1962 Chevrolet Corvette
1962 was the last year of the C1 Corvette, which began production in 1953.
For 1962 the body remained unchanged, but there were numerous trim changes. The cove area on the side of the car was no longer trimmed in chrome and could no longer be painted a different color. The chrome strakes in the cove were replaced with a new grill, and the insignia on the cove was now a crossed-flags emblem.
The front emblem was also changed, and now was surrounded by a chrome ring. The front grill was now painted black instead of being chromed, and a ribbed aluminum trim piece was added to the rocker-panel area below the doors.
Performance-wise, 1962 saw the introduction of the 327 cubic inch small block, replacing the 283 of previous years. The compression ratio was also boosted, and horsepower rose to 250 hp for the base engine, 300 and 340 hp for the optional engines, and 360 hp for the fuelie.
1962 Corvette Key Differences
The main differences of the 1961-62 Corvettes over earlier years include the "ducktail" rear end styling with dual round tail lights on each side, a finer front grill mesh, and body-colored trim rings around the headlights.
A 1962 Corvette can be differentiated from a 1961 by the front emblem being enclosed by a circle, a blacked-out front grill, the absence of chrome trim around the side cove & the absence of the three chrome strakes in the cove, and a ribbed aluminum rocker-panel trim piece.
The 1962 and 1961 Corvettes shared the same basic design. A number of trim differences distinguish the two years.
How to Identify a 1962 Corvette
1962 Corvette Rear End
1962 Corvette Front Emblem
1962 Corvette Grill
1962 Corvette Rocker Panel Trim
1962 Corvette Headlights
1962 Corvette Headlight Spear
1962 Corvette Taillights
1962 Corvette Side Cove
1962 Corvette Side Cove Grill
1962 Corvette Side Insignia
1962 Corvette Trunk Emblem
1962 Corvette Dash
1962 Corvette Seats
1962 Corvette Hubcap
1962 Corvette Hardtop
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