Representing the last year of the "C1" (Corvette, 1st generation), the 1962 Corvette is special for a few other reasons. That year also marked the debut of the iconic 327 V8, which replaced the 283 and offered even stronger performance than its well respected predecessor. The styling was also refined as it was now monochromatic and more cohesive with the de-chromed character lines on the front fenders and doors now matching those on the rear quarters. The incredible 1962 Corvette we have here is a one owner, nearly all-original example. That single owner was a barber from the Lancaster, PA area who ordered the car from a local Chevy dealer. The car was oiled and maintained by that dealership since day one. Soon after taking delivery, the owner had some custom touches done to his taste. Highlights of those include the installation of wind wings, a pinstripe highlighting the side coves, the triple taillights (a popular custom upgrade back in the ‘60s), a custom shift knob, a cockpit tonneau cover and his “B” initial on the rear deck. The Corvette boasts a no-hit body and the paint was never refinished. Indeed, there are a few areas that show the original primer, the result of six decades worth of polishing. We just had the exterior fully detailed at a cost of $822 and it presents as a very nice, driver-quality example. Underneath, you’ll note the rock solid original undercarriage and frame. This is a “two top” car. The soft top was replaced sometime in the mid-1980s and still presents well, while the original “auxiliary” hardtop is still in beautiful condition. The 327 V8 is original and numbers matching. It’s also a very desirable specification, being the optional, high-performance 340-horsepower version. That “born with” engine was rather tired, so we treated it to a full rebuild. Highlights of that overhaul include a 0.40 overbore with new pistons, rings and bearings, 10/10 on the rod and main bearings, installation of the high-performance “30-30” camshaft with solid lifters, a new oil pump, Fel-pro gaskets and a rebuilding the original starter and original Carter carburetor. The 327 was fully detailed before being reinstalled back in the clean engine bay. A new “Off-Road” exhaust system provides a great soundtrack. That powerhouse is matched to the original 4-speed manual gearbox that sends the power to a 3.08-geared Positraction rear end. While we were rebuilding the engine we also went through the transmission and installed a new clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing and resurfaced the original flywheel. We also went through the suspension and brakes, treating the car to new front king pins, a complete brake servicing and a new pair of GM rear shock absorbers. Inside this C2, the dash, door panels, upholstery and carpet are in excellent condition. The seats were reupholstered with high-quality and well-known “Al Knoch” seat foams and covers. The original AM radio remains with the car while inside the trunk still resides the original trunk mat and jack assembly. Original documentation on this Corvette is incredible, as the car’s file contains the original title, sales brochure, purchase agreement, window sticker and bill of sale. Please call Carroll Street Auto at (603) 627-5595 for further information or to schedule time to view this sharp 1962 Corvette. Financing is offered through our approved lender, trades are welcome and enclosed shipping can be arranged.
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