Below: A "grab bar" was installed for the benefit of the passenger, which was probably often appreciated considering the Corvette's performance potential. Detractors referred to it as the "sissy bar".
1958 Corvette hood, with non-functional louvres. It was affectionately known as the "washboard hood". The trunk featured two spears (nicknamed "suspenders") that ran the length of the panel. Both items identify the cars as 1958 Corvettes as they were not used on any other year.
The 1958 grill was similar to the previous five years, except that the number of vertical bars went from 13 to nine. The two grill areas to the sides may appear to be ducting cool air to the brakes, but were actually blocked off.