Of the many Corvettes that will be offered at Dana Mecum’s Indianapolis sale next week, this 1958 Corvette stands in a class all its own.
Two things were going on back in 1958 when this Corvette was made. First the redesigned 1958 Corvette wore more chrome than any another Corvette that came before and secondly, it was Chevrolet’s 50th Anniversary.
To commemorate Chevrolet’s Golden Anniversary, a 1958 Corvette roadster was pulled from the production line and painted a special one-of-one “Anniversary Gold”. That Corvette would be designated as Chevrolet’s 39,000,000 vehicle produced.
The Golden Anniversary Corvette was sent to a suburb of St. Louis to celebrate the dedication of Chevrolet’s Major Supply Depot in Hazelwood, MO. From there it appears it was sent to Barford Chevrolet in Clayton, MO where it was sold. Ironically, the buyer intended to race the car but was talked out of it by a friend who said it was too special. That friend ended up buying the car in 1959 and held onto it until it was traded in for a 1978 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car.
The dealer who took the car on trade has kept it for all these years, though most of its time was spent in storage. The car received the Bloomington Gold Historic Award in 2003 and was featured in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 2005 and the Special Collection Grand Finale in 2009.
Appearing for sale at Mecum’s Indy sale on Saturday as Lot #S115, the Golden Anniversary Corvette has a fuel injected 283/250 V8 with a 4-speed manual transmission and a “Day Two” solid lifter cam. The documented car is mostly original mechanically but has had a repaint, along with the addition of new carpet, seat covers and a soft top.
Mecum’s Indianapolis sale begins on May 12th and runs through May 16th. The auction will be televised Thursday-Sunday on the NBC Sports Network. See. www.mecum.com for auction details.
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