It is sometimes hard to believe that the original Corvette was powered by an underwhelming “Blue Flame” six-cylinder engine, and that it was almost dropped (due to a lack of interest) after just a couple of years on the market. What helped the Corvette not only survive, but thrive, was its sudden emphasis on performance. The epitome of early Corvette performance came from the fuel-injected models that showed up in the second half of the 1950’s.
These rare cars are now major collectors’ items, and the handful that were produced rarely cross the auction block. One of these cars, a ’58 fuelie with the even-rarer “big brake” package, is heading to auction courtesy of Mecum Auto Auctions this summer.
This car has actually been owned since 1979 by prominent classic Corvette racer and collector Rich Mason, and the car has documentation dating back to 1965. Equipped with fuel injection and the heavy duty brakes and suspension package, this Corvette is one of just 144 built that year with all of these options. In other words, it is quite the desirable car, and it could be a while before another one like it heads to auction.
Amazingly, while this car has been restored, it retains much of the original components including all original glass, the big brake components, and even the auxiliary Plexiglass hardtop. Considering that these cars regularly go for over $100,000, we expect this example to bring top dollar when it goes up for sale at the Bloomington Gold Auction in late June.