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Lot 23
1962 Chevrolet Corvette 'Fuelie' Roadster

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1962 Chevrolet  Corvette 'Fuelie' Roadster

CHASSIS NO: 20867S112535

• Bloomington Gold® Certified, NCRS Top Flight, Gold Spinner
• Triple Crown Award Winner
• Documented numbers matching example
• Top-of-the-line factory fuel-injected engine
• Comprehensive, correct, documented show quality restoration
• Highly desirable black over red color scheme
• Final iteration of the first-generation Corvette

327 cid OHV V-8 engine with Rochester Ramjet fuel injection, 360 HP, T-10 four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, unequal length wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, live axle rear suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs and tubular shock absorbers, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”

Many car enthusiasts consider the 1960s the golden age of high-performance cars. No car did more to usher in that era than the Chevrolet Corvette. Starting in 1955, the Corvette was offered with a V-8 engine. From then on, there was no looking back – the Corvette has carried the banner for American sporting cars, almost without interruption through to the present day. In many important ways, in 1962 marked beginning of the Bill Mitchell Era in Corvette styling. Use of chrome on the Corvette had been on the decline since its high point in 1958 and, by 1962, its use was relatively minimal. The curvaceous rear quarter panels and color contrasting-colored side scallops of earlier Corvettes were now gone, replaced with the muscular haunches and quad-taillights that preceded Larry Shinoda’s forthcoming sensational Stingray.

New for the Corvette in 1962 was the 327 cubic-inch V-8, which replaced the venerable 283 in all Corvettes. With the optional fuel-injection and solid lifters, up to 360 horsepower was on tap, offering proof that the horsepower race of the ’60s was well on its way. The Corvette’s base price topped $4,000 for the first time. Surprisingly, the car weighed the same in 1962 as it did in 1953, despite being fitted with more equipment and structural reinforcements to improve rigidity. This was done by eliminating the unnecessary bulk in the layers of the fiberglass skin, in what would become the final version of the first-generation Corvette.

This exceptional 1962 Corvette is a documented standard-bearer for the model. Restoration work on this car was undertaken with the utmost concern for factory-correct detail and it has been judged and Bloomington Gold® Certified. Furthermore, this Corvette has been the recipient of multiple awards by the National Corvette Restorers Society. In addition to the Bloomington Gold® Certification, it has captured the NCRS Top Flight award, as well as the Chevy/Vettefest Nationals Golden Spinner, thereby making it eligible and awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Corvette: The Triple Crown award. Finished strikingly in Tuxedo Black, the paint on this show-winning Corvette is correct and accurately replicates the standards of its original application in period. The interior, appointed tastefully in the factory contrasting red color, maintains the same attention to detail to factory-correctness present elsewhere on the car, and the proper materials are present throughout. This final iteration of the first-generation Corvette, with its top-of the line fuel-injected engine, captivating color scheme, and recipient of the highest awards a Corvette can receive, is simply the best of the best.

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