Chevrolet Yeoman

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Chevrolet Yeoman
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman 2Door (cropped).jpg
1958 Chevrolet Yeoman 2-door station wagon
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet (General Motors)
Model years 1958
Assembly Oakland Assembly, Oakland, California
North Tarrytown Assembly, Tarrytown, New York
Flint Assembly, Flint, Michigan
Norwood Assembly, Norwood, Ohio
St. Louis Assembly, St. Louis, Missouri
Arlington Assembly, Arlington, Texas
Oshawa Assembly, Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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 B platform
Related 1958 Chevrolet Delray (especially sedan delivery)
1958 Chevrolet Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air
1958 Chevrolet Impala
1958 Chevrolet Brookwood
1958 Chevrolet Nomad
Powertrain
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.
Dimensions
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 lb (1,676 kg)
4-door 3,743 lb (1,698 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor 1957 Chevrolet One-Fifty 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.

Design[edit]

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, sales increased and overtook Ford, which held the top position in 1957) and the Bel Air the most popular Chevrolet model. The Nomad station wagon name also reappeared in 1958 when the vehicle became as the premium four-door Chevrolet station wagon, rather than the two-door designs 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] The Delray-based Yeoman was the lowest version and featured minimal interior and exterior trim and limited options.

Safety[edit]

1958 Chevrolet brochure wagon body cutaway

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. [3] This design was later criticized as providing less protection in the event of a side impact collision, but would persevere until 1965.[4]

Engines[edit]

  • 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[5] of these were 2-door model Yeoman (not counting Delray Sedan Delivery), Chevrolet’s entry-level wagon.

The Yeoman was dropped (along with the Delray) at the end of 1958. For 1959, Chevrolet's Brookwood would now offer a 2-door wagon and become the lowest priced station wagon.

Chevrolet's two other wagon lines, the mid-range Brookwood and top-trimed Nomad were available only as 4-door wagons for 1958.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory 1958 Chevrolet Owners Manual". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  2. ^ "1958 Chevrolet (USA) Yeoman Wagon full range specs". Automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1958_Chevrolet/1958_Chevrolet_Wagons". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  4. ^ Auto Editors of Consumer Guide (2007-08-19). "1958 Chevrolet One-Fifty". Auto.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  5. ^ "1958 Chevrolet Brookwood". Oldride.com. Retrieved 2015-12-16.