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The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette

1962 Red Convertible Corvette

The 1962 Corvette was offered in solid colors only, the grill is blacked out and the chrome trim around the coves was removed. For the first time since 1957 buyers could order the wheels in the following colors: Black, Beige, Red, Silver, or Maroon. For the first time seat belts were standard equipment from the factory. All engines were now 327 ci, the 283 ci was retired in 1961. 1962 was the last year for the solid axle. This is also the last year for an external trunk until the 1998 C5. The exposed headlights also dissapeared until the 2005 C6. The Heater/Defroster became standard equipment this year although they could be deleted to save the weight for owners who were buying the car to race it.

1962 Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1962 Corvettes Built - 14,531 - All Convertibles

Serial Numbers: 20867S100001 through 20867S114531

The serial number (Vehicle Identification Number -- VIN) is located on a stainless steel plate welded to the top of the steering column mast under the hood.

Position Character Description
1 2 1962
2 & 3 08 body series: Corvette
4 & 5 67 convertible
6 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
7 to 12 100001 to 114531 production sequence

Engine Serial Number

1962 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number

1 to 7 0001001 sequential production number
8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 10 Carburetion & transmission
  • RC = 327-cid 250-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RD = 327-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RE = 327-cid 340-hp V-8 with 11.25:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • RF = 327-cid 360-hp V-8 with 11.25:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and fuel injection
  • SC = 327-cid 250-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and a four-barrel carburetor
  • SD = 327-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.5:1 compression ratio, Powerglide automatic transmission and dual four-barrel carburetors

The body number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. Fisher Body Style Number 62-0867 identifies a Corvette. The body number is the serial number of the body. The trim number represents the color of the interior, the paint color is the exterior "Magic Mirror" paint color.

RPO Description Price Production
867 Base Convertible $4,038.00 14,531
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking $137.75 13,076
203 Rear Axle 3.08:1 ratio $0.00 N/A
242 Positive Crankcase Ventilation $5.40 N/A
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 $0.00 561
313 Powerglide Automatic Trans. $199.10 1,532
396 327ci, 340hp Engine $107.60 4,412
419 Auxiliary Hardtop $236.75 8,074
426 Power Windows $59.20 698
441 Direct Flow Exhaust System $0.00 2,934
473 Power Operated Folding Top $139.90 350
488 24 Gallon Fuel Tank $118.40 65
582 327ci, 360hp Engine (fuel inj.) $484.20 1,918
583 327ci, 300hp Engine $53.80 3,294
675 Positraction Rear Axle $43.05 14,232
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission. $188.30 11,318
686 Metallic Brakes $37.70 2,799
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Susp. $333.60 246
1832 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 $31.55 N/A
1833 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon $15.75 N/A

Color Options for 1962

RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
N/A Tuxedo Black N/A N/A N/A Red/Black/Fawn White/Black N/A
920 Fawn Beige N/A N/A N/A Red/Fawn White/Black 1,851
923 Roman Red N/A N/A N/A Black/Red/Fawn White/Black N/A
936 Ermine White N/A N/A N/A Black/Red/Fawn Black/White N/A
938 Almond Beige N/A N/A N/A Red/Fawn Black/White 820
940 Sateen Silver N/A N/A N/A Black/Red White/Black N/A
948 Honduras Maroon N/A N/A N/A Black/Fawn Black/White N/A

Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
N/A Black N/A
N/A Red N/A
N/A Fawn N/A

1962 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Wheelbase 102 inches
Overall length 177.2 inches
Overall width 72.8 inches
Overall height 52.1 inches
Front tread 57 inches
Rear tread 58.8 inches
Fuel Capacity Welded steel box-section X-braced type
Coolant Capacity 16.4 gal.
Frame 16.5 qt.
Ground Clearance 6.7 inches
Hardtop weight 55 pounds
Interior hip room 59.6 inches
Hat room 42.3 inches
Leg room 46.5 inches
Shoulder room 49.4 inches
Trunk room 12.1 cu. ft
Wheels 15" steel bolt-on wheels
Tires 6.70x15
Front suspension Independent; unequal-length A-arms; unequal-length wishbones; coil springs; anti-roll bar;tubular shocks
Rear suspension Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, anti-roll bar, tubular shock absorbers
Rear suspension Live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular shock absorbers
Steering Saginaw worm-and-ball, 21:1 ratio, 3.7 turns to lock; 38.5 foot turning circle
Rear axle type Hypoid semi-floating
Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic, internal-expanding, 11-inch diameter drums, 327 square inches effective lining area

Engine Specifications

Feature Standard Engine RPO 396 RPO 582 RPO 583
Type V-8, Overhead Valve
Block Cast Iron
Displacement 327 cid
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.25
Compression ratio 10.50:1 11.25:1 $$$
Horsepower 250 bhp 340 bhp 360 bhp 300 bhp
Main bearing Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic
Fuel Delivery Carter AFB* Fuel Injection Carter AFB*
* AFB - Aluminum Four Barrel

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