Corvettes for Sale: 1962 Corvette Roadster on Bring A Trailer

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Corvettes for Sale: 1962 Corvette Roadster on Bring A Trailer


This Fawn Beige 1962 Corvette underwent nearly $20,000 worth of refurbishing back in 2006, and now it’s up for sale on Bring a Trailer by the second owner.

The original owner, who eventually parted ways with his old friend in 2015, had earlier tasked J&D Corvette of Bellflower, California with the job of bringing his tired classic back to life during a partial 2006 restoration.

Corvettes for Sale: 1962 Corvette Roadster on Bring A Trailer


Detailed receipts from 15 years ago show that J&D charged a total of $17,539.61 to do a variety of mostly mechanical work – including rebuilding the original 327 V8 engine, as well as the four-speed manual transmission, suspension, and differential. They repaired the frame on the passenger side and also performed some minor cosmetic work, like cleaning the underbody, cleaning and painting the frame, and detailing the engine compartment.

Today, the car could still use some more work, including a new paint job, though it does present well from a distance. In close-up photos, the wear of the past 59 years is obvious on the paint and brightwork. Likewise, the interior isn’t terrible, but it’s not perfect – with minor imperfections like splits in the bottoms of both seats and just signs of overall wear. The original Wonder Bar radio is apparently included in the sale, but it’s been replaced at some point by an aftermarket unit.

Corvettes for Sale: 1962 Corvette Roadster on Bring A Trailer


It’s interesting that the 1962 Corvette set a sales record for the time, with 14,531 convertibles leaving the St. Louis factory (some 3,500 higher than the previous mark set in ‘61) – despite the fact that the radically different 1963 Sting Ray was on the way the next year! If there had been forums on the internet back then, we could just imagine enthusiasts griping about the “ugly” styling of the new model that would soon be replacing their beloved solid-axle Corvette.

With the advantage of hindsight, though, we have a warm place in our heart for all Corvettes, including this ’62 that actually includes a preview of the upcoming Sting Ray’s rear end. Other features include quad headlights, a body-colored hardtop, and an overall cleaner look. In ’62, for example, the side cove lip was formed by the fiberglass body panels (unique to the year), not accented by bright trim as before, so the coves couldn’t be painted a different color to contrast with the body, making all ‘62s solid color.

Corvettes for Sale: 1962 Corvette Roadster on Bring A Trailer


The year also temporarily or permanently marked the end for several Corvette traits, including solid axles and electric generators forever, a rear trunk (until the ’98 convertible), and exposed headlights and optional power soft tops (until the C6 debuted in 2005).

With five days left in the auction, the high bid on this ’62 roadster has reached $50,000.

Corvettes for Sale: 1962 Corvette Roadster on Bring A Trailer


Source:
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