Even though Ed's only put a few more miles on the '58 since he's owned it, he's got plenty to say about its performance-especially with the fully calibrated RPO 579D fuel-injected, 290hp 283 running full on. As Ed says, "It's fast as hell! It's a pleasure to drive it. I've never driven a car that gets more looks. I haven't put a lot of miles on it because it's in such great shape. Turning is tough [thanks to its non-power steering], but flat-out speed is really fun!"
DATA FILE: 1958 CORVETTE Owned by Ed Hoyt, Fountain Hills, Arizona; The 13th '58 Corvette built, assembled on first day of '58 model year production in October 1957 at Chevrolet's St. Louis, Missouri, Assembly Plant; VIN: J58S100013 TOTAL 1958 CORVETTE PRODUCTION: 10,261; In Silver Blue/Inca Silver two-tone: 757; With rPO 579D 290hp, fuelinjected 283: 1,007 BODY: Restored production '58 Corvette CHANGES FOR 1958: New styling forward of windshield with four headlights, nine grille teeth and simulated louvers on hood, longitudinal chrome spears on trunk lid, acrylic lacquer replaced nitrocellulose paint PAINT: Silver Blue/Inca Silver two-tone (rPO 440)TOP: Restored blue-grey convertible top
CHASSIS: Restored production '58 Corvette SUSPENSION: (Front) Coil springs with upper/lower A-arms, antiroll bar and hydraulic shock absorbers; (rear) leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers BRAKES: restored original 11-inch-diameter drum-and-shoe brakes all around. Power assist courtesy of driver STEERING: GM/Saginaw gear recirculating ball, non-power-assisted WHEELS: 15x5-inch steel, with factory full-wheel Spinner covers TIRES: Reproduction 6.70-15 whitewalls ENGINE: Overhead-valve V-8, gen I small-block Chevrolet (RPO 579D) DISPLACEMENT: 283 ci COMPRESSION RATIO: 10.5:1 INDUCTION: Rochester mechanical fuel-injection CAMSHAFT: Flat-tappet with solid lifters HORSEPOWER: (Chevrolet rating) 290 @ 6,200 rpm TORQUE: (Chevrolet rating) 290 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm EXHAUST SYSTEM: Reproduction dual-exhaust system with original exhaust manifolds ENGINE NUMBERS: Block: 3737739; Cylinder heads: 3748440; Fuel injection: Rochester 7014800r; Distributor: 1110914; Generator: 1102059