One of the features at last month’s Amelia Island Concours D’elegance was a class made up exclusively of Corvette styling cars. Included in the chic, invitation-only collection of cars was this Firemist Gold 1962 Corvette created under GM Shop Order #10224. It is believed that this one-off was an exercise to produce a 50th Anniversary package to celebrate Chevrolet’s golden anniversary.
The styling exercise was completed on January 16th, 1962. Inspections have found the shop order number #10224 present on several of the vehicle’s components. Like many hip-hop and rap artists today, this car also features a gold plated grill. There’s also a special styling shop order tag mounted on the firewall. In 2010, prior to new paint, interior and top, our friends at ProTeam Corvette (http://www.proteam-corvette.com/cars/1068A.htm) performed some CSI work and found evidence of old Firemist Gold paint as well as signs of a gold or tan interior. Hence, their belief that it was an attempt at a 50th anniversary package.
The car is equipped with the numbers matching 300hp 327ci engine mated to a 4-speed transmission. Other options include leather interior, 3.36 rear end, Wonderbar radio, visors, windshield washers, courtesy light, heater, and white stripe tires.
At the Amelia Island Concours, it participated in the road tour and then was presented on show day alongside special Corvettes built for Bunkie Knudson and Harley Earl, a Scaglietti-bodied Corvette, and the Mako Shark. Numerous other significant styling cars were present as well. We first came across this car at last year’s Eyes on Design show in Dearborn, Michigan. It looks even better in person than it does in the photos below.
ProTeam is still looking for more information on this car. If you know something about it, feel free to contact Terry Michaelis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine this one parked next to a 2012 Centennial Edition Grand Sport roadster!
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