1962 Corvette Omaha Tangier Shriner
1962 Corvette Omaha Tangier Shriner
This 1962 Corvette Omaha Tangier Shriner car is 1 of 13 built. It was ordered through the COPO system as a fleet car. Each year the Omaha Tangier Shriners would order Corvettes for their patrol which appeared at public events to raise awareness and funds for their Children Hospitals. The members would routinely pick up their brand new Corvettes at the St. Louis Corvette plant and drive them all back to Omaha, Nebraska in a caravan. That drive back to the Cornhusker state was not only a sight to see along westbound I-70 in Missouri, but it also helped to properly break in the engines in these brand new Corvettes. Since these were fleet orders, in 1962 the Tangiers were allowed to select any exterior paint color from the General Motors palate. They chose a Cadillac color called Royal Heather Amethyst and they planned on receiving white interiors.
Unfortunately, white was not available so red was substituted in its place. The resulting color combination was quite unique. This particular example is equipped with the 327/250 HP V-8 engine, 3-speed manual transmission, and Signal-seeking AM radio. It had the honor of being displayed at the National Corvette Museum from 2006-2008.
There are many more Omaha Tangier Shriner Corvettes out there as they were ordered from 1956 until 1981. If you have one or know of one, please contact Dr. Pete in the contact form at the right. Thanks!
Mecum Auctions had this 1962 Corvette Omaha Tangier Shriner listed in one of their auctions. This is what they had to say about it. This 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is documented as one of only 13 built for the Tangier Shrine Corvette Patrol of Omaha, Nebraska. Formed in 1956 by a group of 11 Omaha business and civic leaders, the Tangier Shrine Patrol’s stated mission was to perform demonstrations of skilled driving to promote traffic safety in the community. The group chose the Corvette as the official car of the Patrol, and the first Corvettes were ordered in 1957 by Patrol-founding member and Chevrolet-dealer Garwood Anderson of Wahoo, Nebraska, through the Central Office Production Order system. The group ordered a small fleet of identical Corvettes every year for the next 25 years, and continued to perform their precision maneuvers and close-order drills in fender-to-fender or nose-to-tail formations, often separated by no more than 6 inches. The Patrol demonstrated these skills in parades throughout the Midwest and East, while helping to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. In 1962, Chevrolet General Manager Bunkie Knudsen gave the Patrol the choice of any color from any GM division; the members voted for Cadillac Heather Amethyst with white interiors, but as the latter was not available, they chose red. While somewhat startling, the combination left no doubt as to each Corvette’s identity as a Shriner parade car. Not surprisingly, one of this car’s first three owners painted it silver. In 1983, a serviceman in South Carolina bought the car and commenced a frame-off restoration. Upon discovering the layer of amethyst paint, he consulted with a Bloomington Gold judge, who confirmed the car’s origins as one of the 1962 Tangier Shrine Patrol Corvettes.
Once again presenting in the original amethyst and red with white soft top, it is equipped with the baseline 327/250 HP V-8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission, metallic brakes, heater and defroster, signal-seeking AM radio, tach and clock and whitewall tires with full-size spinner wheel covers. This unique 1962 Corvette Omaha Tangier Shriner Corvette comes with a letter from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, verifying its display there from June 14, 2006, through April 6, 2008.