1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $70,000-$90,000 US

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$77,000 Sold

360hp, 327 cu. in. fuel-injected V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A arms, leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

Although the first series cars of 1953 to 1955, introduced the Corvette to America, it was the second series, launched in 1956, which earned Corvette the title “ America ’ s Sports Car ” . The clean good looks of Harley Earl ’ s new body struck a chord with the American public, and the new design was soon outselling the older style by a margin of three to one.

Corvette styling was significantly updated in 1961, which included a new and tidier rear end design with revised trim and four taillights. At the front of the car, the aggressive chrome teeth of the earlier models were replaced with a stylish fine mesh. This less decorative look was carried through 1962 and taken one step further with the elimination of a number of chrome accents and the revision of others.

When first introduced, the Corvettes had a straight six; it took three model years before the first V8 (162hp) was offered. By 1962, engine options offered buyers a range from 230 to 360 horsepower, the latter being the legendary 327 cubic inch fuel-injected V8.

The Chevrolet Corvette Roadster offered here was acquired by Mr. Wiseman in the mid-1980s fresh from a full cosmetic restoration. At the time, the car no longer had its original fuel-injection setup, having been replaced with a more conventional carbureted fuel delivery system. After an exhaustive search, a proper fuel-injection setup was found and fitted under the hood and the Corvette was treated to a complete mechanical restoration, with the aim of making it a competent and reliable driver. As a result, the engine was blueprinted, the four-speed transmission was rebuilt and the radiator was fitted with an electric fan.

Mr. Wiseman enjoyed driving the fuel-injected Corvette for a number of years and maintains that it is an outstanding driver. Just last year the Corvette was treated to its second restoration which included a complete repaint, the replacement of some trim pieces and a thorough detailing.

Finished in the correct original shade of red with an all red interior, this fuel-injected roadster is a prime example from the last year of the second generation Corvettes. Aside from its electric cooling fan, it remains highly period correct, visually impressive and mechanically sorted – this example begs to be driven.

Reference Number 15068

as of 11/5/2007

Car 1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster
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