VIDEO-George Clooney slips behind the wheel of his dad's 1958 red Corvette | Daily Mail Online

By Bobbie Whiteman For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:26 EST, 20 September 2015 | Updated: 18:39 EST, 20 September 2015

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There can't be many fathers who don't worry when they hand over the car keys to their sons.

But George Clooney's news anchor father Nick must be proud to see how well his boy is looking after the red Chevrolet Corvette V8 C1 convertible he bought in 1958.

The actor was spotted taking a pal for a spin in the immaculate vintage car after dinner at Kazu Sushi in the Studio City neighbourhood of Los Angeles on Thursday evening. 

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Beautiful lines: On Saturday George Clooney took a pal for a spin in the red Chevrolet Corvette V8 C1 convertible his news anchor father Nick Clooney bought brand new in 1958 

The 54-year-old is a well-known auto enthusiast who also drives a gleaming grey Lexus and a black Porsche Carrera as well as a tiny two seater electric Tango 600 plus various motorbikes.

But it's a fair bet the family 'Vette has pride of place in his heart.

It's a much-in-demand classic now with enthusiasts going to great lengths to restore their cars to their original glory. 

Guys' night out: The 54-year-old and his friend were both casually dressed for dinner at at Kazu Sushi in the Studio City neighbourhood of Los Angeles

Chatting up a storm: The pair gossiped as they left the restaurant and walked back to the classic car

Gleaming grille: The 1958 model was considered to be a style icon of its times and is still much in demand now with models beautifully restored to their original condition selling for upwards of $85,000

But when Nick, 81, bought his model it was on the cutting edge of car design.

Notably, the 1958 model was considered to be a style icon of its times due to its trendy appearance which was derived from a chrome finished exterior along with double headlamps, while the white panels offset the red paintwork, according to BornRich.com.

Louvres in the bonnet and chrome rails on the trunk and white-walled tyres provided a distinctive look to the Corvette that has a material roof opened by hand - no automatic openers back in the day.

Reaching for the keys: The actor is well-known for being an auto enthusiast

Classic 'Vette: When Nick, now 81, bought his model it was on the cutting edge of car design and reportedly capable of speeds up to 116 mph depending on engine configuration 

Sweet little red Corvette: George has kept the car in pristine condition

George has reportedly lined the seats with high end leather.

Capable of up to 116mph depending on the engine configuration, according to automobile-catalog.com, it does just 16.4 miles to the gallon.

The increasingly rare examples of the car in perfect condition go for upwards of $85,000. 

The original owner: George with his dad at the 1997 premiere of The Peacemaker

His other ride: The superstar also drives a Porsch convertible in black, of course

Small is beautiful: He also rocks a tiny two-seater Tango 600, a British-built car that runs on electricity

George's dad bought it new when he was a radio broadcaster in Lexington, Kentucky and the actor grew up with it as one of the family cars, he told Esquire in 2013.

Meanwhile, the superstar appeared to be on a guys' night out as there was no sign of his beautiful 37-year-old wife Amal - not that she would've fitted in the two seater.

The international human rights lawyer has been travelling to the Maldives and Sri Lanka where she is representing deposed Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed. 

Luxury wheels: George got into the driver's seat of his high-end Lexus as beautiful wife Amal waited by the passenger door after dinner at Asanebo Sushi last December

Date night: George and the human rights lawyer enjoyed a vacation at the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on the Spanish island of Ibiza in August

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