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Lot 658
1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 'Fuelie' Convertible
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

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CHASSIS NO: J58S108480

• Sought-after factory fuel-injected 283 V-8 engine with 290 horsepower
• Well-documented with numerous awards
• Bloomington Gold® Certified at 99.4 points
• Two-time NCRS Top Flight winner at 99.7 and 99.9 points
• Duntov award winner
• Previously owned and restored by celebrated Corvette specialist, Larry Gerig


Documents

1958 Corvette Bloomington Gold.pdf
1958 Corvette Performance Verification Award.pdf
1958 Corvette Top Flight Award_2.pdf
1958 Corvette Top Flight Award.pdf


283 cid OHV V-8 engine, Rochester mechanical fuel injection, 290 HP, Borg-Warner T10 four-speed transmission, four-wheel drum brakes, front coil springs and rear leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers; wheelbase: 102”


The desirable 1958 Corvette 283/290 ‘Fuelie’ was Chevrolet’s iron fist in a velvet glove. With the most daring aesthetic and mechanical refresh of all the C1 Corvettes, 1958 offered a fuel-injected model, which brought the 283 V-8 engine from its stock model 230 horsepower to an impressive 290 horsepower. The ‘fuelies’ are easily the most desirable of the later C1s and this pedigreed and stunning Inca Silver with matching silver coves example is 1 of only 157 Corvettes from 1958 with this color scheme. The car’s history includes past ownership and restoration by world-class Corvette expert, Larry Gerig, and carries with it a plethora of awards including Bloomington Gold®, NCRS Top Flight and a Duntov award. With the marriage of provenance, power and looks, it doesn’t get much better than this.

The 283-cubic-inch overhead-valve V-8 engine that transformed the Corvette from a hot ride to a true sports car had even more to offer in 1958. With the new fuel injector, the stock 230-horsepower engine surged output up to 290 horsepower and could pair with a four-speed transmission over the two-speed automatic or three-speed manual options. Developed by Zora Arkus-Duntov’s-led team, the fuel injection delivered increased power, acceleration reaction, rapid cold starts, eliminated carburetor icing, and even improved fuel economy. Only 1,007 were equipped as 'fuelies' out of 9,168 Corvettes produced in 1958, but even with low production numbers the 1958 'fuelie' would remain the pinnacle of C1 performance.

With a body built to leave an impression, the fresh 1958 aesthetic revamp delivered a longer front end to the remaining 102-inch wheelbase, which was animated with dual headlights on each corner above chrome inlets, the now-iconic scalloped coves on the sides; chrome strips that ran the length of the hood, framing horizontal louvers and a striking washboard hood center, and they continued in the rear over taillight spears. The cockpit also received a makeover as the dual cowl was replaced in favor of an attractive center stack that held the analog clock and controls. The instrument panel shifted into the driver’s direct line of sight and the tachometer was increased from 6,000 to 8,000 rpm for the 290 horsepower ‘fuelie.’ For the first time, seat belts became standard equipment in 1958. When all was said and done, the 1958 ‘fuelie’ represented the whole package and the C1 Corvette had reached its summit.

Offered without reserve and dressed in the most stunning color combination Chevrolet ever envisioned, is the absolute standard for restored 1958 Corvettes. Lovingly kept, restored, and shown by the authoritative Corvette expert, Larry Gerig, this Inca Silver Corvette with matching silver coves is 1 of only 157 models produced in 1958 with this color scheme. Equipped with the incredibly desirable 283-cubic-inch V-8 engine with fuel-injection mated to the upgraded factory Borg-Warner four-speed transmission, along with Positraction, it delivers 290 horsepower and is 1 of only 1,007 built. With incredibly low mileage since restoration, Chassis J58S108480 comes with a stack of documentation and has garnered relentless acclaim as a two-time NCRS Top Flight award winner, scoring 99.4 and 99.9 points, a Bloomington Gold® certification with 99.4 points, as well as a Duntov award. Until he sold his collection in 2015, this very car was part of Larry Gerig’s famed collection of 1958 'Fuelie' Corvettes; a lover of ’58 ‘fuelies,’ he had one in every eight colors produced.

With looks as impressive as its pedigree, this timeless, radio-delete example is robed in rare Inca Silver with matching silver coves and rolls on wide whitewall tires wrapped around iconic, spinner wheel covers. The black convertible soft top over the timeless red interior makes for one of the most beautiful cars to ever wear a crossed checkered flag badge. Poised to represent a highlight of any world-class Corvette collection, this car rests comfortably at the true apex of 1958 Corvettes.

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