Back in 2012, a video from Hemmings TV introduced us to Tony Meehan and his souped-up 1958 Corvette that was originally owned by his late father. It was a nice story about being able to restore and then drive a car that his father used to own.
Fast forward to December 2015 and browsing our local Tampa Bay craigslist for Corvettes, we found Tony’s distinctive white 1958 Corvette drag car for sale.
Tony’s dad had bought the 1958 Corvette fuelie new and did a little street racing here and there in the late 1950s and early sixties. Tony says the fuelie unit was swapped out for carburetors and then it was changed over to a blower setup to compete in the NHRA gas classes.
Eventually, the Corvette was sold and his dad, who ran a garage, continued to build other big-block Chevrolets. In the early ’80s, Tony’s dad bought the car back and put into the garage until he was ready to return it back to the way it was.
Tony and his dad set about restoring the car and process took about five years, but unfortunately Tony’s dad passed away before the car was completed.
Tony says it’s a “really cool car to drive. Running down the street, you stop at a traffic light, people have to take a double take when they hear it coming and they look at you and ask, ‘What is that?’ You get thumbs up from everybody you drive by.”
At the time of the Hemmings video, Tony said he would never sell the car:
“This is one of those cars that’s gonna be a tribute to my dad,” Tony says. “I’ll never sell it. People have asked me how much I want for it – it’s not for sale. It’ll be handed down to my son, and hopefully my son will be able to keep it and give it to his son. It’ll be one of those things that stay in the family to keep the memory of my dad alive.”
The craigslist ad for the 1958 states the following:
1958 Chevy Corvette, 460 miles since frame off resto done 20 years ago, has hard top that needs resto, factory hood that needs paint, 350 motor with blower, paint is in good shape, 20 year old frame off resto has been in storage, runs and drives great, front tow bar, 4 spd t10 transmission, extra complete rear end with 4:56 gears, power windows, top is brand new, everything works, have video of it running and driving, same family for years, any questions please call, Exclusive Motors 9805 N. Nebraska Ave Tampa FL 33612, 727-697-7541
Here was that video from Hemmings TV on Tony’s 1958 Corvette: