1962 Corvette Specs

Total 1962 Corvettes Built – 14,531 – All Convertibles

For Performance: Corvette engines are 327-cubic-inch displacement valve-in-head V8s with 4.0” bore and 3.25” stroke, precision balanced as an assembly. All engines have independent operating mechanism for each valve, precision-machined forged steel crankshaft, five premium aluminum main bearings, full pressure lubrication system, full-flow oil filter, automatic choke, 12-volt electrical system, 30-amp. generator (35-amp. optional*), full dual exhaust. Oil-wetted, polyurethane element, buffed aluminum air cleaner (special tube intake type with Fuel Injection). Distributor-driven tachometer. All-aluminum cross-flow radiator. Finned aluminum rocker covers and 35-amp. generator on high-output optional engines. 250-hp standard Corvette V8 – Features 4-barrel carburetor, modified intake manifold, large intake valves, large exhaust manifolds, 10.5:1 compression ratio. In addition, 340-hp (with large aluminum-bodied 4-barrel carburetor) and 360-hp (With Ramjet Fuel Injection) Corvette V8s feature special cast iron cylinder heads with large ports; domed aluminum pistons for 11.25:1 compression ratio and special camshaft; high-speed valve system with specifically finished lightweight valves. Mechanical valve lifters. Dual point distributor, full centrifugal advance.

Choice of Transmissions: 3-Speed Synchro-Mesh, standard equipment. Ratios: 2.47:1 low; 1.53:1 second; 1:1 third; 2.80:1 reverse; floor-mounted gearshift. 4-Speed close ratio Synchro-Mesh*. RPO 685A (with standard 250- or optional 300-hp V8)-Ratios: 2.54:1 first; 1.92:1 second; 1.51:1 third; 1:1 fourth; 2.61:1 reverse. RPO 685B (with optional 340- or 360-hp V8)-Ratios: 2.20:1 first; 1.66:1 second; 1.31:1 third; 1:1 fourth; 2.26:1 reverse. Both 4-Speed transmissions have manually operated mechanism on floor mounted shift lever to prevent unintentional reverse engagement during shifting. Clutch: 10” semi-centrifugal coil spring. Powerglide* Automatic (RPO 313 available with 250- and 300-hp Corvette V8). Floor mounted range selector lever.

Power-Matched Rear Axles: Semi-floating hypoid. Ratios matched to power team. Positraction (RPO 675) rear axles optional* with all transmissions.

Chassis: Box-Girder X-member reinforced frame. Independent coil spring front suspension with heavy stabilizer bar. Rear suspension by radius rods and outrigger-mounted semi-elliptic leaf springs with stabilizer bar. Direct double action nitrogen bag shock absorbers. Unit-balanced tubular propeller shaft and universal joints. Full anti-friction steering gear and balanced linkage – 21:1 overall ratio. Hydraulic 11-inch self-energizing brakes with fade resistant bonded linings. Hand operated parking brake on rear wheels. 16.4-gallon fuel tank. Black 6.70 x 15 tubeless tries. White sidewall or nylon cord tires optional*. Vented chrome wheel covers with simulated knockoff hubs.

Special Equipment For Sports Car Meets: RPO 687 – Heavy-Duty Chassis Equipment includes special brakes with sintered-metallic facings, finned cast iron brake drums with built-in cooling fan, vented flange plated with air scoops, fast steering adapter for 16.3:1 overall ratio, heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers**. RPO 276 – Wide-base wheels with 5 ½” rims (with hub caps instead of wheel covers). RPO 686 – Special sintered-metallic brake linings. RPO 488 – 24-gallon fuel tank. RPO 441 – off-the-road exhaust system.

Body Exterior: Fiber-glass reinforced plastic body – sculptured side and rear panels. Cove trim and rocker panel moldings. Magic-Mirror acrylic lacquer finish in seven solid colors: Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Roman Red, Sateen Silver, Almond Beige, Honduras Maroon, and Fawn Beige. Front hinged hood. Three-unit front griller. Dual headlights in front fenders. Four taillights. Push-button door handles and key lock. Cowl ventilator. Large luggage locker with spare wheel under the floor. Concealed well for folding top behind seats. Choice of manually operated folding soft top or easily removable plastic hard top (Second top optional*). Power-operated mechanism* for folding soft top. Frame-mounted wraparound bumpers.

Interior Features: Interior colors in black, red or fawn keyed to exterior colors. Foam-rubber padded all-vinyl bucket seats, individually adjustable. Safety belts. Long padded armrest on each door. Recessed safety reflectors in door sidewall panels. Crank-operated windows, power-operated optional*. Vinyl-covered padded instrument panel. Passenger assist bar in instrument panel cover with stowage bin below. Pleated leather-grain vinyl sidewall trim. Carpeted floor, metal sills and step plates. Competition-type steering wheel. Speedometer, tachometer, ammeter, fuel level, oil pressure and coolant temperature gauges, starter-ignition switch and light switch on instrument panel. Built-in, outside air heater-defroster with controls on center console. Directional signals, cigarette lighter, outside and inside rearview mirrors, dual electric link-driven windshield wipers, electric clock, parking brake alarm, courtesy light, right- and left-hand sunshades and push-button windshield washer. Ashtray, glove compartment with key lock located between seats. Transistorized signal-seeking radio* also available.

Dimensions: Wheelbase, 102”. Overall length, 177.2”. Overall height: Soft top up, 52.2”; top down, 50.1”; hardtop 52.1”. Height at door, 32.2”. Road clearance, 6.7”. Overall width, 70.4”. Tread: front, 57”; rear 59”.

*Optional at extra cost

**Availability determined by power team

H.P. Induction System Compression Ratio Camshaft, Lifters Distributor Points, Advance Transmission Standard Positraction
250 Single 4-Barrel Carburetor 10.5:1 Regular Hydraulic Single, Vacuum Centrifugal 3-Speed (2.47:1 low)

4-Speed (2.54:1 low)

Powerglide

3.36:1

3.36:1*

3.36:1

3.36:1

3.08:1

3.36:1

3.36:1

300 Single 4-Barrel Carburetor 10.5:1 Regular, Hydraulic Single, Vacuum Centrifugal 3-Speed (2.47:1 low)

4-Speed (2.54:1 low)

Powerglide

3.36:1

3.36:1*

3.36:1

3.36:1

3.08:1

3.36:1

3.36:1

340 Single 4-Barrel Carburetor 11.25:1 Special, Mechanical Dual, Full Centrifugal 3-Speed (2.47:1 low)

4-Speed (2.20:1 low)

3.36:1

3.70:1

3.36:1

3.08:1

3.36:1

3.55:1

3.70:1

4.11:1

4.56:1

360 Ramjet Fuel Injection 11.25:1 Special, Mechanical Dual, Full Centrifugal 3-Speed (2.47:1 low)

4-Speed (2.20:1 low)

3.36:1

3.70:1

3.36:1

3.08:1

3.36:1

3.55:1

3.70:1

4.11:1

4.56:1

 

*3.08:1 ratio also available