For 1958, long running Captain was replaced with the all new Sunspear. Long, low, and sleek, the Sunspear was a new vision of the American dream on wheels. Riding on the high of success from its early models, LMC invested in much greater production quality and capacity to compete with the larger luxury manufacturers. While the powertrain was similar to the Captain, the Sunspear was leagues above in other areas.
The Sunspear was equipped with the 174 hp 280 Serpent V8 from the Captain and a 3-speed Fluid-Motion automatic transmission with a 4-speed manual as an option. It would later receive a 357 V8 as an option.
The interior is just as spacious as the footprint of the car suggests, with 2 rows of full leather bench seats. The front disc brakes and one finger power steering make the Sunspear the most drivable to date. The Sunspear would have many visual changes over the years, with the most well-known of the generation being the '61-'62 models. The next generation would start production in late 1964.
||Front Longitudinal RWD
||Galvanized Steel Ladder with Steel Panels
||Front Double Wishbone and Rear Solid Axle Coil
||1-Piston Front Solid Disc and Rear Drum
||4604cc OHV 2v V8
||173.6 hp @ 4500 rpm, 250.3 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
|1/4 mile time
|1 km time
||110 mph (Theoretical)
|ATT Lap Time
||3:11.32 - Its about the journey, not the destination.