1958 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan (RHD)
|Gearbox||3-speed automatic (see text)|
|Colour||Pearl White & Burgundy|
|Interior||Pearl White & Burgundy|
|Brakes||Disc/Drum (see text)|
Chevrolet’s 1958 model range adopted an all-new “Safety Girder” chassis frame along with significant engineering revisions and completely fresh styling. Longer, lower and wider than the previous ’57 Chevrolets, the new look started with quad headlamps and was, with the usual range of two and four door sedans, station wagons and hardtop coupes offered. There were three distinct lines available in 1958 – starting with the entry level Del Ray 1200 Series, the mid-range Biscayne 1600 Series and the upmarket Bel Air 1800 Series. Replacing the popular mid-level 210 series, the new Biscayne rode on a 117-inch wheelbase, boasting additional brightwork and more upmarket interior trim. Sold with a wide variety of six-cylinder and V8 powerplants, Chevrolet’s fabulous 283-cid small-block unit, rated at 185 horsepower at 4200 rpm, proved a popular choice with customers. Optional units included the Super Turbo Fire V8 rated at 230 horses, the Ram-Jet Fuel Injected version of the same (rated at 250 horsepower), and two big block 348-cid units (the 250 hp Turbo Thrust unit and most powerful Fuel Injected Super Turbo Thrust V8 rated at 315 hp), along with a choice of three-speed manual, two-speed Powerglide or Turbo Glide automatics. In its debut year, Chevrolet managed to shift 377,000 Biscaynes, helping the Bow Tie regain top spot in the sales race from Ford and a small number of these cars made their way to Australia when new, produced in Canada in right-hand drive configuration and assembled by GM-H locally. Billed as “The Most Glorious Experience of Your Motoring Life… It’s Longer! It’s Lower! It’s Lovlier by Far!”, all ‘58 Chevs sold in Australia came from the Oshawa plant with six-cylinder power and manual tranmissions.