With the holidays a mere five months away, there must be good girls and boys (of all ages) who would enjoy a piece of Corvette nostalgia in their home or garage. And who wouldn’t want this cute little C1 go-cart? Just look at it!
This extremely rare 1958 Corvette go-cart manufactured by Yard-Man is offered by seller Dave Yacabelli out of New York.
We had a chance to talk to Dave and he told us how he came to be the owner of this very cool mini-‘Vette. He told us that it’s a rare bird, noting it’s a first-production run with a serial number of 6032-0 – making it car No. 1 of only 200 produced.
The second production run had a serial number that read 6032-1, and there were 300 of these made in 1959 in a turquoise blue body color. The final production run of these serial numbered 6032 carts was in 1961, and very little is known about production numbers. After that final production run, Yard-Man began selling frame-only carts through Sears & Roebuck Co. with no body to make it more affordable for the consumer.
Given to him as a toy from his dad in 1977, Dave said he drove it only one time… over his dad’s foot. The ‘Vette was subsequently scuttled away in a barn, and wasn’t discovered until the barn had to be torn down. Much to Dave’s surprise, the little car from his youth emerged after sitting dormant for more than 40 years. Upon seeing the little Corvette for the fist time, Dave’s son, Nicoli, pictured, was so excited to see it that he jumped in and asked for the keys.
Dave mentions the little car was placed into storage with the four-cycle, 2-1/2 horsepower gas engine still operational. Although the engine has not been fired up in the last four decades, Dave said it still holds compression. Due to the authenticity and value of the car, however, he has avoided this prospect. He surmises it will start right up with a bit of tender, loving care.
Granted, there’s the expected weathering, minor fiberglass cracks and dents, fading, and a bit of rust, but nothing a new owner will find detrimental during the restoration process, as overall Dave states it is in pristine condition considering its age and neglect. Maybe just leaving it as is best course of action.
Perhaps the wheels will turn on a driveway or through a suburban neighborhood, or placed on a pedestal in a collection to admire. We hope it finds a new place in the history and legacy of a family that will cherish it for generations to come.