Regal Turquoise w/Charcoal interior, 283/230ho, 4-spd. transmission.
Every Corvette fan has their favorite year or generation. And with over 65 years over Corvettes, there certainly is plenty to choose from. But milestone years tend to be the most popular. There is of course the ’53. The beginning of the legend is always significant. The ’57 is also a real popular choice. That year marked the end of sorts for that particular body style. There were actually four different body changes for the C1. From ’53-’55, ’56-’57, ’58-’60 and ’61-’62. During this time span, the cars transitioned from a Roadster to an actual Convertible with roll-up windows.
Subsequent years saw Corvette grow wider and longer, add a couple of headlights, more cubic inches along with more horsepower and more gears to shift . . . until finally, Corvette hit a peak so to speak in 1958. The year of “Gingerbread”. This was the Jet-age. Wings here, tall fins there, chrome everywhere! And Corvette was not immune to this “treatment”.
In ’58 everything was just a bit over the top. This was the first year for dual headlights. The car was also longer and wider than the previous year. The hood featured a simulated louvered hood and two chrome trunk spears out back. The look was polarizing at first. You either loved it or hated it. But, it’s said time heals all wounds. And as the years went by, more people started to appreciate the “Gingerbread” that adorned the ’58 Corvette. As a result, time has been good to this year Corvette and the desirability factor has increased, so have the values and along with the fact that there were only a bit over 9k ’58’s built, it is getting harder and harder to find ’58’s in general to sell, let along outstanding examples like the one presented here . . .
We really lucked out with this one! We acquired this ’58 from a very discriminating collector in the mid-west. He commissioned the complete, frame-off, nut and bolt restoration, which was performed by well-known Corvette restorer Werner Meier. It was completed in September of 2015 at a cost of over $110k (plus the car). The result is absolutely stunning, as you can see!
The rare Regal Turquoise paint glows in the sun and it’s perfectly complemented by contrasting White coves and soft top along with a beautiful Charcoal interior. It’s powered by a 283 with a single Carter carb for rock solid reliability and a 4-spd. (the original 3-spd. comes with) for excellent drivability! The car is a dream to drive. Options include; Two-Tone paint, Whitewall ties, rare power windows, am radio and heater.
The casting # is 3737739, which is a correct 283 c.i. block. The stamp is F1204CQ, which translates to an engine build date of December 4th 1957. This corresponds with the build of the car itself which was around the second week of January ’58 as evidenced in the V.I.N.
There was very little in the way of factory documentation back in ’58. This was years before Protect-O-Plates and Tank Stickers. This particular ’58 does not have any factory docs, nor do we have complete owner history. However, there are receipts for the restoration work done, which will go with the car when is sells.
Any restorer with a bit of experience can make a car look beautiful, but making it run and drive well is often another story all together! Here at Corvette Mike, our service technicians have spent countless hours “finessing” cars that have been brought to our shop after being restored by others, because they just wouldn’t run properly. But, having personally driven this ‘58, I can tell you unequivocally, that it is one of the nicest running and driving Solid Axle’s we’ve ever had in inventory! Not to mention one of the most beautiful. The engine starts instantly and runs strong. The transmission shifts smoothly, the car stops straight and the steering is so well balanced, you would swear it was power assisted (but is isn’t)! This is a Corvette that you can drive anywhere with confidence! All it needs is a caring new owner to enjoy it!
This is the Corvette of your dreams. Make it a reality today!