Chevrolet Yeoman

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Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman 2-door station wagon
Manufacturer Chevrolet Division
of General Motors
Production 2-door Yeoman 16,590
4-door wagon (all models) 256,182
Model years 1958
Designer Clare MacKichan's
Design Team
Body and chassis
Class Full-size
Body style 2-door wagon
4-door wagon
Layout FR layout
Platform GM A Body
Related 1958 Chevrolet Delray (especially sedan delivery)
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
Engine 235 cu in (3.9 L) Blue Flame I6
283 cu in (4.6 L) Turbo Fire V8
348 cu in (5.7 L) W-series Turbo Thrust V8
Transmission 3-speed (close-ratio) manual
3-speed overdrive manual
Turboglide auto.
2-speed Powerglide auto.
Wheelbase 117.5 in (2,980 mm)
Length 209.1 in (5,310 mm)
Width 77.7 in (1,970 mm)
Curb weight 2-door 3,696 pounds (1,676 kg)
4-door 3,743 pounds (1,698 kg)
Predecessor 1957 Chevrolet 210 2-Door & 4-Door Wagons
Successor 1959 Chevrolet Brookwood 2-Door & 4-Door Wagons

The Chevrolet Yeoman was a station wagon produced by Chevrolet for the 1958 model year. The Yeoman was available in two models, a two-door and a four-door, both with six passenger seating capacity. Based on the Delray passenger car series, the Yeoman represented the entry-level selections in the 1958 Chevrolet station wagon lineup, which also included the Brookwood and the Nomad. Either an inline six-cylinder or V8 engine could be installed.


For 1958, Chevrolet models were redesigned longer, lower, and heavier than their 1957 predecessors. The first ever production Chevrolet big block V8, the 348 cu in (5,700 cc), was now an option. 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 wagon's housed single tail lights instead of dual (triple on Impala) to accommodate the tailgate. Despite being a recession year, consumers made Chevrolet the No. 1 make of automobile (beating Ford, which held the title in 1957) and the Bel Air was at the core of Chevrolet's popularity. With its wide variety of body styles and models, Bel Airs could be optioned with almost every conceivable luxury within the Chevrolet line. The Nomad station wagon name also reappeared in 1958 when the vehicle bowed as the premium four-door Chevrolet station wagon, lacking the unique styling of the 1955-57 Nomads. Most Chevrolet station wagon models had two tail lights housed in abbreviated alcoves, which were made smaller to accommodate the rear gate. A new dash was used.[1]The value of a drag coefficient for 1958 Chevy wagons is estimated by a-c, is Cd = 0.6. [2]Befitting its bottom-end status, the Delray based Yeoman had minimal interior and exterior trim and limited options.


Buyers could order any engine and transmission choice, including the 348 V8 and the fuel-injected 283 V8 engines.

  • 235 cu in (3.9 L) Blue Flame straight six
  • 283 cu in (4.6 L) 195 bhp (145 kW; 198 PS) to 220 bhp (164 kW; 223 PS) Turbo Fire small block V8
  • 348 cu in (5.7 L) 250 bhp (186 kW; 253 PS) to 350 bhp (261 kW; 355 PS) W-series Turbo Thrust big block V8


2 Door Wagons[edit]

Chevrolet Yeoman (rear)

Of the 187,000 1958 Chevrolet wagons built, only 16,590[3] of these were 2-Door models available only as the Yeoman (not counting Delray Sedan Delivery), Chevrolet’s entry-level wagon. Chevrolet's two other wagon lines , the mid range Brookwood and top of the line Nomad were available only as 4-door wagons for 1958. As with most other cars, these 2-doors are preferred by hotrodders and collectors over their 4-door counterparts.[4]  


1958 Chevrolet brochure wagon body cutaway

Like the rest of Chevrolet's 1958 full size car line up, the Yeoman featured Chevrolet's new "Safety-Girder" cruciform frame. Similar in layout to the frame adopted for the 1957 Cadillac, it featured box-section side rails and a boxed front cross member that bowed under the engine, these "x-frames" were used on other 1958 to 1964 Chevys, as well as Cadillac. The rear was tied together by a channel-section cross member. [5] This design was later criticized as providing less protection in the event of a side impact collision, but would persevere until 1965. [6]  

1958 Only[edit]

The Yeoman was dropped (along with the Delray) at the end of 1958, effectively making it a one-year wonder. For 1959, Chevrolet's Brookwood would now offer a 2-door wagon and get bumped down to become the cheapest station wagons.

In Pop Culture[edit]

A 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman 2-door wagon police car can be seen in the Route 66 TV Series first season finale, episode 1.30, which originally aired June 16, 1961.[7]

1958 Chevrolet Yeoman 4-door Wagon Police Car
4-door version, a restoration candidate