and in the Studebaker line I would own the Commander coupe. There was a general down turn in production for most cars that year from the previous year, except for Chevrolet and AMC. Cheers.

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Mario on Nov 22, 2023 said:

Thank you George for all your insights and comments. I have to agree I too love all the GM cars for 1958. They were all a one year only design and all had quad headlights for the first time.

The Mercury Turnpike Cruiser is also a favorite of mine. I don't understand why it wasn't a big seller. They were years ahead of their time.

And finally the Plymouth Fury is another favorite of mine too. The 58 was an updated version of the 57 which I always loved. Rare cars today,

Thank you George for your insights and knowledgeable comments all year long. I really appreciate your posts and all your car show pictures. Cheers to my Canadian friend, Mario

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57timemachine on Nov 22, 2023 said:

Mario, I appreciate the kind words. The car shows are all over for the year but there is an indoor classic car and parts meet coming up in early December. I also plan on posting pictures of some of my plastic car models that I built in 70's and very early 80's. Stay tuned. Cheers.

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Mario on Nov 23, 2023 said:

The indoor car show sounds great, George. I hope to see a lot of pictures. December is just around the corner. Your car models post is a nice idea and looking forward to that. Cheers my friend, Mario

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Anonymous on Nov 24, 2023 said:

I'm sure I'm the odd duck here but I have to go with pics 13-16 to honor my grandfather who allowed me to use his 58 Olds 98 to go to school and work. Granted his was a 4 door and wasn't the CHICK MAGNET I had hoped for but it sure beat walking to school and work uphill both ways in snow up to your.. I used to love showing off the hidden gas cap on the Olds. I would tell girls if they could figure out where the gas cap is they would get a kiss. Now not one girl found it. I didn't think it was that hard. Maybe I'm not seeing what they saw.

So Mario 100 pics for the tribute to 1958... Nice work. I give it a 5 star rating.

Well done just like the wife's turkey yesterday. so what if it was turkey jerky, we still counted our blessings. I hope everyone did.

Rob

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Mario on Nov 25, 2023 said:

Thank you Rob for your unique story regarding your 1958 Olds. They were huge cars as well as the other 58 GM cars but very comfortable to drive.

I wonder why none of the girls knew the secret gas cap on your Olds? But it was nice of your Grandfather letting you borrow his car for school.

Cheers to you my friend, Mario

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