Closing out that pivotal first generation of Chevy's true American sports car, this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible benefited from all the aesthetic and mechanical upgrades that came along over the years since the model first debuted. It's loyally served just one owner over the past 30 plus years and has been both thoroughly restored and attentively maintained - you'd be hard pressed to find a more impressive representative of its generation.
Not surprisingly, considering the considerable cool Corvettes were already equipped with upon hitting the showrooms, this specimen remains in consistently factory configuration. Its exterior wears a shade that's within a stone's throw of the Roman Red on the 1962 color chart and is looking strong, with its shine fully intact and no distracting blemishes in sight. Corvettes from this era wore an appealing collection of exterior chrome, and all of it on this one - from the curved grille and front bumper all the way back - is in consistently nice shape, yet another sign that the car has been securely sheltered. Spin around to the back and you'll notice the pair of double taillights, a feature that was added just the year before this Chevy rolled out. They became a defining styling cue for the model and still grace its descendants to this day. Should the weather ever fail to cooperate with your open-air motoring intentions, there's a black vinyl convertible top included that's well fitted and features a clear plastic window for good visibility.
The black vinyl interior illustrates that Chevy had already hit its stride as far as equipping its prized model with inspired driving environments. Its been refurbished to high standards while holding onto its original appearance and, with features like its extensive, aeronautically inspired array of instrumentation and chrome accenting surrounding its signature sizable analog clock, competing auto makers had to have considered its aesthetic supremacy a foregone conclusion as they scrambled to catch up. The low-backed buckets, as well as the door panels they're bracketed by, look fresh - the hardware on those panels includes switches to operate the power windows, a feature that continues to function just as intended. In back, the trunk area is surprisingly spacious and in very clean condition.
The engine compartment has been well maintained, like everything else on this classic. At its center is a period correct 327 cubic inch V8. This small block would go on to be Chevy's preeminent small block for quite some time and it made its debut the very year this '62 first rolled out. The upgraded 4-barrel carb on top represents the only deviation from stock inside the compartment, and provides just a little extra muscle that's transferred to the asphalt via the smooth-shifting 4-speed manual transmission sitting just behind the motor. This is a rock-solid drivetrain- the 327 fires right up and runs strong and the clutch action is impressively smooth and precise for a car of this era. Power steering teams with the low, road hugging profile of this 'Vette to make for an exhilarating vintage driving experience, while power brakes that feature discs up front bring this to a stop in a hurry when needed. A set of 15” wire wheels with ultra-sharp red Chevy branded centers that are wrapped with Goodyear Eagle GTII tires add just the right finishing touch. Below, the undercarriage exceeds all expectations - it's in great shape and well positioned for plenty more miles of driving enjoyment.
First generation Corvettes aren't easy to come by, and this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, with its able drivetrain and well-configured appearance, is an outstanding example of the model during this era. Call today!