Production Numbers: 14,451
Color Combinations: Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Roman Red, Sateen Silver, Almond Beige, Honduras Maroon, Fawn Beige
Engine Type: 327 cu in (5.4 L) Small-block V8
Transmission: 3-speed close-ratio Synchro Mesh, 4-speed close-ratio Synchro Mesh, Powerglide special automatic transmission
Additional Stats: Introduction of the 327 cu in Small-block V8 engine, last instance of a trunk and exposed headlights in a Corvette until 1998 and 2005 respectively, chrome rocker panel moldings, new black grill with chrome surround
Corvette celebrated the last model in their first generation with their highest production numbers so far, topping their previous year by almost three thousand units. The successful 1962 Corvette model year would be the last one to feature a solid rear axle suspension, a constant throughout the line until then. However, it was the fastest Corvette to date, boasting two powerful engines that increased upon the displacement with the introduction of the 327 cubic inches engine.
In many ways, the 1962 Corvette ended up setting up the future of the brand with its mere existence. Not only did its unprecedented success indicate a bright future ahead, but its balance of tradition, by having implemented subtle changes from its predecessors, and innovation, by introducing features that would push the next generation forward, would set up a pattern for Corvette. The brand would always deliver on the promises of the name Corvette while simultaneously enhancing and building upon the experience.
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