“As Is” Special! 1962 Corvette Convertible

The least powerful 2018 Corvette gives you the 455 HP (net) 6.2L V8. Transmission choices for 2018 include manual or automatic with seven or eight speeds, respectively (thanks to digitaltrends.com for some details). In 1962 your standard Corvette came with a 327 cubic inch (5.4L) V8 making 250 HP (gross) and offered three and four speed manual gearboxes, or the two-speed Powerglide automatic. Thanks to Patrick S who spied this apparently long-stored 1962 Corvette convertible (250 HP and Powerglide) in Rochester, Illinois through its listing here on eBay.

The fiberglass body has shed much of its Ermine White paint. An Ermine is a short-tailed weasel whose white winter pelts adorned royalty during a time when killing animals for their hides registered as much dismay as swatting a fly. Thankfully cows have not met with the same scrutiny; America’s passion for hamburgers guarantees plenty of leather for upholstery. Despite the cow’s indispensable role in our society, only Marketing experts can explain why we don’t honor them by painting cars “Cow Brown.” The factory removable hard top is a nice addition as restored ones can bring $8000.

This Kennedy-Era Corvette nestled drivers behind an array of Space Age instrumentation pods, switches, and levers. Take a seat behind the wheel and feel the bristling optimism of a prosperous nation led by a youthful handsome New Englander. Simply owning a white and red Corvette qualifies as an Act of Patriotism. While the odometer shows 65,720 miles, the seller cannot validate true mileage. When connected to a battery charger, most of the electronics work. Though rust is visible nearly everywhere, the frame appears to be solid. The seller reports one three-inch rust hole, though it would be wise to expect more. The rear wheels do not turn so factor that into your retrieval plan.

In 1962 your Corvette came with any displacement you wanted, as long as that number was 327. This 250 HP model represented the standard engine, and this one is original to the car. The standard engine and this car’s two-speed Powerglide automatic suggest the original buyer scored this Corvette for its style and likely eschewed tire-shredding street races. That may also explain the high originality of the engine compartment, a big plus for the buyer. Wisely, no attempt has been made to start this long-dormant classic. There might be some call for a minimal refurbishment of the car while preserving the time-capsule look, but most Corvettes get the full-boat spare-no-expense restoration. How would you do it?

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  1. jw454

    OOPS!!! Pulled for a problem with the listing. Well, I couldn’t have been in the buyers box anyway. However, if I was, I’d probably just get it running and safe to drive and drive it as is for awhile. Later on… who knows?

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    • wuzjeepnowsaab

      No. Pulled because someone offered him a fair price to sell it off-line would be my guess

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  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    This will be a near perfect driver, after a full restoration. I would actually prefer a 4-speed manual to the auto but I sure wouldn’t change this one. Full body-off restoration and drive the wheels off it. This is the way I dream of driving down Route 66; it will probably always be on my bucket list. $500.00! Damn! That’s the first Corvette (other than a diecast) that I could actually afford! Too bad the listing is closed….

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    • DAN

      IT was not $500,lol

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        Well, it said that but yes, I know otherwise. Hell, one of these goes for more than that when they’ve been burned to a crisp. Sigh….

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  3. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Fix it up, paint it and drive it, or at least hope the buyer does that. To bad it’s not a 4 speed but that’s life.

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  4. Skippy

    I’m always amused at the number of Craig’s list and eBay listings referenced on Barnfinds that are gone by the time I read the thread and click on the link. I can’t help but think that on those occasions when a seller doesn’t realize what a car is worth, somebody sees the car here and then contacts the seller directly. Nothing wrong with that, I guess, but it would be nice to see what these auction cars actually bring. Too bad for Barnfinds that they can’t somehow collect a referral fee since I’m sure many of therse cars sell because of them.

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  5. Neal

    Nice writeup, Todd.
    That would be a beauty to restore.
    Where would the rust be on a fiberglass bodied car? Holes in the frame?
    These vehicles seem completely out of reach to an aspiring hobbyist like me. Might as well be a Ferrari or something.

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