Mostly unrestored 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette was purchased by the prior owner in 1972. It was on a new car dealers lot in Missouri. That owner brought the car back to his home in Georgetown, Ms. where it was garaged until Harold purchased it in 2019. The prior owner was over 90 years old at the time of purchase and has since passed.
The Corvette was one of 9168 built in 1958. The Serial Number is J58S108089. The mileage (thought to be correct) shows 107000+/- miles. The car had sat up for sometime prior to this purchase. Harold did some work to get it back running well again and this included a new exhaust from the manifolds back; rebuild of the carburetor; new brake shoes, wheel cylinders and brake lines; new fuel tank and fuel lines; all fluids were changed; and new seat covers, cushions and carpet installed (Al Knoch); and about $2000 worth of new chrome on the front of the car.. The car cranks, starts, drives, shifts and stops very well. It is a good driver.
Other than the items listed above the car is pretty much original. The car started out as a blue car (Royal Turquoise?) and was painted an unknown number of years ago. The white paint is nice.
The car does not have the original engine. We think this 283 is of 1959 vintage. It runs very well. Little is known about the Powerglide two speed automatic transmission other than it is smooth and shifts very well. The car is easy to drive. The car has both hard top and the convertible top frame. The canvas off the convertible is gone but the frame is serviceable. All of the lights work. The tach needs a drive cable; the speedometer works. The chrome on the car is acceptable considering it is over 60 years old. The entire bottom of the car has 60+ years worth of road grime but no rust as the photos show.
These C1 first generation Corvettes are in demand. Mostly unrestored examples like this are even more rare.