THE INCREDIBLE 1962 CHEVROLET CUSTOM ROADSTER


Publish date: 2016-05-20 11:10:00
1962 CHEVROLET CUSTOM ROADSTER

After the warm response of the public to the concept car. In 1953, Corvette was introduced by Chevrolet. With six-cylinder engine and rushed production the Corvette had a struggle in its starting year because they failed to fulfil the public’s expectations.

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The first generation had a slight improvements and their production was ended with the 1962 year model.

The 1962 Corvette boasted a small-block V-8 enlarged to 327 cubic inches in four versions offering 250 bhp to a thundering 360. It was powerful, yet retained the charm of the original roadster. Here are the specifications for the 1962 Corvette.

1962 CHEVROLET CUSTOM ROADSTER engine

If the 1961 Corvette was good, the 1962 Corvette was even better. With still more power and even cleaner looks, it ranks as perhaps the most desirable Corvette between 1957 and 1963. The car’s base price broke the $4,000 barrier for the first time, at $4,038. A heater was finally made standard for 1962, more than negating the price increase over the previous year’s model, but it could be deleted if so desired, which was intended for racing purposes.

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Under the hood, the 283 engine was bored and stroked to bring its cylinder dimensions to 4.00 × 3.25 inches and displacement up to 327 cid. The small-block V-8 would continue in this form as the Corvette’s main muscle through 1965. And muscular it was. Even the base 327 pumped out 250 bhp, and in top form could generate an explosive 360 bhp. The deeper-breathing 327 block necessitated a small but important change in the Rochester fuel-injection system, and heavier-duty bearings, larger ports, and a longer duration camshaft were fitted to all but the base 250-bhp engine. The solid-lifter Duntov cam was now specified for the most potent of the three carburetted engines, now up to 340 bhp (as well as continuing in the top fuelled). Both of these ran tight 11.25:1 compression, versus 10.5:1 for the base and step-up 300-bhp engines. The latter two were perhaps the best choices for all-around use, offering more than enough power plus the simplicity and easy maintenance of hydraulic tappets and a single four-barrel carburettor.

1962 CHEVROLET CUSTOM ROADSTER dashboard

This car is being display with no reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, Lot 394 has been modified by vintage fabrication. In Kansas City it is an award-winning shop. With an engine of Chevy LS2 and has a Magnuson supercharger and is rated to yield 600 horsepower. This car has an old-style valve covers and has its coil packs removed in order to give the engine a vintage look. The LS2 has been associated with Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox.

The 1962 Corvette marked the end of an era for America’s sports car, with the first completely new model in its history now a mere model year away. Still, the 1962 was a transitional model in that it introduced the venerable 327 V-8, which would be carried over to the new design. While the car harkened back to its roots as a 1953 introduction, thanks to Bill Mitchell, Zora Arkus-Duntov, and company, the 1962 was faster, handled better, looked handsomer, and was more civilized than any previous Corvette, but retained much of the charm of the original roadster concept. Sales on the year jumped by nearly 40% to 14,531 units, and the Corvette was firmly in the black as far as GM’s bottom line was concerned.

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