Many Parts Included: 1958 Chevrolet Corvette

When this 1958 Corvette was a new car finished in its original Silver Blue and Silver paint combination, it must have been a pretty stunning car. Today, it is a shadow of that former car, but there is no reason why it couldn’t be returned to its former glory. If you would like to take on that challenge, you will find the Corvette located in Carbondale, Colorado, and listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN price of $41,500 for the Corvette, but there is the option available to make an offer. It probably isn’t any great surprise that this is a car that has generated some interest since it was listed, and there are currently 72 people watching the auction.

In spite of its somewhat tatty appearance, there seems to be a reasonable amount of good news surrounding the Corvette. The car is said to be solid, and the frame only has a light coating of surface corrosion. The original paint is starting to peek through in quite a few spots, so it is going to require some work to whip that side of things back into shape. The Corvette was optioned with both a power soft-top and a hardtop. While the soft-top is complete and looks to be in reasonable condition, the power mechanism is well and truly gone. The hardtop is also present, and this does look to be in very good condition. The car also comes with an array of parts for the new owner to commence the restoration process, and you will find photos of these parts at the bottom of the article.

The interior of the Corvette is largely complete, but it will require restoration. As well as the power top, the car was also optioned with power windows, which are still present. As with the body, there are a number of interior trim items included with the car. While some of these items appear to be second-hand, many of them do appear to be new pieces.

Unfortunately, the Corvette isn’t a numbers-matching car. When it rolled off the line, it was equipped with a 283ci V8 and an automatic transmission. The front half of the transmission is numbers-matching, as is the rear end. The engine is a combination of a 350 block with the original 283 heads and exhaust manifolds. The car does run and drive, which is a pretty good start. Included with the vehicle is a correct date-coded 283 block, with a matching crank, conrods, and intake. Once again, you will find pictures at the bottom of the article. Interestingly, the owner also strongly suggests that any prospective buyers take the trouble to have the car inspected before they buy it, so they know exactly what they are getting for their money.

I have to take my hat off to the owner of this Corvette because he seems to be very honest and open about what he has here. As project cars go, on the surface, this doesn’t appear to be a bad one. It has the potential to be a pretty stunning car once restored, and I have to wonder whether one of our Barn Finds readers is going to be willing to take it on.

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Comments

  1. OhU8one2

    If I owned this Vette, it would have to go back to original colors. Silver Blue with silver coves. You hardly ever see that combo. Besides the value would go up,and judging points would be higher, I think. Plus with all that chrome trim, and wide white wall’s. Stunning……….

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  2. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Looks fairly complete but what’s going on with the hood? Is there trim missing (Not that familiar with this year) from the hood or is there holes in it around the loovers? Same with the headlight area on both sides, can’t tell if that’s scraping or if the body is damaged.

    It’s got potential but not without a price to go along with it.

    • gbvette62

      I don’t know what’s going on with the holes in the hood, but they don’t belong there. They must be some sort of modification done by a previous owner.

      58’s are sort of like 63 split windows, in that most people either love them or hate them, because of the “washboard” hood and the chrome trunk irons. This car is a base 283/230 horse, Powerglide, with power windows and both tops. Apparently it also had the optional power assist for the soft top originally, but unfortunately it’s now gone.

      It looks like it could be a nice project car for someone, but like most projects, you can buy the same car finished, for less than it will cost to buy and restore this one. A friend of mine just sold a restored base motor, Powerglide, two top 58, NCRS Top Flight and AACA Senior award winner, for $65,000. If you have to pay someone to do the paint, body and interior in this car, it will cost $20,000+, without getting into engine rebuilds, chrome, etc. The extra parts are a plus, but it’s still hard to come out ahead on most project cars, which is okay as long as buyers understand this.

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  3. Bing

    I agree with vette62. I bought a roller, 34 roadster, body and frame. $65K later I have a wonderful 60’s style hot rod… but, you can find them on e bay or Hemmings for 20K less. In the last ten years, cars like this 58, have easily doubled in price given the condition. Ten years ago I bought a 60 Vette, for 30K, I have put in another 15K over the years, and I could sell it and make money. It is just about impossible to come out on the ones that need a lot of work, even if you are able to do a lot of it yourself. Still, cars like this sell for high dollars on e bay, all the time.

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  4. 71FXSuperGlide

    Powerglide with a power top…ordered for someone’s wife I wonder?

    Those power pack heads must make for an interesting combo on the 350 bottom half.

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  5. Bing

    I once bought a 327 rebuilt block and it had 265 heads on it. Guy said that was not unusual for guys that wanted a lot of low end torque for the strip or street.
    I switched them out for a set of double hump heads but I wonder if any of you have ever heard of this?

  6. Maestro1

    I’m not a Corvette fan but this car has loads of potential. It will also be an expensive restoration. If i had the room I would do it anyway and simply enjoy owning it.

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  7. Bob McK Member

    This could be one beautiful car. Well worth the effort to restore it.

  8. TJohnson

    I like this car a lot, but not for $41k. But what do I know…. She’s already gone!

  9. H5mind

    A friend did a checkbook restoration on a non-original ’58 and he said he had $90k in it. Ended up selling it for half that price when his hip would no longer allow easy entry and exit. Exactly one fellow, the buyer, came to look at it. This was only five or six years ago. Sounds crazy, but who said love was logical?

  10. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD – Someone hit the BIN button.

  11. Bob

    Very uncomfortable cars to drive, plus they have the ancient front ends in them.

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