The Chevrolet Corvette, which is colloquially referred to as the Vette, is a sports coupe manufactured by the renowned automobile division of General Motors, Chevrolet. The car has been manufactured through seven generations. The first model of the Chevrolet Corvette, which was a convertible, was launched at the 1953 GM Motorama as a concept show coupe at the Auto Show in New York.
The 1961 Corvette models were technically still a branch of the first-generation solid axle Corvette models or the first generation of C1. However, they were substantially changed from the 1956 model cars. The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was a two-door convertible that was released with many changes in the interior and exterior design. A total of 14,531 units were constructed during 1962.
The most notable change in the front fascia was the grille. The grille teeth were eliminated and it was offered with a fresh black grill with the chrome border. The rear part of the vehicle came with a fresh design that was equipped with a very different new back end treatment with four round tail lamps. It was actually carried over into the all-fresh 1963 Sting Ray design, as did the replacement of an alternator, rather than a generator. The Chevrolet Corvette 1962 was the last Vette, as well, to carry exposed headlamps pending the 2005 model. Another feature that was to carry over to the all-fresh 1963 Sting Ray was the adored 327 cubic inch petite block V8. The 1962 version of Corvette was the last model with a solid-back-axle suspension that was employed from the beginning.
This model vehicle came with optional features, such as:
RPO 687 durable brakes and steering.
24-gallon capacity fuel tank.
Wheels of size 15×5.5.
Power convertible top.
The 1962 model was constructed with the body length of 177.2 inches with the wheelbase length of 102 inches and with the curb weight of 3060 pounds (approx 1391 kg).
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Interior
The legendary Corvette was offered with the same interior features as those of its predecessor. However, it experienced some minor tweaks and some most modern interior styling were provided to the vehicle according to the needs of the then buyers. As a result, it came equipped with the then popular interior elements that include:
March pulley system.
Vintage air conditioning.
Custom leather interior.
Ididit steering column.
Power Rack-N-pinion steering.
Dakota dashboard and gauges.
Aftermarket concealed stereo system.
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Engine
The 1962 Vette was offered with two novel engines, which were quicker, as well, when compared to those of the earlier model. The vehicle came equipped with a (5.4 L) V8 engine with the displacement of 327 cubic inches, which was tuned in four different levels to offer the vehicle four diverse power outputs. The first tuned engine offers the vehicle the highest power output of 250 ponies, whereas the next three tuned levels offer the maximum power output of 300 ponies, 340 ponies, and 360 ponies respectively.
Hydraulic valve lifters were employed in the base 250-pony engine that was offered as standard and in the 300-pony engines, which was offered as an option. On the other hand, the carbureted 340-pony engine and the fuel-injected 360-pony engine were offered with solid lifters as an option.
All Vette engines and transmissions(1952-63) (source wikipedia.org):
235 cu in (3.9 L) Blue Flame I6
265 cu in (4.3 L) Small-block V8
283 cu in (4.6 L) Small-block V8
327 cu in (5.4 L) Small-block V8
2-speed Powerglide automatic
Base price and release date
Although the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette release date is not exactly known, the vehicle was sold at a base price of $4,038. Today price goes up to $200,000.
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