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The 1958 Chevrolet Corvette

1958 White Convertible Corvette


The 1958 Corvette now included factory seat belts as standard equipment. The styling was kicked up a notch with new dual chrome rimmed headlights on each side, fake hood louvers and chrome spears on the trunk lid. The grill was toned down to 9 teeth from the previous 13. All colors of 1958's were painted with acrylic lacquer replacing the nitrocellulose paint that had been used previously. The gauges were moved closer together in front of the driver for better viewing and included a 160 MPH speedometer. A passenger grab bar was added. Front and rear bumpers were made larger. Valve covers on the base engine are painted steel with the Chevrolet script, all optional engines have 7 fin cast alloy valve covers.
1958 Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1958 Corvettes Built - 9,168- All Convertibles

Serial Numbers: J58S001001 through J58S10968

RPO Description MFG's Price Production
867 Base Convertible $3,591.00 9,168
101 Heater $96.85 8,014
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking $144.45 6,142
107 Parking Brake Alarm $5.40 2,883
108 Courtesy Lights $6.50 4,600
109 Windshield Washers $16.15 3,384
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 $0.00 404
290 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 $31.55 7,428
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $188.30 2,057
419 Auxiliary Hardtop $215.20 5,607
426 Power Windows $59.20 649
440 Two-Tone Paint Combination $16.15 3,422
469 283ci, 245hp Engine (2x4 carbs.) $150.65 2,436
469C 283ci, 270hp Engine (2x4 carbs.) $182.95 978
473 Power Operated Folding Top $139.90 1,090
579 283ci, 250hp Engine, Fuel Injected $484.20 504
579D 283ci, 290hp Engine, Fuel Injected $484.20 1,007
677 Positraction Rear Axle 3.70:1 $48.45 1,123
678 Positraction Rear Axle 4.11:1 $48.45 2,518
679 Positraction Rear Axle 4.56:1 $48.45 370
684 Heavy Duty Racing Suspension $780.10 144
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission. $215.20 3,764

Color Options for 1958

RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
36 Silver N/A N/A N/A Charcoal/Red White/Black 193
190 Panama Yellow N/A N/A N/A Charcoal White/Black 455
199 Black N/A N/A N/A Beige/Red White/Black 493
252 Regal Turquoise N/A N/A N/A Charcoal White/Black 510
499 Snowcrest White 8160 2697 986 Beige/Charcoal/Red Beige/White/Black 2,477
729 Charcoal N/A N/A N/A Beige/Charcoal/Red White/Black 1,631
756 Signet Red 70826 2704-LH N/A Charcoal/Red White/Black 1,399
757 Silver Blue N/A N/A N/A Beige/Charcoal White/Beige 2,006

1958 Corvette Specifications

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 102 in.
Track Frt/Rear (in) 57/58.8
Length 177.2 in.
Width 72.8 in.
Height 51 in.
Front Tread 57 in.
Rear Tread 59 in.
Curb Weight 3,334 lbs.
Weight Dist. F/R (Engine) N/A
Fuel Capacity N/A
Coolant Capacity N/A

Interior Dimensions

Headroom 34.7 in.
Hip Room 21.5 in. per bucket
59.6 in. total
Leg Room 46.5 in.
Shoulder Room 49.4 in.

Engines

RPO Base 469 469C 579 579D
Bore N/A N/A N/A 3.875 in. N/A
Stroke N/A N/A N/A 3.00 in. N/A
Displacement 283 ci 283 ci 283 ci 283 ci 283 ci
Compression Ratio N/A N/A N/A 9.5:1 N/A
Horsepower 230 bhp 245 bhp 270 bhp 250 bhp @ 5,000 RPM 290 bhp
Torque N/A N/A N/A 305 lbs.-ft. @ 3,800 RPM N/A
Redline N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Carburetion N/A 2x4 bbl 2x4 bbl Rochester Fuel Inj. (???) Fuel Inj.
Oil Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Valvetrain N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

 


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