1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs in the Griffin Radiator Booth at the 2016 SEMA Event
Text and Photos By: Wayne Ellwood
GRIFFIN RADIATOR’s 2016 SEMA booth featured a custom 1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs from Purcell (OK). The folks at Heartland turn out a large number of cars for customers and, like this one, they consistently draw good crowds. This 1958 C1 Corvette was built on a SPECVETTE chassis with fully independent and narrowed suspension, rack and pinion steering, and electronic ride control. The engine is a GEN III small block with a retro engine package. This is complemented by a TREMEC TKO-600 five-speed and a Hurst short-throw shifter. The car is painted in PPG Deltron base/clear Silver-Blue with Inca Silver coves. Modern HVAC functions use the original gauges.
The 1958 Corvette is a C1 or first-generation Corvette. You can read about the history of the C1 Corvette in our C1 Corvette overview.
Customizing Corvettes started back already with the C1 Corvette. Check out our article the History of Corvette Body Kits and Customizations.
If you enjoy customs you are sure to like this one. On Vette Vues’ blog, we are looking at the One-Of-A-Kind Dave Kindig 1953 Corvette Concept that made its debut at the 2021 SEMA show.
Here is another custom Corvette. It is a 1967 Corvette Custom Widebody that went up for auction at the Mecum Indy show in 2021. Check out its features.
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