Some “by-the-book” enthusiasts think it’s a crime to turn a classic Corvette like this 1958 convertible into a resto-mod.
They think it should be restored to the way it was when it left the factory in St. Louis some 60 years ago. Others don’t mind straying off the beaten path if it will lead to a better performing Corvette.
The seller of this car – claimed to be originally a blue car with blue interior – thinks this Corvette could go either direction – “PERFECT FOR RESTO MOD OR RESTORE TO STOCK,” as he shouts in his ad on eBay.
We’re not sure we’d pay the “Buy It Now” price of $28,500, but we would think there’s likely some room for negotiation in there.
On the negative side, or the positive side, depending on how you look at it, the car has no motor or transmission – meaning it won’t be a numbers-match beauty if you restore to stock. But on the other hand, that way you wouldn’t feel guilty about a big horsepower upgrade.
Likewise, the body has been stripped to bare fiberglass, and the seller notes that there has been “LOTS OF PREVIOUS REPAIR. MOST DONE CORRECTLY BUT SOME AREAS WILL NEED FURTHER ATTENTION.” He adds later in the ad: “THIS IS NOT!!! A PERFECT BODY AND IT WILL REQUIRE A SKILLED BODY MAN TO GET IT READY FOR PAINT.”
The frame, described as “rusty,” would require some inspection by an expert to make sure it’s not TOO rusty, but the car overall is described as a “ROLLING BODY” with “2 DOORS, DECK LID, TRUNK, AND AN ORIGINAL 58 HOOD THAT HAS HAD THE WASH BOARD REMOVED.”
The car also has a complete GM windshield frame with left and right chrome door posts, steering column, gauge cluster (from a 62 Vette), front and rear bumpers, original GM convertible top frame, 14-inch steel wheels with wide white wall tires, complete grille frame with bar and teeth, top fender spears, and all side cove trim.
While many of the original parts seem to be there, anyone serious about buying this car would be wise to get a consultation from an expert who has “been there, done that” to make sure even though the parts are there, they still need to be replaced so it’s not a money pit waiting to happen.
Still, we’re glad to see a neglected and forlorn 60-year-old Corvette have a chance to come back from the dead and turn into a beautiful example of a C1.
As the seller notes: “DONT MISS THIS CHANCE TO OWN A REAL 58 CORVETTE.”
What’s your take?