Left-hand drive,1962 Chevrolet  Corvette Roadster  Chassis no. 20867S101569
Lot 310
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Registration no. CSK 327 Chassis no. 20867S101569
Sold for £52,325 (US$ 87,055) inc. premium
Lot Details
Left-hand drive
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Registration no. CSK 327
Chassis no. 20867S101569

Footnotes

  • Back in 1953, Chevrolet's launch of a two-seater sports car was a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with sensible family transport. Based on Harley Earl's EX-122 show car of 1952, the Corvette made use of existing GM running gear, suitably modified, and a shortened chassis frame around which was wrapped striking glassfibre coachwork. A novelty at the time, glassfibre construction kept tooling costs down to a level commensurate with low-volume production and enabled the 'Vette to go from design to introduction in less than two years. Motive power came from Chevrolet's 235.5ci (3.8-litre) overhead-valve straight six. Unusually for a sports car there was automatic transmission: GM's two-speed Powerglide.

    The Corvette in its second (1956-onwards) incarnation evolved slowly, acquiring a four-headlight front end for '58 and a restyled 'duck tail' rear, before gaining a quartet of tail lights and an enlarged trunk for '61. The 'Vette was face-lifted and improved annually, with more and more options becoming part of the car's standard inventory in the process; in 1962 a stock Corvette came with an electric clock, rev counter, heater/de-froster, seat belts, windshield washer and outside rear-view mirror. Major chassis engineering changes were few but included a new rear anti-roll bar and aluminium radiator. The big news for '62 was the introduction of a 327ci (5.4-litre) V8 engine with maximum outputs ranging from 250bhp to 360bhp on fuel injection. Equipped with the latter (RPO 582) unit, the Corvette was a genuine 140mph car. Chevrolet totally redesigned the Corvette as the 'Sting Ray' for 1963, making the '62 model one of the more collectible.

    Fitted with the front grille from an earlier-series car, preferred by a previous owner, this restored '62 Corvette was purchased by the current vendor at Brooks' sale at Ascot Racecourse in July 1995 (Lot 540) having been imported from the USA. Since acquisition, 'CSK 327' has been well maintained by the vendor's in-house mechanic, works carried out having included a complete rebuild of the suspension. Finished in black/white with black vinyl interior, the car is offered with current MoT and V5 registration document. Sounding superb and ready to enjoy, this iconic 1962 Corvette is perfect for European touring.
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