Another classic Corvette from the John Justo collection was this Black 1962 Corvette roadster that crossed Mecum’s Kissimmee auction block on Friday, January 25th. Highly optioned and a multiple award winner, the last year C1 Corvette sold for $242,000.
Lot #F245 is a 1962 Corvette with a fuel injected 327/360 hp. The Black with Red interior roadster also comes equipped with RPO 276 15×5.5 inch wheels, RPO 687 Heavy Duty Brakes and RPO 488 24-gallon gas tank.
Mecum’s catalog does a great job breaking down the numbers of this 1962 Corvette. Want to know just how special this car is?
Chevrolet built a total of 14,531 Corvettes in 1962, 1,918 of which were equipped with the optional Rochester Ram-Jet fuel injection option that gave the 327 CI engine a whopping 360 HP. Rarer still were the 561 that received RPO276 15×5.5-inch wheels, 246 with RPO687 heavy duty brakes and suspension and just 65 with the RPO488 24-gallon fuel tank. Rarest of all would naturally be the Corvette in possession of all of these options, and it is right here in this stunning 1962 Tuxedo Black-on-Red restored convertible that has retained its entire original drivetrain and optional equipment.
The Corvette is well documented and was a member of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, Bloomington 24K Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight, Duntov Mark of Excellence and Chevy VestFest Triple Crown awards.
We previewed the Black ’62 Corvette in the staging lanes. With its one-color Black exterior with hard top and black steel wheels with silver hub caps, this Corvette looks much more brutish than the usual C1 roadster.
We captured the low powerful exhaust rumbling as the Corvette moved down the staging lanes and into the auction hall. Walking behind it, you can’t help but to wonder the feeling of tearing down a country road as that Ram-Jet fuel injection pumps out the 360 horses.
The 1962 Corvette took center stage at the Kissimmee auction Friday evening and bidding opened at $100,000 with quick successive bids that pushed it over $200,000 in less than a minute. As the hammer fell, the winning bidder would shell out $242,000 for the big brake tanker.
Here is our video with the walk-around and the auction of the ’62 Roadster:
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