1962 Corvette Fuel Injected NCRS
1962 Corvette Fuel Injected NCRS
This 1962 Corvette Fuel Injected NCRS award winner has earned a number of the most prestigious awards given in the Corvette hobby. Sold new at Seymour Chevrolet in Seymour, Connecticut, it is presented from the Ed Foss Collection with documentation that includes the original window sticker and bill of sale, owner’s manual, dealer supplements and vintage photographs.
Just as Corvette engineer Zora Arkus Duntov had predicted in 1953, the crucible of competition had vastly improved his beloved Corvette. By 1962, Corvette had scored international class wins at Sebring and Le Mans and was on its way to its sixth-consecutive SCCA B Production National Championship, with a list of drivers that included Dr. Dick Thompson, Jim Jeffords, Bob Johnson and Don Yenko. Engine displacement had grown from 265 CI in 1955 to 327 in 1962, and the option list included Rochester fuel injection, the venerated “Duntov cam,” special competition brakes and suspension packages and a choice of output ranging from 250 to 360 horsepower. Fresh from a successful career at the helm of Pontiac Division, new Chevrolet president Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen doubled down on the Corvette’s success, hiring a new marketing team to support his plan to increase sales from 10,939 in 1961 to over 14,000, a substantial accomplishment for an outgoing model, as it was widely known that an all-new Corvette was waiting in the wings. For that reason Knudsen decided that cosmetic changes to the 1962 model would be minimal. After introducing a new “ducktail” rear treatment in 1961 that foretold Corvette’s dramatic 1963 Sting Ray, Styling Chief Bill Mitchell continued cleaning up the car’s exterior, most noticeably removing the side cove trim and therefore two-tone paint, while adding ribbed rocker trim that would return on the new 1963 models. Corvette’s base price broke the $4,000 mark for the first time, but a fuel-injected 360 HP version with a 4-speed could be had for less than $5,000 and was one of the fastest cars in the world at any price.
Unrestored and showing 4,258 original miles, this 1962 Corvette was factory-equipped for serious competition. Still finished in the original Ermine White and original Black interior, it incorporates the RPO 582 Rochester fuel-injected 327/360 HP small-block V-8 mated to the optional 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear axle. Completing the car’s original specifications are a matching White auxiliary hardtop, Black soft top, a Wonderbar AM radio, BF Goodrich Silvertown Whitewall tires, full-size spinner wheel covers and race-proven RPO 686 Metallic Brakes. Former owner Richard Zaverella campaigned the car on the amateur drag racing circuit, fortunately limiting his modifications to replacing the factory shock absorbers and installing additional rear leaf springs to accommodate 8-inch racing slicks without the need to alter the rear wheel wells. The car was therefore easily returned to stock specifications, and it is known that a subsequent owner valued the car so much that he displayed it in his living room! No surprise, then, that in 2010 it drew high praise from both Bloomington Gold and NCRS judges, attaining Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor and Gold Certification, NCRS Regional Top Flight honors with a score of 96.1 and a National 2-Star Preservation Excellence Award.