1962 marked the end of the run for the 1stgeneration of America’s sports car. Many believe the 1962 Corvette to indeed be the finest of the generation, with its new 327ci engine and refined styling. The 1962 benefitted from the 10 year development of the Corvette since its introduction in 1953. The 1962 was faster, handled better, looked handsomer, and was more civilized than any previous Corvette, while still retaining much of the charm of the original 1953 roadster.
The 1962 Corvette being offered for sale here is truly a rare piece, one of one, painted at the factory in Autumn Gold, which was Chevy’s 50th Anniversary color in 1962; but, not a color option available for the 1962 Corvette. The color was strictly a passenger car color option. This sole Corvette received the Anniversary color, from the factory, as a COPO (Central Office Production Order).
Aside from being extremely rare, this 1962 is an absolutely stunning example of the 1962 model. The car has an extremely limited and known owner history. It is being offered for sale by the third owner of record. The second owner only had the car for one month; so, essentially this is a two owner car.
This 1962 Corvette comes with a 250 hp engine and a Powerglide transmission to offer care free cruising drivability without sacrificing the performance one expects from America’s sportscar. Car and Driver in the Dec. 1962 issue comparing the 1962 model with the 360hp Fuel injected option and a 4-Speed manual transmission and the 250hp engine with the Powerglide automatic transmission offered the following observation:
When we jumped out of this injected bombshell (360hp FI 4-Speed) into the basic Powerglide Corvette, we expected quite a comedown in performance; we were amazed at how little difference there was. Sixty in 8.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 16.8 is, after all, not waiting around. Doing this by merely stepping down and holding on offers its own peculiar pleasure, as the solid V8 bites into higher and higher speeds with its distinctive hard, metallic wail. As a comfortable cross-country tourer, the Powerglide Corvette offers a high pleasure quotient.
This is a well documented original car, which has an extensive judging history attesting to its quality over the years. Before having a 3 year body-off restoration, by noted Corvette restorer Tim Mickey, which was completed in 2007, the car had achieved numerous NCRS Top Flight Awards and received the NCRS Founders Award. Since the completion of the 2007 restoration, the car received a Top Flight Award with a score of 97+ at the Boston NCRS Regional, passed Performance Verification, on its first attempt, at the Gettysburg Regional and received a Top Flight award, with a score of 99, at the 2010 National Convention in Charlotte, NC, where it earned the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence. This is simply a 1962 Corvette of the absolute highest quality in a class of its own for the discriminating buyer who wants a true Corvette of distinction.
The car comes with a complete binder of history, from the original owner, including sales contract, window sticker, finance and insurance information, title, and NCRS articles written on the car. Also accompanying the car is a comprehensive C/D of photographs documenting the 3 year restoration as well as over $150,000 of restoration receipts.
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An opportunity to see the car in person can be arranged by calling Mark 609-306-1631 (10am-8pm EST)