1962 Chevy Corvette looks as good as new but comes with a twist

  • This 1962 Chevy Corvette was restored to its former glory
  • However, it has a fresh and modern twist
  • These tweaks mean you get all the vintage charm of the 1960s with the comfort of a modern-day model

Published on Jun 18, 2024 at 2:12 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jun 18, 2024 at 5:31 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

It might look like it’s fresh off the production line, but this 1962 Chevy Corvette was restored to its former glory with a modern, and completely unexpected twist.

The barn find was gone beyond ‘America’s sports car’ as it was labeled in its heyday.

In fact, its ‘restomod’ has completely transformed the vintage car both aesthetically and under the hood.

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The 1962 Chevy Corvette engine

Under the hood, we have no information on what originally powered the C1 Corvette’s new engine.

What we do know is that the 14,531 produced in 1962 came with a small-block V8.

Its capacity had increased from 283 cubic inches (4.6 liters) to 327 cubic inches (5.4 liters).

That enabled it to pump out 250 horsepower (253 metric horsepower) in its base single four-barrel carburetor version.

Upper in the range, the engines with hydraulic valves churned out 300 horsepower, while the range-topping versions were fuel-injected for 360 horsepower.

Chevrolet had phased out the dual four-barrel carburetor engines.

1962 was also the last year the Corvette came with solid-rear-axle suspension.

This restomod has been rebuilt around a black powder-coated chassis concept frame.

Its most potent version comes with 430 horsepower.

The new and improved version wasn’t going to settle for the standard factory output.

This heart transplant allowed it to get all the way to 495 horsepower (502 metric horsepower).

The engine is mated to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission, putting the power all the way through the rear wheels.

It now boasts a C7 front adjustable coilover suspension, plus a C4 rear suspension, and a Dana independent positraction rear.

It sports a Lodestar rack and pinion power steering.

Meanwhile, Wilwood power brakes with power stop drilled and slotted rotors provide all the stopping power it needs.

The exterior restomod

The rust- and dust-covered barn find wasn’t running and was all but falling apart when it was rescued – and as we know, barn finds can hide some pretty unsavory secrets.

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It was also treated to a custom exhaust and a DeWitts aluminum radiator.

Plus a CVF polished alternator and compressor and a Silky air intake were incoming.

The deep cherry shade of the 1962 Chevy Corvette might be the first thing that catches the eye.

The finish is named: Glasurit Tricot Pearl Maroon, and it sits alongside a Saddle Brown interior.

A new Stayfast top or the original black-painted hardtop offers protection.

Dakota HDX electronic digital gauges brought the dashboard right up to date.

The C1 also had its driving experience ramped up via an air conditioning system and Bluetooth connectivity.

Since the rebuild, the odometer has only racked up 257 km (160 miles).

Back in the early 1960s, the C1 Chevy Corvette home would have set you back a mere $4,038.

Want it? The restomod could be yours for an eye-watering $249,999.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.