A Rare 1958 Chevrolet Corvette To Brighten Your Day

Aug 9, 2019 2 min read
A Rare 1958 Chevrolet Corvette To Brighten Your Day

Only 455 models in this configuration were built.

Ideal Classic Cars is excited to announce this rare 1958 Chevrolet Corvette for your consideration. This convertible is dressed in a gleaming Panama Yellow paint that shines from every angle and in any lighting. It also has the auxiliary hardtop in the matching pale-yellow hue. So, let your hair down on those beautiful days and enjoy the full experience. The show-quality black leather interior is tidy and provides a nice contrast to the exterior color. The sale ad states that just 455 of these models were produced, so who knows how many are left and in such immaculate condition as this example.

This ’58 Corvette was treated to a full frame-off restoration approximately three years ago, and it shows. Even the undercarriage is in great condition. Pop the hood and you’ll find a pristine engine bay that houses the 283 cubic-inch V8 motor with the correct dual four-barrel carburetors. It is mated to a Borg-Warner T10 four-speed transmission to produce a satisfying 270 horsepower.

The C1 Corvette saw another styling update for the 1958 model year that was fairly significant. The single headlight design was replaced with dual headlights at both corners. Below that, large chrome-lined air inlets were added. The scalloped sides for 1958 now included outlet vents from the front wheels. Two brilliant chrome strips ran the length of the hood, splitting each pair of headlights for a small yet eye-catching change. What’s more, the hood also featured horizontal covered louvers that have been called the “washboard hood.” This particular styling cue was only found on the 1958 Corvette models.

The cabin of the ‘58s also saw some nice updates from the modest dual-cowl approach. The new dash embraced a more dramatic look with a center stack for the analog clock, radio, and additional controls. The upgraded instrument panel housed a tachometer that was relocated directly in front of the driver. For the 270-horsepower (and 290hp) models such as this example, that tachometer went up to 8,000 rpm; the standard tach only reached 6,000 rpm.

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