Asking Price: $77,250
CHASSIS NO: 20867S111739
• Final-year example of the first-generation Corvette
• Finished in desirable Fawn Beige; new interior
• Complete with both soft and hard tops
• Excellent driving example of the marque
327 cid V-8 engine, Carter four-barrel carburetor, 250 HP, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102Ē
The ultimate refinement of any motorcar is usually found at the very end of its generational model line. Long after the teething associated with a new model subsides, it becomes a well-tuned machine that is free of glitches and carries rock solid dependability. Such is the case with Chevroletís Corvette for 1962. After being introduced in 1953 the Corvette had weathered quite a few storms but had now become a well-respected roadster that featured both stellar handling and plenty of power from a wide array of engine options. Chevyís Corvette for 1962 marked the end of an era for the straight axel. While there was still a trace of its original style, the design efforts of Bill Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov created a Corvette that was faster, handled better, looked sleeker, and was more refined than any previous edition. While the Corvette for 1962 had certainly become more civilized, it still retained the same concept; a personalized sports car that was at home both on the road and on the track. Yes, the first generation of Chevroletís Corvette went out with a bang as the motoring public loved it with 14,531 sold.
While any Corvette from 1962 is certainly an attention getter, this example with its gleaming and coveted Fawn Beige paint certainly makes it stand out as one of the best. It has been treated to a complete restoration that has returned it to like-factory new condition. The fit and finish on its fiberglass body looks great and is free of blemishes with all panels in outstanding alignment. Corvettes for 1962 may have been the last of the straight axles, but they carried a number of refinements that were tasteful, functional, and elegant. The chrome surround on the side coves was eliminated and they were also now painted in the body color. Up front, the grille carried a smooth and streamlined look with twin air ducts and a wraparound bumper; all these attributes are nicely displayed on this example. This Corvette is fitted with a white convertible top and rides on correct whitewall tires with Chevroletís simulated knock-off style wheel covers over factory steel rims. The interior of this Corvette was not overlooked in its restoration with authentic fabrics in matching Fawn upholstery and carpet. 1962 was the last year for the wraparound windshield and the futuristically styled dashboard carries the look and style of the early 1960s. All gauges are clean, clear, and in good working order. This Corvette also carries an after-market radio for a crisp and clear sound. The door panels are nicely upholstered, and Chevroletís tri-spoke steering wheel also carries the matching Fawn finish. Chevrolet worked a little magic with the power for 1962 and the heart of this fabulous machine is a correct and proper 327 V-8 with 250 horsepower. The engine bay of this Corvette is nicely finished, all systems are properly sorted, and all surfaces nicely are detailed. The engine block carries the correct red and the air cleaner is finished in chrome. All belts and wiring are in proper order and this Corvette runs as well as it looks. The 1962 Corvette is a timeless design that represents a unique era in automotive styling. This exampleís performance, dedication to authenticity, and tasteful color combination makes it an outstanding option for any collection looking to add a great Corvette. The collector world of Corvettes is one of precision and authenticity and this is a car that does not disappoint in its attention to both. With its attractive color and correct restoration, it is a car that truly demonstrates the unique history and heritage of Americanís most famous sports car.