THE '58 CORVETTE
While the 1958 Corvettes remained virtually the same underneath as in 1957, their styling was all-new. It included the newly introduced and wildly popular quad headlights, a “washboard” hood with decorative simulated cooling louvers, and a rear deck lid decorated with a pair of chrome trim “tusks,” all following an industry trend that demanded more flamboyant decoration. Lastly, the chrome “teeth” in the front grille itself were reduced from thirteen (as had been the standard in all Corvettes prior to 1958) to only nine.
Within, the dashboard was redesigned, moving all instruments directly ahead of the driver, including the 8000rpm tacho. A grab bar was fitted for the passenger to grip during what Zora Arkus-Duntov would have termed “advanced handling maneuvers.”
The example offered here is finished in one of the most iconic color combinations available in 1958, Pumpkin red with white coves, and white soft top bound in correct vinyl over a red interior with Daytona-weave carpeting, clock, and AM radio. The car has the optional airconditiong as well.
The drivetrain combination is the potent 270-horsepower 283 V-8, with dual quad carburetor and four-speed manual transmission. This is the rarest - and probably the most enjoyable - engine configuration available for '58.
The car arrived in Belgium in 2017 and became part of lovely car collection.
It was meticulously dismantled and rebuilt while trying to retain as much of the originality of the car as possible. As with all high quality restorations, the car remains in superb condition today, displaying a light patina that accentuates its charm, extending to the excellent chrome and stainless trim, brilliant paintwork, and BF Goodridge Silvertown whitewall tires. A correct spare and lug wrench are neatly tucked into the trunk. The car comes with a lovely car cover as well.
Every collection should include a hot late-1950s Corvette, and this car is an outstanding example in the best imaginable colors and drivetrain combination. Here is a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the most interesting versions of this legendary American machine, with its heady mix of excess and sportiness, luxury and power and a 270hp V8 engine that can switch from a gentle purr to an exhilarating roar.
The car currently has Belgian registration.