Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Nobody can argue that General Motors wasn't hitting on all eight cylinders in the 1950s. One brilliant design after another flowed out of their studios, and few are more timeless and widely recognized than the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. With quad headlights, the contrasting side cove, and exquisite detailing throughout, these were more than just America's sports car, they were artwork. This particular C1 has been frame-off restored and tastefully modified with several high-end modern goodies, including a transplanted LS1 V8, a 4-speed automatic transmission, sporty suspension and handling upgrades that have transformed it into something incredibly special. And with just over 5K miles on the build, this droptop resto-mod is ready to dominate for years to come.
Panama Yellow was an awesome color available in 1958, although the blinding bright livery you see on this convertible is a modern take on the shade. They hadn't invented colors quite this vivid and exciting yet in 1958 (it stirred up the demons inside!), and with the contrasting white coves the curb appeal is through the roof. If you're looking for show-quality paint, you've found it, because we've looked very close and haven't been able to find anything to complain about on this high-end, basecoat/clearcoat finish. During the frame-off restoration the builders took the car all the way down to bare bones, smoothed and perfected the livery, and then coated it with gallons of deep, lustrous, white and yellow paint. Fit and finish are excellent throughout, with tight door gaps and smooth panels that don't display the typical Corvette flaws and imperfections and once again, those white side coves really pop. And while some may feel that the details on the 1958 models are excessive (those that do can move along and buy a Honda), including hood louvers and trunk trim that were exclusive to this year, it's also what makes these cars unique and therefore desirable. Of course, there are others who feel that there's no way to make an early Corvette look bad, and all the gorgeous chrome and trim is just part of the wonderful decade of the 1950s. Either way, this is a car that will be the center of attention anywhere it goes.
The black interior was also provided with a very thorough makeover, and with only 5,015 miles on the build, it too is in excellent condition. Few will argue against a yellow-on-black Corvette, and the look is as timeless as the Corvette itself. Despite the limited confines of the 1958 cabin, the builders managed to squeeze in very comfortable leather buckets that actually have some bolsters on the sides (a compliant of the early C1s is that the seats are overly simple and uncomfortable), and they stitched them up with gorgeous leather hides and patterns. Plush black carpets and uniquely sculpted door panels give the interior a highly polished look, while the instrument panel, which was freshly redesigned in 1958, is now filled with elegant modern gauges that keep a close eye on the LS1 under the hood. The leather-wrapped steering wheel closely sticks to the original design - an ornate piece straight out of Art Deco magazine - and the space-age dash features a fresh black pad up top, bright cove ahead of the passenger's seat, and beautiful yellow paint below. A custom aluminum center stack was installed to house the controls for a modern A/C unit that blows ice cold, and just above it a retro-style AM/FM/CD stereo was affixed to power the speakers behind the seats. You've probably already noticed the modern shifter on the transmission hump that manages the 4-speed automatic transmission below, along with the set of Corvette mats on the floors, and out back the trunk was finished with matching carpets. There's also a neat-fitting black convertible top and auxiliary yellow hardtop, making this a very desirable 'Vette that can be driven in all conditions (although shame on you if you take this out in the rain!).
The engine is a fuel-injected 5.7L V8 V8 that was swapped-in and fits in the engine bay like it was designed that way, which shouldn't be a surprise because this C1 was professionally restored top-to-bottom. With a dressed-for-show look, it runs beautifully with upgrades specifically chosen to make it more user-friendly and powerful, with an estimated 401 horsepower at the crank. If you know how light these C1s are, then you know that's an incredible amount of power and a perfect match for this gorgeous droptop. The engine bay was finished to show standards, with bright yellow paint on the firewall and inner fenders, red-and-yellow finish on the valve covers, and that same hot yellow paint on the intake. Underneath, the C4 chassis makes for a thorough upgrade which vastly improves handling, the frame was fortified, and everything was painted and detailed to show standards. You're basically looking at a modern Corvette from underneath (and in the engine bay), and b
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