1962 marked the final year of production for the first-generation Chevy Corvette. Two-tone paint was no longer available, the polished stainless trim was gone from the side coves, as were the simulated cove vents and triple spears, replaced by a single black louver. Thin stripe whitewall tires were optional for the first time. 1962 was the last year for a conventional trunk on a Corvette until the introduction of the C5 convertible in 1998.
Displacement for the 1962 Chevy Corvette increased from 283 cubic inches to 327, but dual carburetion was no longer available. 250- and 300-horsepower engines wore painted steel valve covers, while 340- and 360-horsepower engines had seven-fin cast aluminum valve covers. All 1962 Corvettes received aluminum cross-flow radiators with aluminum overflow tanks. 1962 would be the final year for electric generators, and solid rear axles.
Our feature 1962 Chevy Corvette is the lowest-mile, most original example extant. It shows just 12,014 documented miles on the odometer, and has received the NCRS Duntov Award, NCRS Five Star Bowtie Preservation Excellence Award (believed to be the only first generation Corvette to win both), NCRS Top Flight Awards, NCRS Special Interest Award, and Bloomington Gold Benchmark. The Corvette was part of the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Special Display, and 2021 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance Preservation Award Winner, the only first-generation Corvette to receive this award. It is a benchmark example used to train Corvette judges and to document C1 production details.
This Chevy Corvette is unrestored, meticulously preserved in its factory Roman Red paint with matching hardtop (it is a hardtop-only car) over a red vinyl interior. It is powered by the matching-numbers 340-horsepower 327 backed by a four-speed manual BorgWarner gearbox. The Corvette is equipped with a 3.70 Positraction rear differential, Off Road exhaust, whitewall tires, and a Wonderbar Signal Seeking AM radio.
The sale of this stunningly original 1962 Chevy Corvette includes the original spare, jack, mat and tools, original factory paperwork, dealer paperwork, original window sticker, owner’s manual with paper sleeve, seat belt instruction card, warranty brochure, warranty explanation brochure, Wonderbar radio instruction, a three-ring binder full of documentation, full detailed ownership history, magazine ad, twelve original issues of Corvette News Magazine, Corvette jacket patches, lapel pin, dealer key case, all of the NCRS and Bloomington Gold awards, ribbons, plaques, judging event applications, judging sheets, magazine coverage, and related materials in additional three-ring binders.
This remarkable 1962 Chevy Corvette will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Kissimmee, Florida event taking place January 2nd through the 14th 2024.