For years, the Ronald McDonald House Central Valley location has been a beacon of hope for families facing the challenges of childhood illness. For those unaware, the Ronald McDonald House provides temporary living quarters, a literal home away from home, for families with children undergoing medical treatment at nearby hospitals. Some families only spend a few days there, while others can spend weeks or even months so that they are never far away. So what better way to support a true American charitable institution than with a true American car?
This charity event has become a much-anticipated affair, drawing car enthusiasts from across North America for the past three decades. The Collector Car Draw not only raises funds for the Ronald McDonald House but also brings together a community of people who share a passion for classic cars and a commitment to making a difference.
The Star of the Show: 1962 Corvette C1 w/ Optional Hardtop
Back in the 1950s, cars were often big land yachts or slower than trying to pour molasses. So when Chevrolet unveiled the Corvette, a nimble, light (compared to other American cars), and powerful muscle car that became “America’s Sports Car,” it sent shockwaves not just across the USA, but the entire world.
The 1962 Corvette on offer has perhaps the best color combination, according to many Corvette enthusiasts: Tuxedo Black over a Roman Red leather interior. It is menacing, sleek, and absolutely ready to turn heads anywhere it goes.
Under the long hood, a 327/360 HP V8 awaits, ready to put power through the four speed Borg-Warner close ratio T10-1C transmission to spin up the rear wheels through the correct 3.70:1 Posi-Trac rear differential. Even better, the chassis, engine, and transmission are all numbers matching original equipment!
A Labor of Love
We all know that some Corvettes from the earlier generations need a lot of care and attention to return to their original glory. This specific car, with a build date of January 10, 1962, had a complete body-off restoration. Instead of doing any kind of restomodding, however, the restoration was meticulously done to original factory specifications, right down to the paint codes used at Chevrolet’s factories.
The engine was also completely restored and was one of the rare few that featured fuel injection. The 327 was rebuilt by noted Corvette expert Jeff Reade of American Motoring Memories in Culver City, California. Quite literally, no expense was spared in this restoration, which resulted not only in this gorgeous example of a C1 being perhaps one of the finest restorations of its kind, it actually gained a little power in the rebuild.
According to certified and verified engine dyno testing, the 327 V8, rated to give 360 HP originally, now puts out a mighty 394 HP at 5,800 RPM, and peaks at 407 lbs-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM. “Grunty” doesn’t even begin to describe a nearly 35 HP jump from factory rated power to current! The engine will likely still give you the same output should you win the draw, as the entire car has only had approximately 600 miles put on it since it rolled out of the restoration shop.
The cherry on top, almost literally, is that this particular Corvette comes with a correct numbers optional hardtop. An option that many didn’t opt for, being happy with just the soft top, it makes this 1962 C1 either a soft top convertible or a hardtop coupe, depending on how you’re feeling on the day you want to go for a drive. Also, to have the original hardtop intact and in such excellent condition after just over 6 decades? The perfect final note for a classic car any collector would want!
How to Get Your Ticket to Ride
Now that you’re undoubtedly eager to make this classic monster yours, let’s talk about how you can get in on the action. The Ronald McDonald House Central Valley Annual Collector Car Draw is a fundraising event based around purchasing tickets for a raffle. Thankfully, you can do it entirely online from the comfort of your computer!
As with all the recent Ronald McDonald House Central Valley car draws in the past few years, you can get your tickets online here. While the 1962 Corvette C1 is the feature prize, there are also three other prizes you can enter for: A 2024 Corvette C8 Stingray, a 1970 Chevelle SS, and an all-expenses paid Hawaiian getaway.
Any and all tickets need to be purchased before 11:59 PM November 24, 2024. The drawing will take place December 13, 2024.
Tickets are 1 for $5, 5 for $10, 15 for $25, all the way up to 600 tickets for $500. Even better, if you use the code CORVSPORT when ordering your tickets for the 1962 Corvette C1 draw, it will double the tickets you get!