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The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 202

1962 Chevrolet Corvette 'Fuel-Injected' Convertible

$70,400 USD | Sold

United States | Grapevine, Texas

20 October 2012


Chassis No.
Engine No.
20867S114487
2114487 F0702RF
Addendum: Please note that contrary to the catalog description, the NCRS judging sheets and restoration documentation could not be located and therefore do not accompany the sale. For additional information please consult an RM Specialist.

360 hp, 327 cu. in. fuel-injected V-8, four-speed transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, leaf spring live axle rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

Launched in 1956, it was the second series cars that earned Corvette the title of “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, even at its peak, by a margin of three to one. The big news from Corvette in 1962, which represented the final year of the first-generation models with solid rear axles, was the enlarged 327-cubic inch V-8. This 15 percent increase in engine displacement brought with it a meaningful jump in both horsepower and torque, rendering the Corvette even easier and more fun to drive. The Corvette gained a competitive edge on the racetrack, and it was a winner on the sales floor as well, with 1962 sales fully one-third higher than 1961 levels.

Under Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Corvette team had plenty of high-performance parts under the shelf to support the growing number of racers, even as they worked feverishly on the upcoming Sting Ray. In 1962, the most-powerful Corvette engine was the regular production, order number 582, fuel-injected 327 V-8, now offered in just one very highly developed state of tune with a hot solid-lifter camshaft, free-breathing cylinder heads, and the proven Rochester mechanical fuel-injection unit. Amazingly, 1,918 Corvette buyers, representing 13 percent of total production, opted for this relatively expensive option in 1962, paying an additional $484.20 to enjoy the growing mystique and performance of the “fuelie.”

Restored with the body off the frame, this is one of few fuel-injected Corvettes in the collection, and certainly one of the best. The restoration efforts were rewarded with an NCRS Top-Flight Award, with the judging records included with the vehicle. It retains the correct RF code, numbers matching, 360 horsepower, fuel-injected 327 engine. Other features include a hardtop with a power soft top, a Wonderbar radio, and a 3:70 posi-traction rear axle. Pictures and receipts of restoration are also on file and make this Corvette wonderfully complete.

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