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AJ's Car of the Day 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
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Car: Chevrolet Corvette

Year: 1958

What makes it special: Originally restyled in 1956 to include the famous side cove, none other than GM head honcho Harley Earl himself restyled the car for 1958. For that year only, features such as hood louvers and chrome trunk spears and a 9-tooth grille treatment were available. The 1958 model year began the exposed four-headlamp treatment that would continue through 1962, but rear chrome trunk spears were unique to 1958.

What made it famous: For the 1958 model only, an 8000 rpm tachometer was used rather than the 6000 rpm units.Optional engine choices included two with twin carburetors, including a 270 hp model with Carter 2613 and 2614 WCFB 4-barrels carburetors, and two with fuel injection. Power output for the highest rated fuel-injected engine was 290 hp. Also, for the first time, seat belts were factory-installed rather than being dealer-installed as on previous models. Rare options were RPO 684 heavy-duty brakes and suspension, RPO 579 250 hp engine, and 15 by 5.5 in wheels.

Why I would want one: I've always been a fan of the four-headlight C-1 Corvette models, love to have the fuel-injected V8 option, and the trunk-mounted chrome spears just give the sporty Corvette an extra classy look.

Fun fact: The 1953 through 1962 C-1 Corvette are commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the famed independent rear suspension did not appear until the 1963 Sting Ray.

( 1958 Chevrolet Corvette photo from conceptcarz.com )

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