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Corvette Of The Day: 1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283/230

During its early stages, the Chevrolet Corvette flirted with failure, yet by 1957, the sports car began to demonstrate its prowess. Equipped with a 4-speed gearbox, fuel injection, and racing suspension, it soared. However, the 1958 model received a lukewarm reception, diverging from its predecessor’s acclaim as “America’s sports car.”

Branded by Chevrolet as “a new shape of sports car sophistication,” it retained elements of its heritage while embracing change. Although initially met with skepticism from purists, the 1958 Corvette eventually earned its stripes.

The 1958 Corvette featured numerous changes, notably its redesigned front end featuring quad headlights, a “washboard” hood treatment, and increased chrome. Bumpers were reinforced by mounting them to the frame, enhancing protection, while higher quality acrylic lacquer replaced enamel.

Inside, designers addressed criticism of earlier models’ dash layout by clustering instruments directly in front of the driver. The baseline 283/230 HP single 4-barrel V-8 engine proved popular despite four more powerful options, appearing in almost half of the 9,168 Corvettes sold that year.

Although the 1958 Corvette initially raised eyebrows among purists, it contributed to the car’s enduring legacy. Despite its departure from tradition, it marked the beginning of a series of successes for Chevrolet’s iconic sports car.

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