My 58 has lap only belts installed. It was that way when I got
it. As the cars lack a B pillar above the door line I just can't think how
you could possibly install a three point system. The lap belt is good as
far as it goes but I have visions of getting my teeth bashed in by the steering
wheel should the worst happen. Probably better than being thrown out of
the car but a three point system would obviously be preferable.
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Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:51
Subject: IML: seat belts 1958
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