135102 / 1962 Chevrolet Corvette

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By ushering in Chevrolet's legendary small block the first generation Corvette established the concept of an American sports car and single-handedly created the foundation for a 60-year legacy of world-class performance. This C1 pays tribute to its heritage by seating a cutting edge V8 in a roster of competent mechanicals and wrapping everything in rich pigment that re-emphasizes already iconic lines. If you're ready to see the USA in a well-rounded Chevrolet, take a closer look at this sweet pro-tourer!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Stripped all the way down to glass, this contoured roadster's curvaceous body was massaged back to life in the summer of 2011. Like most C1s, the car was originally assembled at GM's new-for-1954 St. Louis manufacturing facility. And, like most restored C1s, its fit and finish presents much better now than it did 53 years ago. In fact, judging by the looks of this Chevy's smooth fuselage, there's no evidence it has ever seen any kind of catastrophic damage. And today, layered in dynamic Porsche GT Silver, the car rolls as one very cool classic that, thanks to its hot drivetrain, can be proudly shown and reliably driven day in and day out.

ENGINE

One of the most well rounded conversions GM Performance Parts offers, this roadster's generation IV LS376 V8 churns stout 10.7 to 1 compression into 480 horsepower and 475 lb./ft. of broad torque. The general's familiar fuel rail covers sport clean ¨\/CORVETTE LS3¨\/ graphics, which complement mirrored lettering with vivid red outlining stripes. Polished serpentine components spin a polished alternator and Classic Auto Air conditioning opposite modern power steering. Polished air tubes terminate in big Spectre filter elements. There's a polished aluminum radiator that's fitted with an efficient puller fan. And a full outfit of stainless hardware combines with GM plug wires, a Delco yellow cap battery and ceramic-coated Rewarder headers to detail an otherwise purpose-built performer.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Behind that raucous engine, a proven Tremec TKO600 5-speed twists torque to a familiar Dana 44 that's fitted with stout 3.50 gears. That rear end, like the car's engine, rides on a fourth generation Corvette suspension, which is bolted to a high quality Street Shop chassis. Stops are provided by fourth generation Corvette calipers, which squeeze four drilled and slotted rotors. Turns come courtesy of power rack-and-pinion steering. Spent gases roar through 2.5-inch pipes to polished Magnaflow mufflers. And power meets the pavement through forged Boze Boosts, which spin 225/55R17 BF Goodrich Traction T/As around highly polished spokes.

INTERIOR

Inside this silky drop-top you'll find a red-hot Al Knoch interior. Plump leather seats are comfortable and well formed. In front of those seats, a color-keyed dash hangs rebuilt gauges between controls for the aforementioned air conditioning, a vintage Wonder Bar radio and a small rearview mirror. At the base of that dash, high quality carpet makes a perfect plane for a factory-spec shifter. And in front of the driver, a reduced diameter steering wheel spins a wrapped rim around a stainless Flaming River column and polished cross-flag horn button.

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