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'58 Corvette

Wearing The Tuxedo Again

Ronnie Hartman Aug 1, 2002

Step By Step

In 1998, Mark McLin rescued this ’58 from a “Mustang guy who couldn’t make a decision what to do with it.” Mustang guy’s loss. This Corvette deserved a better life, and Mark was the guy to make it happen. He researched the ’58’s history and discovered it had been purchased new in El Paso, Texas, and retained by the original owner for more than 25 years. It then passed through three more owners over the next 10 years before Mark found it.

Realizing the car would need some sprucing up before it would be fun to drive, Mark headed from his home in central Florida to his friend Gary Brown at Gary Brown Paint & Body in Jacksonville to get the work started. He was much chagrined to learn that the ’58 had been hit on all four corners, the original color had been painted over—and the restoration would cost 30 percent more than originally reckoned. Decision time.

Mark opted to go the distance and completely restore the car. In the process, it was returned to its original color scheme, Tuxedo Black with silver coves. The 283ci, 230hp ’58 is bone stock, except for the more serviceable Coker radial tires.

Mark hits weekly cruises, show ’n’ shines, parties, and road runs with his friends in the Classic Corvette Club in Orlando, and took great pleasure in participating in the NCRS Field of Dreams collection last January at the NCRS Winter Meet in Kissimmee.

This isn’t Mark’s first Corvette, nor the only special older car he owns. He added the ’58 to a collection that includes a ’62 Almond Beige 327-340 Corvette convertible, a Roman Red ’62 Chevy Bel Air Bubbletop 409-425 (which he says he uses to hunt down Fords and Mopars), and a ’68 Camaro 396-325 Turbo 400. Mark enjoys all his Chevys, but he gets a special kick out of showing off his latest addition.

We’re just glad he retrieved it from that Ford guy!

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