1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
With the creative influences of such incredible engineering talents
as Edward Cole, Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell behind it, the
C1 Corvette had emerged as an American classic, but one that was
ready to undergo a transformation into something completely new and
exciting. The 1962 model year represents the end of an era for the
Chevrolet Corvette. Over the course of ten years, the Corvette had
evolved from Harley Earl's conceptual two-seat sports car - a car
that was initially plagued with design and performance deficiencies
- into a vehicle that rivaled sports cars around the world with an
unabashed reputation for performance and fun.
Starting out life as a street racer, this 1962 Corvette came upon
some misfortune by being wrecked during a race. The original owner
fixed the body, and ran out of cash, so the car sat until 1975.
Another Corvette aficionado purchased the car and all its parts and
had intended to finish the job. Time passed, and fast forward to
2000, where our consigner struck a deal and again transferred all
the parts to his garage where he set off to a 3 year restoration.
An all original numbers matching car, color changed to silver, but
all original interior and low low original miles (25,460).
A change from Ermine White, to Sateen Silver now drapes the total
fiberglass exterior of this car which up front looks like the past,
and on back like the future. The fiberglass shows no sign of repair
and is all buttoned up on the gap minding front. Chrome for the
bumpers and trim remains mirror-like and shiny no dimples or rust.
Dual headlights frame a long fiberglass front hinged hood, with all
correct badging and crossed flags. A wrap around windshield is
trimmed with beautiful chrome and above is a white canvas
convertible top, which shows just a few smudges and wear, but the
rear plastic is clear. Operation is smooth on the up and down, and
it tucks neatly into a fiberglass molded cove behind the dual
buckets. The "Corvette cove" is seen running from the front
quarter, through the door panels, and has a chromed trim spear
venting just behind the front wheel well. A nice anodized aluminum
rocker cover complete with horizontal ribs stretches from wheel
well to wheel well. The future is seen with the back of the car now
taking on the Sting Ray look. This would be the last model with a
trunk as such until a special edition in 1982, and a similar
version showing back up on the C5 model in 1998. Knock off wheel
covers are brightly presenting wrapped by thin white band Goodyear
Simply gorgeous deep deep red floods the interior in vinyl and
leather panels, coverings, and carpeting. Chrome trimmings for the
doors and handles are near perfect and all functional. Seats are
all original and bend with the curve of the interior shell, which
has a central storage compartment and a button to open the rear
cowl for the top storage. A big red 3 spoked drilled stainless
steering wheel front a great dash that sports molded deep cowl red
surrounding silver and black face round gauges, clustered around an
arched speedometer as its star. Just a great looking dash, and when
behind the wheel, you'll feel like you are piloting the Millennium
Falcon! For the passenger is a full on inwardly curved cove with a
built on "Jesus" bar. A new digital radio emulating the original is
in the center of the dash, and just above is the cool dash mounted
rear view mirror. A central vertical panel dives downward from the
dash and houses the airflow controls and a clock. The shifter is in
a chromed panel complete with an ashtray, and stain free near
showroom carpet covers the floors. Its red and has a peppering of
black loops throughout.
Though technically the same engine block as the 283, the smaller
engine was bored and stroked to bring its cylinder dimensions to
4.00 x 3.25 inches and it's displacement up to 327 cubic inches.
Gone forever from the 1962 (and all future models) Corvette was the
troublesome twin four-barrel Carter carburetors. These were
replaced by a more powerful, single four-barrel Carter carburetor.
A 4-speed manual transmission is strapped behind this engine, and
reminder all are numbers matching. A 3.70:1 rear axle provides
quick starting off the line and is also original to this car.
Wonderfully preserved, all original suspension, steering and drum
brakes all around, no rust seen, and just beautifully restored from
the frame off.
Behind the wheel one feels like a touch of class is presenting to
them with the long tasteful dual headlight front leading the way.
This car started immediately, and after a short warm up, it was off
to the test track. It handles very well, accelerates with plenty of
power, and comes to a straight quick panic stop. All functions were
working well, and it was an overall great experience and a pleasure
to be behind this wheel.
A low mileage numbers matching history of storage in pieces sums it
up for this car, finally coming together in 2003 by a passionate
restorer, who went to great lengths to keep all original. Silver
was chosen because he does not like the white! A great driver,
excellent condition example of the nicest year for the C1. And it's
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.