Snowcrest White w/Silver Coves & Red interior, 283/270hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
In the lexicon of classic automobiles, the Corvette is considered by most, an icon. It pretty much became one in ’55, when engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov placed a small block V-8 between the frame rails under the hood. Since then, (various bumps in the road notwithstanding) the performance and engineering of Corvette has continued to evolve to the point where we are finally going to see a mid-engine Corvette in 2020! And it shuld prove to be the most powerful Corvette ever built!
But, looking back over the decades there are certain year Corvettes that just seem to shine a bit brighter than some others. One of those is the ’58. The ’58 was a milestone Corvette for a number of reasons. It was longer, wider and roomier than its predecessor. It featured quad headlights for the first time. And because ’58 was the peak of the “Gingerbread” era, the Corvette had to have its share. So, along with the big toothed chrome “teeth” in the grille, two chrome spears adorned the trunk along with a simulated louvered hood. It embodied everything we loved about the ’50’s!
As the era came to a close, maybe it all was just too much of a good thing, because the general public wasn’t that taken with all of the stuff. As a result, the following year, the trunk spears and louvered hood were gone. But, as often happens, time has a way of making certain missteps look like excellent ideas. In hindsight, now the ’58 Corvette is considered one of the most coveted and collectible Corvettes ever designed!
The fine, 3 owner example presented here was purchased from the 2nd owner, who had it in his collection since ’62! The 3rd owner (a ’58 Corvette expert) then did a complete, nut and bolt frame-off restoration over a 5 year period, finally finishing the car in ’18. It features a correct 283/270hp, dual quad V8 under its louvered hood mated to a 4-spd. manual transmission. This is generally considered one of the best drivetrains offered during this period. The car is absolutely stunning from top to bottom and would be a fitting addition to any discriminating Corvette collector’s garage.