1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, Delray, and Biscayne

1958 Chevrolet Delray
The entry-level 1958 Chevrolet Delray
still offered style to spare.

The 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1958 Chevrolet Delray and 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne actually were better as well as bigger, if leaning more toward luxury than roadability. "Look Ma, no fins" could have been a slogan, as other makes heeded a trend toward wild rear ends.

Quad headlights followed yet another fashion. The "low, thrusting silhouette" was nine inches longer and five inches lower, on a wheelbase stretched 2.5 inches. As might be expected, the '58s were also heavier -- by 200 to 300 pounds.

A three-model Delray series displaced the One-Fifty, and Biscayne sedans edged aside the Two-Ten, while Bel Air/Impala topped the line. Nomads were now ordinary four-doors, so the only two-door wagon was the bottom-line Yeoman. Shoppers had five wagons to choose from.

Enlarged liftgates hinged into the roof and raised out of the way. Sedans featured slim door-pillar styling, and even a Delray wore plenty of brightwork. Newly optional Level-Air suspension was patterned after Cadillac's, with a rubber bellows at each wheel. Expensive and unreliable, it proved a short-lived fad.

For the first time, full-size cars could have a bigger, more potent engine than Corvettes. A low-budget Delray might carry the top 348 cubic inch big-block, or even a 283 fuelie. Styling cycles normally went three years, but the tasteful '58 body lasted only one season.

1958 Chevrolet Delray
The 1958 Chevrolet Delray featured
dual exhausts and twin taillights.

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, Delray, and Biscayne Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Delray

3,156-3,442

$2,013-$2,262

178,000 (approx.)

Biscayne

3,404-3,450

$2,236-$2,397

100,000 (approx.)

Bel Air

3,424-3,514

$2,386-$2,618

592,000 (approx.)

Station Wagon

3,693-3,839

$2,413-$2,835

187,063

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