1958 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected For Sale in London
‘Triple Crown’ winner at the 2006 National Corvette Registers Society
- Recipient of a full nut and bolt restoration
- 1 of only 1007 delivered with a fuel injected, 290bhp, V8 engine
- Signet Red with Snowcrest White Coves
- Warner Gear T-10 four-speed gearbox
- FIVA registered (032332)
The Chevrolet Corvette was the first generation of Corvette sports car produced by the manufacturer. The 1958 model introduced a new twin headlight look which would remain largely unchanged until the Stingray made its debut in 1963. It also featured a modernised interior, with a dashboard layout that put all of the important instruments directly in front of the driver.
1958 was not just a year for styling for Chevrolet, as it was the year they were finally starting to find success in motorsport, having finished first in the sports car class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Having undergone a complete nut and bolt restoration, our Chevrolet Corvette is probably the best available example of this iconic motorcar. With a beautiful exterior of Signet Red with Snowcrest White coves, this is a car that will achieve significant adulation.
’58 Corvettes delivered with the fuel-injected, 290 bhp, V8 engine were given the nickname “Fuelie” in America. Only 1007 examples were delivered with this specification, making them an exceptionally rare classic car. Our example is rarer still as the engine, fuel injection system, cylinder heads, bell housing, transmission and differential are correct to the car and believed to be original.
Accompanying the vehicle is a detailed ownership file, compiled by its ninth owner Lars-Erik Arnell, who listed every owner up until his acquisition in 2002. This fascinating history file, guides you through its incredible life, it’s first owner resided in Freeport, Illinois and owned the Corvette for less than two years, selling it in September 1959 to finance the expansion of his McDonalds restaurant franchise. The second owner lived in Indiana, where the car would spend virtually all of its life. In 1970 the Corvette passed to the seventh owner, who restored it and used it as a ‘pace car’ at the racing circuit he owned, selling it 14 years later to the eighth owner, a prominent car collector. The ninth owner, Lars-Erik Arnell, acquired the Corvette in September 2002 and commissioned a total, ‘frame off’ rotisserie restoration. Undertaken in 2005/2006 by recognised specialists with painstaking attention to detail, the project culminated in prestigious ‘Top Flight’ awards at the elite National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) meetings at Auburn, Indiana and St Louis, Missouri.
In 2006, the Corvette received the ultimate accolade by winning the ‘Triple Crown’ from the National Corvette Registers Society. This involves the ‘Gold Spinner’ prize, this recognises that this Corvette has attained the highest honors of achievement for the evaluation of originality, condition and attention to detail.’
The interior is stylishly designed and is finished in matching Signet Red that is in immaculate condition.
In an era of chrome grills and four headlights the Corvette outshone its competition thanks to a unique design and early adoption of modern technologies, such as its fuel injected, V8 engine. Rarely for an American car, the Corvette is fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox.