Production Numbers: 9,168
Color Combinations: Silver, Panama Yellow, Black, Regal Turquoise, Snowcrest White, Charcoal, Signet Red, Silver Blue
Engine Type: 283 cu in (4.6 L) Small-block V8
Transmission: 3-speed close-ratio Synchro Mesh, 4-speed close-ratio Synchro Mesh, Powerglide special automatic transmission
Additional Stats: New interior, quad-headlight body, fake louvers on the hood, chrome strips on the trunk lid, nine teeth in the grille instead of thirteen.
The 1958 Corvette was about adapting to the time, leaving behind the early fifties look the first few Corvettes boasted and implementing the chrome look of the incoming sixties. This also meant adding four exposed headlights and more prominent grilles to the vehicle’s design. The overall technology, particularly the one of the interior instruments and dashboard, was updated and refined. A tachometer was finally added to the driver’s dashboard and the panel covered in vinyl.
The 1958 Corvette built on the legacy of its predecessors, delivering the best sales year of the Corvette line until then, outselling its previous year by almost three thousand units. The engine, a 283 cu in (4.6 L) Small-block V8, was the world’s first mass-built engine with that much power for its size, ranging up to 290 horsepower. The enhanced performance and the memorable design of the 1958 Corvette led to the brand’s nacient status as America’s sports car becoming more of a reality. In subsequent years, Corvette models would only build even more on this exemplary model and improve upon the soon to be iconic name.
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