1962 C1 Corvette

1962 C1 Corvette Overview

With the creative influences of such incredible engineering talents as Edward Cole, Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell behind it, the C1 Corvette had emerged as an American classic, but one that was ready to undergo a transformation into something completely new and exciting.1962 C1 Corvette Overview

In fact, with the second-generation Corvette now just one model year away, there were few within Chevrolet who did not view the 1962 Corvette as anything other than a transitional model between the classic styling of the C1 roadster and the far more competitive and edgy lines of the next generation Corvette.

The 1962 model year represents the end of an era for the Chevrolet Corvette.  Over the course of ten years, the Corvette had evolved from Harley Earl’s conceptual two-seat sports car – a car that was initially plagued with design and performance deficiencies – into a vehicle that rivaled sports cars around the world with an unabashed reputation for performance and fun.

Model: 1962 Corvette
Generation: C1 Corvette
Type: 2 Door Convertible
Available Colors: Tuxedo Black, Roman Red, Almond Beige, Honduras Maroon, Fawn Beige, Ermine White, Sateen Silver
Engine: 327 ci ohv V-8 (fuel injected or carbureted) – multiple-horsepower options available
VIN: 20867S100001 – 20867S114531
Transmission: 3-speed manual (standard), 4-speed manual (optional), 2-speed Powerglide (optional)
Original Price: $4038.00
Units Produced: 14,531
Full Spec List 1962 Corvette Complete Specs
The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette
The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette

Despite the fact that the 1962 is considered one of the greatest of all the C1 Corvettes, the perception that the 1962 Corvette was “transitional” was not completely unwarranted.

For one, the ‘62 Corvette was the first model year to incorporate the 327 cubic inch V-8 engine in place of the smaller 283 cubic inch engine.

Though technically the same engine block as the 283, the smaller engine was bored and stroked to bring its cylinder dimensions to 4.00 x 3.25 inches and it’s displacement up to 327 cubic inches.
While this larger engine would certainly produce more horsepower, there were other changes that would have to be incorporated first to ensure that the engine could receive the air and fuel it would need to run as it was meant to.

Corbette 327 Cubic Inch OHV V-8 Engine
The 327 Cubic Inch OHV V-8 Engine

A small but significant change was made to the Rochester fuel injection system that allowed more air/fuel to pass through it which helped to feed the “deeper-breathing” 327 small block.  In addition, heavier duty bearings, larger ports and a longer duration camshaft were fitted to the base 250-bhp engine.  Duntov’s solid-lifter camshaft was now a standard spec for the most powerful of the three carbureted engines – an engine that would be officially rated as producing 340 horsepower.

The Duntov cam would also be placed in the top “fuelie” (fuel-injected) engine that year.Both of the engines sporting Duntov cams ran a tight 11.25:1 compression ratio, which was a considerable step up from the base level and mid level 300 horsepower engines, which ran a more conventional 10.5:1 compression.

Of these engines, the lower end engines were actually considered the best choice for an all purpose Corvette.  They offered the driver enough power to satisfy his (or her) lust for speed and performance while remaining simple enough that they provided easy maintenance and repair.

DID YOU KNOW: The conventional trunk design of the 1962 Corvette was the last model to include it for many years. The models that followed had no external rear storage access until 1982 when a special “collector’s edition” Corvette featured a hatch window which allowed access to the rear storage compartment area. Still, a trunk comparable to the 1962’s did not re-appear until the introduction of the C5 Corvette Convertible in 1998.

Gone forever from the 1962 (and all future models) Corvette was the troublesome twin four-barrel Carter carburetors.  These were replaced by a more powerful, single four barrel Carter carburetor.

While these top two versions of the new 327 engine proved to provide a consistent improvement in power over its predecessor, the peak of its power curve occurred at the engine’s top end while it turned some 6,000 rpm – which was considered incredibly fast at that time for a pushrod power plant.  Of the smaller engines, peak power was achieved at 4,400 rpm (the 250 horsepower engine) and at 5,000 rpm (the 300 horsepower engine).

Of all these engines, only the last two were made available with the optional Powerglide automatic transmission.  Like the four speed manual in 1961, the Powerglide was fitted with a weight-reducing aluminum case, which helped improve performance and decreased the overall weight of the car.

1962 Corvette
The 1962 Corvette’s coves. Note the absence of chrome and the matching paint color.

While the jump to a V-8 in the 1950’s had proved pivotal to the Corvette’s ultimate success and sustainability, nobody could have imagined the impact that the introduction of the 327 V-8 would have on the last of the C1 Corvettes.  The larger 327 V-8 produced power and torque that was unparalleled with anything seen prior to its emergence as the primary power plant of the 62 Corvette.  This new ‘Vette, when equipped with a four speed and fuel injection, could regularly run the quarter mile in under fifteen (15) seconds and achieve speeds in excess of 100 mile per hour while doing so.

Of course, as with each of the several different iterations of the C1 Corvette before it, the 1962 Corvette did undergo more than just a mechanical overhaul.  Though the overall appearance of the ‘62 remained faithful to the styling of Harley Earl’s earlier models, this new Corvette was, and remains, one of the most desirable of all the C1 models.

While it’s styling was beginning to look a bit dated as it moved into it’s second decade of existence, this final variation was stripped of any of the remaining excesses that had plagued it’s earlier counterparts.

The most obvious of these deletions was the removal of the chrome outlines that had framed the body side coves since 1956.   Further, the chrome accent spears (that had accentuated the side vents within the coves) were also removed, replaced instead by more conservative aluminum blades that were finished in black.  Another omission which added to the more cohesive look of the car was the deletion of the option to have the coves painted in a different color than the rest of the car.

1962 Corvette
The 1962 Corvette was the only C1 ‘Vette to feature narrow band white wall tires and chrome rocker panels.

Other subtle changes also helped to give the 1962 Corvette a more unified appearance.  Like the side spears in the coves, the silver mesh grille and its flanking cutouts were now finished in black, as was the background of the trunk lid medallion.

Following one of the most popular automotive styling trends of the era, the ’62 Corvette was fitted with narrow-band white wall tires.

They mated perfectly with the new Corvette and only helped to enhance its sleek, nearly minimalist appearance.  In fact, the only place where any form of decoration was actually added was to the rocker panels, which were newly adorned with ribbed anodized-aluminum moldings.

The 1962 Corvette.
The 1962 Corvette.

Despite it’s origins and it’s undeniable ties to the very first Corvette, the 1962 was faster, handled better, was more physically appealing, and was the most completely realized and most civilized of any Corvette made to date, though it continued to retain much of the pioneering imagination that made Harley Earl’s 1953 concept car such a triumph at it’s unveiling during the 1953 Motorama.

Sales of the 1962 Corvette jumped by nearly 40 percent from the previous year, with total sales of 14,531 units, pushing the Corvette firmly “into the black” on General Motors financial bottom line.

For those early pioneers of the Corvette – Cole, Duntov, and Mitchell – this came as a huge relief.  After all, they (like Harley Earl (before his retirement)), were the ones who fought to keep the Corvette program alive during its darkest days.

Of course, getting to this point was only half the battle.  Now that they had achieved solid financial success with the C1 Corvette platform, it was imperative that they bring Corvette forward into its next iteration and, in so doing, take the car to even greater successes.

Little did any of them realize just how successful Corvette was about to become.

See full 1962 Corvette Image Gallery

See Also 

C1 ’53 54 ’55 ’56 ’57 ’58 ’59 ’60 ’61 ’62
Gen C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7

1962 Corvette – Specifications

1962 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door convertible, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: St. Louis, Missouri
CONSTRUCTION: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP or “fiberglass”) body, steel frame with steel and chrome structural & chassis components.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): 20867S100001 – 20867S114531
VIN PREFIX: RC: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
RD: 327 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
RE: 327 CUBIC INCH, 340 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
RF: 327 CUBIC INCH, 360 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
SC: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250 HORSEPOWER, POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
SD: 327 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER, POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 3782870
HEAD NUMBER: 3782461: 327 CUBIC INCH, 300HP, 340HP, 360HP
3795896: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250HP
3884520: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250HP
CARBURETOR NUMBERS: CARTER 3190S #3788245: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250HP, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
CARTER 3191S #3788246: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250HP
CARTER 3310S #3819207: 327 CUBIC INCH, 300HP, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
CARTER 3269S #3797699: 327 CUBIC INCH, 300HP MANUAL TRANSMISSION, 340HP
FUEL INJECTION NUMBER: ROCHESTER 7017355
ROCHESTER 7017360
DISTRIBUTOR NUMBER: 1110984: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250HP, 300HP
1110985: 327 CUBIC INCH, 340HP
1110990: 327 CUBIC INCH, 360HP
1111011: 327 CUBIC INCH, 360HP
GENERATOR NUMBER: 1102174: 327 CUBIC INCH, 250HP, 300HP
1102268: 327 CUBIC INCH, 340HP, 360HP
AXLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER CA: 3-SPD, 4-SPD, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, (3.36:1 RATIO)
CG: 4-SPD, (3.70:1)
PRODUCTION ENDING VEHICLE: AUG. 1961: 100443, SEP. 1961: 100827, OCT. 1961: 102065, NOV. 1961:103465, DEC. 1961:104766, JAN. 1962: 106234, FEB. 1962: 107585, MAR. 1962: 109116, APR. 1962: 110519, MAY 1962: 112035, JUN. 1962: 113459, JUL. 1962: 114520, AUG. 1962: 114531

1962 Corvette

1962 Corvette Price & Options

CODE DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
867 Base Corvette Convertible 14,531 $4,038.00
102 AM Radio, signal seeking 13,076 $137.75
203 Rear Axle, 3.08:1 Ratio $0.00
242 Positive Crankcase Ventilation (California) $5.40
276 Wheels, 15 x 5.5 (5) 561 $0.00
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,532 $199.10
396 327ci, 340HP Engine (4-Barrel Carburetor) 4,412 $107.60
419 Auxillary Hardtop 8,074 $236.75
426 Power Windows 995 $59.20
441 Direct Flow Exhaust System 2,934 $0.00
473 Power Operated Folding Top 350 $139.90
488 24 Gallon Fuel Tank 65 $118.40
582 327ci, 360HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 1,918 $484.20
583 327ci, 300HP Engine (4-Barrel Carburetor) 3,294 $53.80
675 Positraction Rear Axle 14,232 $43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 11,318 $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 2,799 $37.70
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering 246 $333.60
1832 Whitewall Tires, 6.70×15 $31.55
1833 Blackwall Tires, 6.70×15 nylon $15.70

1962 Corvette

1962 Corvette Exterior/Interior Colors

EXTERIOR SOFT TOP WHEELS INTERIOR
Tuxedo Black Black, White Black Black, Fawn, Red
Ermine White Black, White Black – White Black, Fawn, Red
Roman Red Black, White Black – Red Black, Fawn, Red
Sateen Silver Black, White Black – Silver Black, Red
Almond Beige Black, White Black – Almond Beige Fawn, Red
Fawn Beige Black, White Black – Fawn Beige Fawn, Red
Honduras Maroon Black, White Black – Maroon Black, Fawn

Exterior Color Templates

1962 Corvette Exterior Colors Interior Color Templates

1962 Corvette Interior Colors

1962 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Description 4-barrel Carb Large 4-barrel Carb Large 4-barrel Carb with Special Cam Fuel Injection with Special Cam
Name: Standard RPO 583 RPO 396 RPO 582
Type: 90 V 90 V 90 V 90 V
Number of Cylinders 8 8 8 8
Displacement (cid): 327 327 327 327
Horsepower (gross @ rpm): 250hp @ 4,400 300hp @ 5,000 340hp @ 6,000 360hp @ 6,000
Torque (lbs.-ft. @ rpm): 350 @ 2,800 360 @ 3,200 344 @ 4,000 352 @ 4,000
Bore Spacing (C/L to C/L) 4.4 inches 4.4 inches 4.4 inches 4.4 inches
Bore x stroke (in.): 4.00 x 3.25 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00 3.875 x 3.00
Redline (rpm):
Compression ratio: 10.5:1 10.5:1 11.25:1 11.25:1
Idle Speed (RPM) 500 in neutral (man. trans) 500 in neutral (man. trans) 500 in neutral (man. trans) 500 in neutral (man. trans)
Engine Weight (Dry);  –
Automatic
3 Speed Manual
4 Speed Manual
Firing Order: 18436572 18436572 18436572 18436572
Cylinder Number System;
Left Bank: 1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7 1-3-5-7
Right Bank: 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8 2-4-6-8
Recommended Fuel: 94-96 Premium Octane 94-96 Premium Octane 94-96 Premium Octane 94-96 Premium Octane
EPA Powerglide
EPA 4 Speed

1962 Corvette

Manual Transmission / Gear Ratios

Gear 3-Speed Close Ratio 4-Speed (RPO 685)
1st Gear: 2.47:1 2.20:1
2nd Gear: 1.53:1 1.66:1
3rd Gear: 1.00:1 1.31:1
4th Gear: N/A 1.00:1
Reverse: 2.80:1 2.26:1

 

Clutch Stats
Type Borg and Beck, dry plate, semi-centrifugal, coil spring
Spring Pressure (lbs) 1620 initial
Lining area (sq. in.) 90.68

Powerglide Automatic Transmission RPO 313/ Gear Ratios

Drive 1.76 and 1.00:1
Low 1.76:1
Reverse 1.76:1

1962 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

1962 C1 Corvette Exterior Dimensions - hardtop

Exterior Dimensions Hardtop
Wheelbase: 102 Inches
Overall Length: 176.7 Inches
Total Body Width: 70.4 Inches
Overall Height: 52.1 Inches
Front Track Width: 57 Inches
Rear Track Width: 59 Inches
Min. Ground Clearance 6.7 Inches

 

Interior Dimensions Hardtop
Headroom: 36.0 Inches
Shoulder Room: 49.4 Inches
Hip Room: 59.6 Inches
Leg Room: 46.4 Inches

1961 C1 Corvette Exterior Dimensions - softtop

Exterior Dimensions Softtop
Wheelbase: 102 Inches
Overall Length: 176.7 Inches
Total Body Width: 70.4 Inches
Overall Height: 52.2 Inches
Front Track Width: 57 Inches
Rear Track Width: 59 Inches
Min. Ground Clearance 6.7 Inches

 

Interior Dimensions Softtop
Headroom: 37.1 Inches
Shoulder Room: 49.4 Inches
Hip Room: 59.6 Inches
Leg Room: 46.4 Inches

 

Capacities Specs
Passenger Capacity: 2 Passengers
Curb Weight (LBS/KG):
w/3-Speed manual trans. 3,060
w/4-Speed manual trans. 3,075
w/Powerglide automatic 3,075
Hard Top: 55
Interior Passenger Volume (cu.ft):
Interior Trunk Volume (cu. ft): 12.09
Fuel Capacity (gallons): 16.4 (24 with RPO 488)
Engine Oil Capacity (qts.): 5 (capacity of crankcase less filter – refill)
Coolant Capacity (qts.): 16.5 (with heater)
Battery: 12 volt, 11 plates per cell, 61AH, Delco 1980558

1962 Corvette Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

Suspension – Front

Unitized, Independant, Short and Long Arm

Front Springs: Chevrolet, coil
  Make & Type Chrome alloy steel .547 — .550
  Material & Gauges Total 9.75; active 7.94
  Number of Coils Outside 4.30; pitch 3.752
  Diameter Free 13.75; working 9.62@ 1245 lb.
  Height 9.72
  Height Under Curb Weight 800 lb.
Capacity At Ground
Deflection Rate
-At Spring 300 lb.
-At Wheel 110 lb.
Front Shock Absorbers:
Make & Type Delco, direct double acting
Mounting Vertically from lower control arm through coil spring to front suspension crossmember
Front Stabilizer Bar:
Type Link
Material Hot rolled steel
Diameter .8125

Suspension – Rear

Outrigger mounted semi-elliptical leaf springs

Rear Springs: Specs
Make & Type Chevrolet, semi-elliptic
Material Chrome carbon steel
Length & Width 51×2.0
No. of Leaves 4
Leaf Thickness Number 1 & 3 = .282, Number 2 = .313, Number 4 = .262, Total = 1.159
Capacity At pad = 575 lb., At ground = 725 lb.
Rear Shock Absorbers: Specs
Make & Type Delco, direct double acting
Mounting Stem attached to slotted holes in flanged “U” shaped rear crossmember, eye attached at bottom to an anchor bolt on rear spring “U” bolt and shock absorber anchor bolt plate
Piston Diameter and Travel 1.0 x 7.44
Rear Stabilizer Bar:
Type Link
Material Hot rolled steel
Diameter 0.625
Brakes: Specs
Type: Duo Servo – 4 Wheel Hydraulic (Heavy Duty, RPO 687)
Power brake type: None
Drum diameter, front (in.): 11
Drum diameter, rear (in.): 11
Effective area (sq. in.): 157 (Heavy Duty 134.6)

 

Wheels/Tires Specs
Wheel Type (Standard): Short Spoke Disk, Pressed Steel
Tire Size 6.70 — 15 — 4 Ply Tubeless (standard), 6.70 — 15 — 4 Ply Whitewall
Front & Rear Wheels: 15″
Tires, type: Rayon Cord (Nylon with RPO 1833)
Revolutions at 30mph: 760
Inflation (cold) 24 lbs. Front & Rear

 

Steering Specs
Type: Semi-reversible, worm and ball bearing sector
Make: Saginaw
Ratio: 16.0:1
Wheel Diameter (in): 17
Turns, Stop to Start 3.7 (3.25 with RPO 687)
Turn Diameter (curb to curb) 36.5 ft. right — 37 ft. left (outside front), 38.5 ft. right — 39 ft. left (outside front)

1962 Corvette

1962 Corvette Performance

Performance Results Standard RPO 583 RPO 396 RPO 582
3-Speed Transmission
Performance weight (lbs.) 3360 3360 3340 3370
Pounds/gross horsepower 13.44 11.20 9.82 9.36
Pounds/cu.in. piston displacement 10.28 10.28 10.21 10.31
 Gross horsepower/cu.in. displacement .765 .917 1.040 1.101
 Power displacement (cu.ft./mile) 241.6 241.6 241.6 241.6
Displacement factor (cu.ft./mile) 143.8 143.8 144.7 143.4
 0 – 60 mph (seconds)
 Top Speed (mph)
Powerglide Transmission
 Performance weight (lbs.) 3375 3375 3355 3385
 Pounds/gross horsepower 13.50 11.25 9.87 9.40
 Pounds/cu.in. piston displacement 10.32 10.28 10.26 10.35
 Gross horsepower/cu.in. displacement .764 .917 1.040 1.101
 Power displacement (cu.ft./mile) 241.6 241.6 241.6 241.6
 Displacement factor (cu.ft./mile) 143.0 143.0 144.0 142.7
 0 – 60 mph (seconds) 5.9
 Top Speed (mph) 132
 4-Speed Transmission
Performance weight (lbs.) 3375 3375
Pounds/gross horsepower 13.50 11.25
Pounds/cu.in. piston displacement 10.32 10.32
Gross horsepower/cu.in. displacement .764 .917
Power displacement (cu.ft./mile) 241.6 241.6
 Displacement factor (cu.ft./mile) 137.5 138.1
 0 – 60 mph (seconds) 143.0 143.0
Top Speed (mph)

 

1962 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range 20867S100001 – 20867S114531
2 (First Digit) Model year (“2” for 1962)
0867 (Second thru Fifth Digit) General Motors identification/series code for Chevrolet Corvette.
S (Sixth Digit) Location of the Assembly Plant. S – St. Louis, Missouri.
1XXXXX (Seventh thru Twelfth Digits)  Production Sequence Numbers (or Unit Number).

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run thru 110939. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car. For all 1962 Corvettes, the location of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a stainless steel tag and secured to the steering column in the engine compartment.

1962 Corvette VIN

1962 Corvette Factory Options

CODE DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
867 Base Corvette Convertible 14,531 $4,038.00
102 AM Radio, signal seeking 13,076 $137.75
203 Rear Axle, 3.08:1 Ratio $0.00
242 Positive Crankcase Ventilation (California) $5.40
276 Wheels, 15 x 5.5 (5) 561 $0.00
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,532 $199.10
396 327ci, 340HP Engine (4-Barrel Carburetor) 4,412 $107.60
419 Auxillary Hardtop 8,074 $236.75
426 Power Windows 995 $59.20
441 Direct Flow Exhaust System 2,934 $0.00
473 Power Operated Folding Top 350 $139.90
488 24 Gallon Fuel Tank 65 $118.40
582 327ci, 360HP Engine (Fuel Injection) 1,918 $484.20
583 327ci, 300HP Engine (4-Barrel Carburetor) 3,294 $53.80
675 Positraction Rear Axle 14,232 $43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 11,318 $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 2,799 $37.70
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering 246 $333.60
1832 Whitewall Tires, 6.70×15 $31.55
1833 Blackwall Tires, 6.70×15 nylon $15.70

Base Corvette Roadster (867)

  • The base price of the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette without any optional equipment.
  • This base option price included a 327 cubic inch, 250 horsepower V8 4-barrel carburetor engine, 3-speed manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and a soft top.

AM Radio, signal seeking (102)

  • A standard Delco, signal seeking AM radio with conventional volume and selector bars.

Rear Axle, 3.08:1 Ratio (203)

  • This axle ratio was recommended in combination with RPO 685 (4-Speed Manual Transmission).
  • This combination gave an overall low gear of 7.83:1 for quick starts off the line.

Positive Crankcase Ventilation (242)

  • This PCV was applied to all Corvettes sold and delivered to California.

Wheels, 15×5.5 (276)

  • Optional wheels that were one-half inch wider than stock.
  • Featured small, passenger car hubcaps instead of standard, full wheel disc covers.

Powerglide Automatic Transmission (313)

  • An “optional” two-speed automatic transmission developed by GM.

327 CI, 340 HP Engine (396)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 327 CI, 250 HP engine.
  • 4,412 of the 1962 Corvettes were built with this engine.

Auxiliary Hardtop (419)

  • An optional hard-top that replaced the standard convertible top.
  • Although the Auxiliary Hardtop is shown as an option, customers could swap the convertible top for the auxiliary hard top at no additional cost. Of the 8,074 Corvettes sold with this option, 3,179 of them were the result of this substitution.

Power Windows (426)

  • Electronically controlled windows which could be raised or lowered during vehicle operation.

Direct Flow Exhaust (441)

  • Or straight-through mufflers which allowed for better exhaust flow to reduce back pressure.

Power Operated Folding Top (473)

  • Electronically controlled convertible top that could be automatically raised/lowered.
  • Unlike the 1953-1955 Corvette Roadsters, which had an optional top that could be attached to the car, this convertible top was an integral part of the design, allowing the 1962 Corvette to be classified as a true convertible.

24 Gallon Fuel Tank (488)

  • Special fiber glass fuel tank that allowed for greater fuel mileage by reducing weight.
  • Replaced standard tank.
  • Available only with the removable hardtop (due to spacing limitations created because of the increased storage space required for the convertible soft top.)

327ci, 360hp Engine (Fuel Injection) (582)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 327 CI, 250 HP engine.
  • 1,918 of the 1962 Corvettes were built with this engine.

327ci, 300hp, Engine (583)

  • A “high output” version of the standard 327 CI, 250 HP engine.
  • 3,294 of the 1962 Corvettes were built with this engine.

Positraction Rear Axle (675)

  • A “limited slip” rear axle that engages both rear wheels as drive wheels.
  • For 1962, RPO 675 required that the Corvette have a manual transmission.

4-Speed Manual Transmission (685)

  • An optional four-speed, close ratio, syncromesh manual transmission.
  • This option included a “T” handle with positive reverse lockout.

Metallic Brakes (686)

  • Optional sintered-metallic brake linings which increases braking effectiveness.
  • They comprised of three pairs of lining segments that were riveted to the primary brake shoes and five pairs of slightly thicker segments for the secondary shoes.
  • Drums were finless with this option but were flared at their open ends to enhance cooling.
  • The sintered linings made braking less harsh than the Cerametallic material and needed far less warming up to provide maximum braking effectiveness.
  • They were developed by GM’s Delco-Moraine Division.

Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering (687)

  • This option was designed to increase brake and steering performance and included the following:
  • Special front and rear shocks
  • Air scoops/deflectors for front brakes and air scoops for rear brakes
  • Metallic brake facings
  • Finned brake drums with cooling fans
  • Quick steering adaptor
  • Required: RPO 582 and RPO 675

Whitewall Tires, 6.70×15 (1832)

Had a narrower white side wall.

Blackwall Tires, 6.70×15 nylon (1833)

  • Were offered as an option to the standard whitewall tires.

1962 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure

1962 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure

Download this 1962 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure for a quick look at the features of the car.

Download 1962 Corvette Dealers Sales Brochure

See Also 

C1 ’53 54 ’55 ’56 ’57 ’58 ’59 ’60 ’61 ’62
Gen C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7

Source Material:

  1. The Pocket Book of the Corvette: The Definitive Guide to the All American Sports Car – Copyright 2003, Barnes & Noble
  2. CORVETTE: Sports Car Superstar – Copyright 2005, PIL – Publications International, Ltd.
  3. Corvette Black Book 1953-1009 – Antonick – Copyright 2009, Michael Bruce Associates Inc
  4. 0-60 and Top Speed numbers from Corvette – An American Classic, 1978)

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