1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Suddenly obsolete, Polo White was booted from the Corvette order sheet to make room for Snowcrest White. Other fun colors on the 'Vette palette included Regal Turquoise, Signet Red, and the relatively unloved Panama Yellow, the least popular 1958 color after silver.
For consignment one of only a mere 9,158 total cars produced in 1958, this Chevrolet Corvette is presenting in the newly named Snowcrest White with Inca Silver accenting. She's had the eye of the current consigner who saw the car in a barn first next to the old Brinton Lodge restaurant while driving by for several years in his own 1960 Corvette. Fast forward 28 years, and low and behold this same car was for sale, however the interested for years consigner, did not have the funds. The car stayed local though, as our dreamer would catch glimpses of the car now and again. Finally, in 2017 a friend informed him there was a 1958 Corvette for sale, and low and behold it was the Brinton Lodge barn Corvette! The money exchanged and the rest is history. Turns out an owner of the Brinton Lodge was named Corvatta, so he had a “C” embroidered in the trunk carpet, so mystery solved.
Plenty of nice aged patina Snowcrest White paint adorns this car and shows some cracking and crazing, and wear, but fiberglass remains intact. We can see it was a respray due to the overspray on the underside on the frame and suspension. Badging and bumpers are looking good with little dimpling, and mostly shiny chrome. The Corvette cove with a trio of short trim spears shows in the Inca silver, and is nicely bordered from the white with chromed trim. The dual headlights front the car and flank a chromed perma-smile toothy grille, and small curved bumpers rounding off at either front quarter flanking the grille. The back of this car is the highlight with the in fender long oval taillights, rounded trunk gap and lid, dual curvaceous bumpers starting at the license plate and working their way to the side rear quarters, with inset exhaust. This car comes complete with a silver hard top, with good glass, and shiny trimmings, although the paint has seen better days. Removing this top, and we note an aged white canvas top with no tears, just dirty, and sporting a yellowed rear plastic window. It moves up and down smoothly and is a bit tight due to its age. Wide white sidewalls adorn thin bias ply tires complete with spinner knockoff hubs which are on all 4 corners.
Not readily seen are dual bomber style buckets in blue vinyl tuck and roll, which fit nicely into the metal surrounding cove carved into the rear deck of the car. In the center is a convenient vertical storage area which melts into the central hump, which is covered in aged white carpet, with blue stitched edging. This works its way forward where it widens for the Hurst gear shift lever, and ashtray, and continues forward, ultimately to mesh with the dash and a blue vertical panel. This panel houses the clock, some temp and airflow control knobs and a Wonderbar AM radio. It is painted dark blue and shows some crazing and slight peeling. For the dash a nice arched cowl in front of the drilled steering wheel, houses the speedometer, and has below 5 rounded insets for a central tachometer, and other gauges. The paint on the dash has chipping and wear but appears mostly original. The passenger side has a curved horizontal inset, with a vinyl padded “jesus” bar to ease the passenger's nerves in those tight corners. White carpet covers the floors and does have areas of wear and slight soiling. Door panels have some wear on the dark blue vinyl, but present overall nicely for this original surviving interior.
Opening the forward hinged hood, we are greeted by a 327ci V8, stamped circa 1967. It has a shiny air cleaner atop and a 4-barrel carburetor underneath. Also chromed valve covers are adding some excitement to either side. A 4-speed manual transmission is on back.
The underside X frame shows with patina but very little surface rust. It is structurally sound on the rocker mounts, and upfront independent coil springs are on, and in back, leaf springs. Drum brakes are the norm for the time also on all 4 corners.
She fired right up, and I squeezed on in and eventually found the sweet spot for the bomber seats and was off to the test track. Here it had nice performance, smooth shifting, and cornering from 1958 technology as expected. It cruised at highway speeds effortlessly although a lot of wind had to be endured, but this is expected with a convertible! I noticed the radio was not operating, as well as the heater blower, which was disconnected, and the wipers and horn were nonfunctioning.
We could refer to this as a survivor, as it only has one respray, original tops, nice patina for the exterior, and overall sexy design. A newer V8, and snazzy interior, we have an example of the early years when Chevrolet was making a niche for this sports car and was still going of age with performance. Fiberglass is good, and structurally it is sound. A definite throwback to 1958 in mostly original form.
S-St Louis, MO Assy Plant
108211-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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