1962 Chevrolet Corvette Shows Why Nothing Can Beat the Shine of a Properly Made Restomod

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There are few cars in this world that get the fans' blood pumping as much as America's sports car does. And I'm not talking here solely about the most recent incarnation of the breed, but about all 'Vettes that have ever been released into this world.
The current Corvette offering has some fine examples lined up to bring excitement into the lives of its fans: two body styles are on the table, a coupe and a convertible, each with three trims of their own, and they can be had for prices as low as $69,995.

That's pennies for lovers of Corvettes from the past, who are always willing to pay a lot more to get their hands on examples that are not only relevant for the past of the American car-making industry, but also customized so they can more than hold their ground when faced with the more recent incarnations.

It's not on the dealers' lots where these people play, but at auction events that are held regularly across the U.S. And the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale at the end of next month is the place where most of these old Corvette fans will be.

On the table for them are a lot of such cars, including the 1962 example we have here. Coming from the last year of the model's first generation, it has been resto-modded by an unknown crew to become the perfect example of why nothing can beat the shine of well-baked customs. Not even a 2023 Stingray…

The old Corvette presents itself in marron Glasurit 90 tri-coat paint, pulled over a saddle leather interior. The car is a convertible, and is offered with both an aftermarket convertible top, and with the hardtop it originally came with.

The body hides underneath a powder-coated chassis that was gifted with a front suspension system used on a seventh-generation Corvette, and an independent Dana posi-traction rear suspension the likes of which we usually get on a C4. The braking needs of the car are handled by Wilwood hardware.

That is needed to keep in check the power developed by the LS3 engine fitted under the hood. We're not told how much power it develops in this application, but even in crate form the 430 hp it cranks out is more than enough to satisfy all needs.

The engine is paired with a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission and a Ram clutch, and breathes out through a custom 2.5-inch exhaust that comes out through the rear valance.

The Corvette moves courtesy of four chrome wheels wrapped in Michelin tires, and carries its occupants in an environment packed with Dakota digital gauges installed in the dashboard, an air conditioning system for hot days, and a Bluetooth stereo system backed by four speakers.

The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette in this amazing form is listed by Barrett-Jackson as going with no reserve, so it's impossible to say how much it could fetch. It'll will most likely be a lot more than the starting price of a modern-day 'Vette.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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