Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
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.
Our consigner states this car had undergone a frame off restoration which as you can see right away it is well done. The initial owner who had the restoration done, actually never got the chance to drive it. So it went through a few hands and into the hands of the consigner who had enjoyed it and is now ready to move on. He states it drives great, (which we verified this!), and does not burn oil. It has an all numbers matching drivetrain and shows and works famously.
A deep red now covers the 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 with 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 stretching 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 presented wrapped by medium white banded tires.
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 new, in the original styling, 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 fronts a great dash that sports molded deep cowl red surrounding silver and black face round gauges, clustered around an arched speedometer as its movie star. Just a great looking dash, includes a centrally located tachometer, 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 Wonder Bar radio, restored to the original, is in the center of the dash, and just above is the cool dash mounted rear view mirror. A central vertical stain aluminum 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. It is red and has a peppering of black loops throughout and sports some badged black protecting floor mats.
Though technically the same engine block as the 283ci V8, 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 2-speed Powerglide transmission is strapped behind this engine, and reminder all are numbers matching. A 3.36:1 rear axle provides quick starting off the line and is also original to this car with a CA stamping code.
Wonderfully preserved, all original suspension, steering and drum brakes all around, no rust seen, and just beautifully restored from the frame off. Frame is very solid, and all fiberglass floor pans are in very good condition. Stainless steel mufflers are now on, and the piping is snaking rearward from the 327 and looking great doing so!
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 a
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