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1962: Last of the C1 Corvette

1962 Corvette
1962 Corvette trim brightwork 1962 Corvette Cove
Although it might not be obvious, there were a lot of changes in the cove area for the 1962 Corvette. The lip that bordered the coves was part of the fiberglass, not a separate trim piece as in previous years. Without the trim brightwork, it was not possible to offer the coves in a contrasting color. Above left: The simulated vent with three small spears featured in 1961 was replaced by a separate trim item.

1962 Corvette For Sale

1962 RESTO-MOD
Price: $67,500
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black
Miles: 2,700
Location: Idaho

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1962 Corvette rocker panel molding
1962 was the first year for rocker panel moldings.

1962 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 102.00 inches
Front Track 57.00 inches
Rear Track 59.00 inches
Length 176.7 inches
Width
Not Including Bumpers / Moldings
70.4 inches
Height 52.2 inches
Height (Hard Top) 52.1 inches
Hood Opening Front (reverse alligator)
Finish (paint type) Lacquer
Turning Diameter 38.5 feet (right); 39.0 feet (left) wall - wall
36.5 feet (right); 37.0 feet (left) curb - curb
Steering gear ratio 16:1
Steering Wheel Turns 3.25
Tire Size 6.70-15 4 Ply Rating
Tire Type Rayon
Three Speed Transmission 1st Gear 2.47:1
2nd Gear 1.53:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.80:1
Four Speed Transmission
(250 hp, 300 hp engines)
1st Gear 2.54:1
2nd Gear 1.89:1
3rd Gear 1.51:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.61:1
Four Speed Transmission
(340 hp, 360 hp engines)
1st Gear 2.20:1
2nd Gear 1.64:1
3rd Gear 1.31:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.26:1
Axle Ratio 3.36:1 (Three Speed Manual)
3.70:1 (Four Speed Manual)
Optional: 4.11:1, 4.56:1
Automatic: 3.55:1
Transmission Synchromesh Three Speed: 2nd and 3rd Gears
Four Speed: All Four Gears


Weight

Shipping - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission 2,940 lb.
Curb - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (107 lb.),
water (38 lb.)
3,075 lb.
Loaded - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each)
3,375 lb.
Shipping - Four Speed Transmission 2,940 lb.
Curb - Four Speed Transmission
Shipping + fuel (100 lb.),
water (32 lb.)
3,075 lb.
Loaded - Four Speed Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each)
3,375 lb.
Shipping - Three Speed (standard) Transmission 2,925 lb.
Curb - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (100 lb.),
water (32 lb.)
3,060 lb.
Loaded - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each)
3,360 lb.
Optional Hard Top 55 lb.
Weight Differentials
Hardtop -12 pounds (Without Folding Top)
Hardtop +55 pounds (With Folding Top)
Radio +16 pounds
Power Top +36 pounds
Four Speed Transmission +10 pounds
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission +12 pounds
Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering (Code 687) +40 pounds


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 4.00" / 3.25"
Displacement: 327 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5 : 1 (Standard, 300 hp engines)
11.25:1 (340 and 360 hp engines)
Crankshaft Material: Forged Steel
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 35 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Electric
Crankcase Oil Capacity (less filter) 5 Quarts
Recommended Oil Grade Above 32°: SAE 20W, SAE 20 or SAE 10W-30
To 0°: SAE 10W or SAE 10W-30
Below 0°: SAE 5W or SAE 5W-20
Sustained high speed over 90°F - SAE 30 may be used
Fuel Tank 16.4 Gallons
Fuel Tank Code 1625A
(Hardtop Only)
24.0 Gallons
(Fiberglass)
Carburetor Carter 3756676 Single 4 barrel
Carburetor. Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469 Carter 3744002 (front) / 3744004 (rear)
Carburetor, Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469
Special Camshaft
Carter 3741089 (front) / 3741090 (rear)
Fuel Filter Strainer
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 5¼ - 6½ PSI
Cooling System Capacity 16.5 Quarts (with heater)
15.5 Quarts (without heater)
Thermostat Type Choke
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure 6 ¼ - 7 ¾ PSI
Battery Delco 1980458 (12 volt)
53 Amp hr. @ 120 hr.
Thermostat Opening 167° - 172° F
Compression Pressure 160 PSI (Engine Hot)

Horsepower
Standard Engine 250 hp @ 4,400 RPM;
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM
Code 583 300 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 360 ft-lb. @ 3,200 RPM
Code 396 340 hp @ 6,000 RPM;
Torque: 344 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Code 582
Fuel Injection
360 hp @ 6,000 RPM;
Torque: 352 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Fuel Injection
Manufacturer Rochester Products
Model 7017360
Recommended Fuel Premium
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 5 ¼ - 6 ½ PSI
Inlet Manifold Cast Aluminum
Air Cleaner Type Dry
Air Meter Location Engine Left Side
Plenum Chamber Integral With Inlet Manifold
Ram Pipe Length 12 Inches
Fuel Induction Metered as Function of Air Flow
Air / Fuel Ratio Control Vacuum Sensitive Diaphragm Located on Air Flow Meter
Fuel Meter Pump Type Gear
Fuel Meter Pump Location In Fuel Meter Assembly
Fuel Meter Pump Drive Gear Driven by Flexible Shaft From Distributor
Fuel Meter Pump Pressure 300 PSI
Injection Nozzles Quantity 8
Injection Nozzles Material Brass
Injection Nozzles Location Mounted on Inlet Manifold Above Intake Ports
Injection Nozzles Orifice Size - Fuel .0118 inch
Injection Nozzles Insulation Bakelite
Automatic Choke Type Electric, Time Temperature Type
Automatic Choke Location On Air Meter Assembly
Automatic Choke Current Draw 1 amp @ 70°
Automatic Choke Fast Idle Cam Yes

Ignition System
Coil Delco-Remy 1115091 (FI Engines: 1115107)
Coil current rating 4 amps (engine stopped)
1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap .019"
Ignition Timing 4° BTDC @ 600 RPM idle (Standard Engine)
12° BTC (Dual Four Barrel Carburetor)
8° BTC (Fuel Injection)
18° BTC (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance 0 ° @ 600 RPM
5 ° @ 1,000 RPM (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
14 ° @ 1,500 RPM
5 ° @ 1,500 RPM (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
28 ° @ 3,700 RPM (Maximum)
22 ° @ 6,000 RPM (Maximum, Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance 15° @ 15.5 inches Hg (Standard Engine)
24° @ 13.5 inches Hg (Fuel Injection)
Spark Plug AC 44
AC 44 FF (Fuel Injection)
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1962 Corvette Options, Prices

Code Description Production Price
102 AM Radio, signal seeking 13,076 (89.99%) $137.75
1832 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 n/a $31.55
1833 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon n/a $15.70
203 Rear Axle, 3.08:1 ratio n/a n/a
242 Positive Crankcase Ventilation n/a $5.40
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 (5) 561 (3.86%) n/a
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,532 (10.54%) $199.10
396 327ci, 340hp Engine 4,412 (30.36%) $107.60
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 8,074 (55.56%) $236.75
426 Power Windows 995 (6.85%) $59.20
441 Direct Flow Exhaust System 2,934 (20.19%) n/a
473 Power Operated Folding Top 350 (2.41%) $139.90
488 24 Gallon Fuel Tank 65 (0.45%) $118.40
582 327 cu. in. 360 hp fuel injected Engine 1,918 (13.20%) $484.20
583 327ci, 300hp Engine 3,294 (22.67%) $53.80
675 Positraction Rear Axle 14,232 (97.94%) $43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 11,318 (77.89%) $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 2,799 (19.26%) $37.70
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Steering 246 (1.69%) $333.60

Total Production: 14,531
Convertible: 14,531 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with 327 cu. in. 250 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,038.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Tuxedo Black n/a Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Black
Fawn Beige 1,851 (12.74%) Fawn / Red Black / White Black / Fawn Beige
Roman Red n/a Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Black / Red
Ermine White n/a Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Black / White
Almond Beige 820 (5.64%) Fawn / Red Black / White Black / Almond Beige
Sateen Silver n/a Black / Red Black / White Black / Silver
Honduras Maroon n/a Black / Fawn Black / White Black / Maroon
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The Corvette Story says...
Benoist:

For 1962 there was an optional rear axle, RPO code 303, no extra charge. The ratio was 3.08:1. There was also a positraction rear axle, RPO code 675, cast was $43.05. 14,232 1962 Corvettes had the positraction rear axle.
5th January 2015 6:00pm
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BENOIST says...
Hello
Could you give me a information ?
Please ,what is all the rear axle ratio in option for a Corvette 1962 ?
Thank you very much
A.BENOIST
5th January 2015 2:03pm
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