The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was the final year for the
first-generation Corvette, and it's the sleekest of the run. This
one not only does a terrific job of showcasing the iconic look, but
also the numbers-matching V8 under the hood shows it respects its
history. So to get it all in a package that's also ready to run
makes for a terrific all-around classic.
There was a solid investment in the exterior to make sure this one
gives the right first impression. The burgundy paint sets the mood
perfectly for this car. It has a hint of red's boldness, but in a
deeper and more sophisticated tone. So it's a gentleman's classic.
The paint has the sleek look you want on a later C1 like this. The
shine helps to highlight the distinct lines of the quad headlight
front end and scalloped sides. And the flat rear was only available
for the final few years of the first generation. It really
announced that tailfin 1950s were giving way to the sleek and
speedy '60s. But while the C1 was the smoothest it had ever been,
they still didn't discard the brightwork that made it a true icon.
In fact, it's great to see that this one was given a proper
investment in everything from the big bright bumpers to the
delicate trim surrounding the interior.
The white convertible top has quite a clean look. Since the roll-up
windows are another later C1 advantage, it's nice to see them seal
easily with the roof. But a car like this was made to be open to
the world. The black interior goes well with the deeper tones of
the exterior burgundy, and you can see that especially well with
the waterfall of color the goes in-between the two bucket seats.
The overall interior show the right quality you want with nice seat
covers, plush carpeting, complete intricate door panels, and a
smooth dash. So you can tell there has been a good mix of
preservation and investment. The steering wheel looks awesome, and
its ridges have that great thin, grippy feel that only came on the
right cars of this era. It has a nice driver feel with clear
gauges, including the tach, and a crisp action from the shifter.
They even installed an AM/FM digital tuner w/cassette to upgrade
the driving music.
The 1962 Corvette was also the only time the first-gen got the
larger 327 cubic-inch V8. So it's great to have the
numbers-matching powerhouse so nicely on display. The bold block,
matching valve covers w/callout, bright distributor shield, and
wide air grabber have a great classic look in this tidy setup. It
really appears stock, right down to the Delco generator. And the
way this motor eagerly fires up signals the investments here were
more than just cosmetic. The V8 inhales deeply through a
four-barrel carburetor and exhales with a nice tune from the newer
dual exhaust. And you're always in complete control of this full
package thanks to the Muncie M20 four-speed manual
This is the final year for the generation that launched the legend.
That's why this example is both sleek, significant, and ready to
drive. Call now!