1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs at 2016 SEMA

1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs in the Griffin Radiator Booth at the 2016 SEMA Event

GRIFFIN RADIATOR featured a custom 1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs from Purcell (OK)
GRIFFIN RADIATOR featured a custom 1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs from Purcell (OK)

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.

GRIFFIN RADIATOR featured a custom 1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs from Purcell (OK)
GRIFFIN RADIATOR featured a custom 1958 Corvette by Heartland Customs from Purcell (OK)
This Custom 1958 Corvette by Heartland Custom's 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.
This Custom 1958 Corvette by Heartland Custom’s 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.
In an era of chrome and four headlamps, the 1958 model year and the four that followed all had the exposed four-headlamp treatment and prominent grills.  The faux-louvered hood and chrome trunk spears were unique to 1958.
In an era of chrome and four headlamps, the 1958 model year and the four that followed all had the exposed four-headlamp treatment and prominent grills.  The faux-louvered hood and chrome trunk spears were unique to 1958.
On display at the 2016 SEMA event was a Custom 1958 Chevrolet Corvette constructed by Heartland Customs.
On display at the 2016 SEMA event was a Custom 1958 Chevrolet Corvette constructed by Heartland Customs.

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.

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