1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
General Motors designer Harley Earl is credited with convincing GM to build a two-seat sports car for the American market.
Launched in 1953, the resulting Chevrolet Corvette quickly earned the mantle of “America’s Sport’s Car” and the model is still produced today.
1962 was the final year of the original “C1” series of cars and is considered by many experts to mark a high point in the 52-year history of the model.
The 1962 model represents the "Best of Both Worlds." Not only was it the last Vette based on the original “sports car” platform and the last of the "straight axle" cars, but it was equipped with the newly-available 327 ci engine and the 283 ci was retired. The Chevrolet 327 ci engine is credited by many as being the best small block V8 ever made.
The front of the car continued the twin headlight treatment as per the evolution of the C1 series, whereas the rear introduced the “Stingray” look that would be carried through on the car right through until 1967.
The cars were offered in solid colours only, the grill was blacked out and the chrome trim from around the trims was removed. For the first time, seat belts were standard equipment from the factory and it was the last year of the useful external trunk and exposed headlights.
The 1962 Corvette was the ideal combination of brawn and beauty.
This is an outstanding example of this marque in incredible condition.
Having been coveted for by its previous US owner for over 40 years, the car has a large amount of documentation and has required little to get its Roadworthy Certificate in Australia.
Finished in Roman Red with matching red interior, the paint quality is second to none.
All panel gaps are laser straight and the interior is immaculate.
This is a numbers - matching Corvette that sports both a white soft top and original red hard top.
The car retains many of its original features including the original chassis stamping in factory red paint. All gauges and electrics work including the radio. The car has brand new Uniroyal white wall tyres.
The engine is strong, the manual transmission smooth and the brakes have been just re-done.
The car is a joy to drive: smooth and quiet at cruising speed, but savage and powerful when pushed hard with a glorious V8 exhaust note.
This car just won “Best Corvette” at Super Chevy Sunday #26 in South Australia in February 2019. It was the first time the car had been shown anywhere and more awards will follow for the lucky owner.
**UPDATE** This car just won "Best Original Vehicle" in April 2019 at the Rock n Roll Rendezvous at the National Motor Museum.
Two times judged, two times won.
Quality C1 Corvettes are rare in Australia and becoming very hard to find in the US. Be quick.
ENGINE: V8 – 327 Cubic Inch
FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Carter 4 Barrell Carburettor
TRANSMISSION: 4-speed manual
PAINT: Roman Red
TRIM: Red Vinyl with White Soft Top and Red Hard Top