Snowcrest White over Red Leather
The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the Corvette sports car produced by Chevrolet. It was introduced late in the 1953 model year, and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the “solid-axle” generation, as the independent rear suspension did not appear until the 1963 Sting Ray.
Although the first series cars built from 1953 to 1955 introduced the Corvette to America, it was the second series, which made its debut in 1956, that truly earned the title of America’s Sports Car. The clean good looks of Harley Earl’s new body design struck a chord with the American public, and it quickly outsold the older style by a margin of three to one. In addition, Zora Arkus-Duntov and Chevrolet Engineering had dramatically altered the personality of Chevrolet’s sports car with a new focus on performance, a growing range of powerful small block V-8 engines, and improved handling.
For 1958, the Corvette featured greater comfort, and its appearance was slightly revised by Harley Earl with 1958-only touches, including a louvered washboard hood treatment and twin chrome deck lid strips, which were consistent with the styling trends of the era. Performance continued to be emphasized, of course, and the high-revving 230hp, 283ci V-8 engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission ensured that the Corvette was highly competitive on both the street and the race track, with quarter-mile times in the 15-second range. Not surprisingly, Corvettes from this year are among the most collectible models to this day.
This Snowcrest White example, with its pure color offset and attractive red matching interior, is one of 2,477 Corvettes produced in 1958. All around, it displays excellent chrome. The interior is also in excellent condition, and it is complemented by a white vinyl soft top. For practical purposes, a Vintage Air air-conditioning unit has been installed, and the car is also equipped with an AM/FM radio. This stunning example would be a great addition to any Corvette or American Muscle collection.