When it comes to classic American sports car, one car comes to mind, the Chevrolet Corvette. It was one of America’s first true sports cars and has been one of the most successful cars to come from GM. The first generation set the bar for all the Corvettes that would follow. They offered great styling, decent performance, and a fun driving experience. This 1962 Corvette looks solid and has been in a barn for the past 10 years, but there are a few issues that make us leery of it. If you are interested in checking it out closer, it can be found here on eBay with a BIN of $34,000.
For ’62, GM enlarged the 283 cui V8 to 327 cubic inches, making it the fastest of the first generation Corvettes. The 327 could be ordered with up to 340 hp, but sadly this one came with the base 250 hp unit. Thankfully it came with a manual gearbox and not the slushbox, which should make it considerably more fun to drive.
The interior looks good and should be usable just as is, but it could use new carpets. We normally prefer the C1 in contrasting colors, but we like the looks of this color combination just as it is. The seller claims the chrome and stainless pieces are all there and look good for their age, which is a huge plus, as these pieces can get expensive to replace or restore. If you are ever shopping for an early Corvette, make sure to inspect the car to make sure all the parts are still with the car, as some parts can be nearly impossible to find.
Looking this car over initially, you might wonder what makes us leery of buying it. The seller states that all the original bonding strips are present, but that the front passenger fender had repairs performed to it at some time and that the driver’s side rear quarter has cracks in it. The cracks are to be expected from a fiberglass body that’s 50 years old, but the repairs make us nervous. If they were performed correctly, than it shouldn’t be an issue. We would be sure to check the body over very carefully.