1958 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible

Late fifties Plymouths remain popular with both collectors and casual observers, with the 1958 models drawing particular attention in large part due to the movie Christine.

Here we have a Belevdere convertible, the only convertible in Plymouth’s line-up that year.

1958 was the last year that Belvedere would sit at the top of the line. While the Fury had been around for a few years it was still a sub-series of the Belvedere line. 1959 would see the Fury taking the crown.

side view of a 58 Plymouth Belvedere convertible
side view

Those aren’t really fins you see at the rear – Plymouth called them “Directional Stabilizers“!

At the base of the aluminum tower you’ll notice a single light that acted as taillight, brake light and turn indicator and was also visible from the side.

rear view

Inside, this ’58 has been re-trimmed but using material for 1959. Note the push-button transmission selection on the left of the instrument cluster. The dash mounted rear-view mirror was said to give 30% greater visibility.

new interior

While the other six Belvedere cars in the line-up for ’58 offered a 230 cubic inch, inline 6-cylinder engine as their standard engine, the convertible came with the 318 cubic inch V8 Fury V-800 (normally $107).

However, the original owner of this Plymouth ordered it with the $216 Golden Commando a 305 horsepower, 350 cubic inch V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Not only that but an additional $220 to have it paired with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission rather than the standard 3-speed manual transmission.

305 horsepower, 350 cubic inch Golden Commando
350 CID Golden Commando

Other options on this car include power steering($77), power brakes($38), power front seat ($48), powered windows ($102) and push-button radio ($73).

If you wanted to order one of these cars when they were knew prices started at $2,761 with Plymouth selling 9,941 Belvedere convertibles for the ’58 model year.

This ’58 Belvedere Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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