Vehicle Description

A concours restored first generation Corvette is a great classic to admire. But, with whitewalls and all that chrome, it's easy to forget that these cars were once feared track warriors. By ushering in Chevrolet's legendary small block, they established the concept of an American sports car, and single-handedly created the foundation for a 65-year legacy of world-class performance. This national award-winning C1 pays tribute to its heritage by seating a cutting edge V8 in a roster of competent mechanicals and wrapping everything in rich pigment that re-emphasizes already iconic lines. If you're ready to see the USA in a well-rounded Chevrolet, take a closer look at this sweet pro-tourer!

WORLD CLASS AESTHETICS

Stripped all the way down to glass, this contoured roadster's curvaceous body was massaged back to life in the summer of 2011. Like most C1s, the car was originally assembled at GM's new-for-1954 St. Louis manufacturing facility. And, like most restored C1s, its fit and finish presents much better now than it did over 50 years ago. In fact, judging by the looks of this Chevy's smooth fuselage, there's no evidence it has ever seen any kind of catastrophic damage. And today, layered in dynamic Porsche GT Silver, the car rolls as one very cool classic that, thanks to its hot drivetrain, can be proudly shown and reliably driven day in and day out.

1958 to 1962 was a banner era for the Corvette, as Chevrolet wanted to prove its new flagship could run with the best cars in the world while retaining classic style that would eventually bear an American icon. At the front of this polished and refinished drop-top, a blackened grille rides between chrome-trimmed headlights, a de-lettered header and chrome-trimmed parking lamps. In front of that grille, an intricate bumper bends around cross-flag-branded fenders that are finished with finned cove inserts. Between those fenders, a sculpted hood leads the eye to polished RainGear wipers, classy wraparound glass and your choice of either a contrasting cloth roof or a color-keyed hardtop. And at the back of those doors, a sculpted 'boat tail' decklid hangs a classy Corvette roundel above a chrome tag bracket, familiar Corvette taillights, chrome bumpers and bold, center-outlet exhaust.

WORLD CLASS POWER

The base model Vette has always been a highly competent, ready-made package. In the mid-1960s, the car's go-to mill was GM's 327 cubic inch L30 small block. And in the late-2000s, the car's go-to mill was GM's 6.2 liter Generation IV V8. That said, it doesn't seem unnatural that this roadster's classic hood veils a hot Chevrolet Performance LS376. One of the most well rounded crate engines Chevrolet offers, the generation IV LS376 utilizes aluminum construction, high-flow heads and a racing-inspired Hot Cam to mix hours of thrills with miles of impressive fuel economy. And, churning stout 10.7 to 1 compression into 480 horsepower and 475 lb./ft. of broad torque, this Chevy's smooth-revving engine is certainly no slouch in the performance department! The general's familiar fuel rail covers sport clean "CORVETTE LS3" graphics, which complement glossy faux carbon fiber finishing. Polished serpentine components spin a polished alternator and Classic Auto Air conditioning opposite modern power steering. Polished air tubes terminate in big Spectre filter elements. There's a polished aluminum radiator that's fitted with efficient puller fans. A full outfit of stainless hardware combines with a trick dipstick, GM plug wires and ceramic-coated Rewarder headers to detail an otherwise purpose-built performer. And, as you would expect, the car's tidy engine bay is an excellent mixture of glossy silver pigment and factory matte hardware.

WORLD CLASS ATHLETICISM

With that kind of power on tap, it should come as no surprise that the bottom of this Corvette features a host of noteworthy upgrades. Behind the raucous engine, a proven Tremec TKO600 5-speed twists torque to a familiar Dana 44 that's fitted with stout, 3.50 gears. That rear end, like the car's engine, rides on a fourth generation Corvette suspension, which is bolted to a high quality Street Shop chassis. Stops are provided by fourth generation Corvette calipers, which squeeze four drilled and slotted rotors. Turns come courtesy of power rack-and-pinion steering that, when combined with the car's upgraded chassis and serious disc brakes, provides modern feel and great performance. Spent gases roar through 2.5-inch pipes to polished Magnaflow mufflers. Power meets the pavement through forged Boze Boosts, which spin 225/55R17 BF Goodrich Traction T/As around highly polished spokes. And everything, from the car's clean, Satin Black floors to its Rock Valley stainless fuel tank, is expertly finished, well detailed and ready for action.

WORLD CLASS COMFORT

Inside this silky drop-top you'll find a red-hot Al Knoch interior. Plump leather seats are comfortable and well formed. In front of those seats, a color-keyed dash hangs rebuilt gauges between controls for the aforementioned air conditioning, a vintage Wonder Bar radio and a small rearview mirror. At the base of that dash, high quality carpet makes a perfect plane for a factory-spec shifter. Opposite that shifter, factory side panels front modern power windows. And in front of the driver, a reduced diameter steering wheel spins a wrapped rim around a stainless Flaming River column and polished cross-flag horn button.

AWARDS

First In Class Award - Conservative Sports - Pre-1963

- Detroit Autorama

- 2018

Outstanding Award - Sports/Sport Compact

- Detroit Autorama

- 2018

VEHICLE SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

Restoration photos

Restoration receipts

Component literature

Thanks to the Corvette's virtually unmatched popularity, the market is full of great C1s. But this award-winning roadster manages a near perfect balance of road-going prowess and show-stopping aesthetics. Don't waste six figures and three years trying to build a classic this nice. Call RK Motors Charlotte, sign the papers on this killer Chevy and make 2020 a summer to remember!

HIGHLIGHTS

The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration

Awarded First In Class and Outstanding at the 2018 Detroit Autorama

Chevrolet Performance LS376 crate engine / 480 horsepower

Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission

Modern air conditioning

Dana 44 rear axle / 3.50 gears

Power rack-and-pinion steering

Fourth generation Corvette 4-wheel disc brakes

Street Shop chassis / Fourth generation Corvette suspension

Al Knoch leather interior

Forged Boze Boost wheels

Porsche GT Silver paint / Black cloth top

Sale includes a matching hardtop

Restoration photos

Restoration receipts

All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection

We can ship your new classic anywhere in the world

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1393145
  • Price:$159,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1962
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette
  • Exterior Color:Silver Metallic
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:439
  • Stock Number:136821
  • VIN:20867S100296