Does anyone know if seat belts were available as an option in 1958? I know they were in '60 and I read somewhere that belts were also an available dealer installed option in 1959, but I'm not certain about that. I recently bought a '58 Crown Southampton that has never had seat belts installed. The car is in great shape and has an immaculate, recently restored interior. But, fact is I feel uncomfortable driving w/o seat belts. Purely a safety issue.
I've made the decision to install seat belts, but cannot decide what is most appropriate. Does anyone out there have an opinion? I did locate a set of NOS belts for 1960, but they are gray which I don't think would look good with the jade/emerald green upholstery. I am leaning towards ordering green belts in a shade that will coordinate with the upholstery, and plain "retro" buckles. Several companies I found on the 'net sell them. How do I know what length to order for the front and back? I am also unsure how to determine the proper installation points.