Lot 32
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster


Selling on Wednesday

CHASSIS NO: 20867S112200

• A fully restored, numbers matching example in excellent condition
• Just 14,531 produced in the last year of the solid axle Vette
• “Better than new” fit and finish throughout
• Freshly and accurately restored drivetrain completed by experts

327 cid V-8 engine, 245 HP, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”

Even though the 1962 is considered one of the greatest of all C1 Corvettes, the perception that it was “Transitional” was not completely unwarranted. In 1962, Zora Duntov stated that the 1992 Corvette’s new 327 cubic-inch engine would be the last time the Corvette’s power would be increased - in that chassis, anyway. Zora certainly made good on that the public relations promise of “added excitement for those wishing the ultimate in performance.” As the penultimate version of the C1 Corvette, the 1962s offer collectors noticeably more low-end torque while retaining much of the classic styling that began the Corvette’s long run as America’s #1 sports car in 1954. The 1962, Corvettes were offered in solid colors only, as GM was already planning the introduction of the new Sting Ray body style for 1963. The ’62s are easy to spot as the grille is actually blacked out and the chrome trim around the coves was removed, along with the obvious quad headlamps. For the first time since 1957, buyers could order color-coded wheels and full hubcaps featured on this car, and for the first time, seat belts were standard equipment from the factory. The heater/defroster became standard equipment this year, as this car is presented, although they could be deleted to save the weight for owners who were buying the car to race it. The original purchaser also ordered the Wonderbar AM radio and console-mounted clock. While visually correct, the owner reports the radio was replaced with a non-tube version for modern reliability and reception.

The consignor of this lovely Corvette has a special connection with the car - as a young man, he was invited to be on a pit crew at the legendary Sebring Raceway, supporting a 1962 Corvette race car. It certainly started a long relationship with “America’s Sportscar”, as he’s owned quite a few since. The car was cosmetically restored less than 2,000 miles ago, with all new chrome and the correct Roman Red paint finish and, today, it shows far better than the day it left Detroit. The panel fit is exceptional, the paint application is stellar, and the tan soft top is just like new for a superb presentation throughout. Top to bottom, this fine 1962 is fully ready for your next road trip or concours event.

The original hydraulic lifter engine block, transmission, and rear end were completely restored just a few hundred miles ago and, with a modern version of the Duntov cam and a big four-barrel carburetor, the consignor reports the car has quite a bit more punch than it ever had during its first life. Pop the hood, and it’s clean and pure stock, with all the proper belts, hoses, and fasteners that Corvette enthusiasts will look for. Inside, the new owner will enjoy the fresh new upholstery, excellent clean carpets and brand-new mats inside the comfortable cockpit. It’s a like-new clean California car that has obviously been cherished and cared for by all its owners for a very long time. Visually stock and in immaculate condition, it’s clearly one of the best you’ll find, and the lucky new owner has nothing to do but turn the key and enjoy the accolades he or she is certain to receive everywhere they drive.