Corvette: Year By Year

    

About The Corvette

    

Corvette Specs

    
  

1962 Specs

More About the 1962 Corvette
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Roman Red

1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Roman Red

Close1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 in Roman Red

Body Specs

Wheelbase:    102.00 inches
Front Track:    57.00 inches
Rear Track:   59.00 inches
Length:   176.7 inches
Width
Not Including Bumpers / Moldings:
   70.4 inches
Height:    52.2 inches
Height (Hard Top):    52.1 inches
Hood Opening:    Front (reverse alligator)
Finish (paint type):    Lacquer
Turning Diameter:   38.5 feet (right); 39.0 feet (left) wall - wall
  36.5 feet (right); 37.0 feet (left) curb - curb
Steering gear ratio:    16:1
Steering Wheel Turns:    3.25
Tire Size:    6.70-15 4 Ply Rating
Tire Type:    Rayon
Three Speed Transmission:   1st Gear 2.47:1
  2nd Gear 1.53:1
  3rd Gear 1.00:1
  Reverse Gear 2.80:1
Four Speed Transmission
(250 hp, 300 hp engines):
  1st Gear 2.54:1
  2nd Gear 1.89:1
  3rd Gear 1.51:1
  4th Gear 1.00:1
  Reverse Gear 2.61:1
Four Speed Transmission
(340 hp, 360 hp engines):
   1st Gear 2.20:1
  2nd Gear 1.64:1
  3rd Gear 1.31:1
  4th Gear 1.00:1
  Reverse Gear 2.26:1
Axle Ratio:    3.36:1 (Three Speed Manual)
  3.70:1 (Four Speed Manual)
  Optional: 4.11:1, 4.56:1
  Automatic: 3.55:1
Transmission Synchromesh:    Three Speed: 2nd and 3rd Gears
  Four Speed: All Four Gears


Weight

Shipping - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission:    2,940 lb.
Curb - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (107 lb.),
water (38 lb.):
   3,075 lb.
Loaded - Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each):
   3,375 lb.
Shipping - Four Speed Transmission:    2,940 lb.
Curb - Four Speed Transmission
Shipping + fuel (100 lb.),
water (32 lb.):
   3,075 lb.
Loaded - Four Speed Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each):
   3,375 lb.
Shipping - Three Speed (standard) Transmission:    2,925 lb.
Curb - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
Shipping + fuel (100 lb.),
water (32 lb.):
   3,060 lb.
Loaded - Three Speed (standard) Transmission
(Two Passengers @ 150 lb. each):
   3,360 lb.
Optional Hard Top:    55 lb.
Weight Differentials
Hardtop:    -12 pounds (Without Folding Top)
Hardtop:    +55 pounds (With Folding Top)
Radio:    +16 pounds
Power Top:    +36 pounds
Four Speed Transmission:    +10 pounds
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission:    +12 pounds
Heavy Duty Brakes and Special Steering (Code 687):    +40 pounds


Engine Specs

Type::    V8
Valve Location::    In Head
Bore / Stroke::    4.00" / 3.25"
Displacement::    327 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio::    10.5 : 1 (Standard, 300 hp engines)
11.25:1 (340 and 360 hp engines)
Crankshaft Material::    Forged Steel
Camshaft Material::    Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type::    Gear
Normal Oil Pressure:    35 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge:   Electric
Crankcase Oil Capacity (less filter):   5 Quarts
Recommended Oil Grade:   Above 32°: SAE 20W, SAE 20 or SAE 10W-30
  To 0°: SAE 10W or SAE 10W-30
  Below 0°: SAE 5W or SAE 5W-20
  Sustained high speed over 90°F - SAE 30 may be used
Fuel Tank:   16.4 Gallons
Fuel Tank Code 1625A
(Hardtop Only):
  24.0 Gallons
  (Fiberglass)
Carburetor:   Carter 3756676 Single 4 barrel
Carburetor. Optional dual
four barrel carburetors
Code 469:
  Carter 3744002 (front)
  3744004 (rear)
Carburetor, Optional dual four barrel carburetors Code 469
Special Camshaft:
   Carter 3741089 (front)
  / 3741090 (rear)
Fuel Filter:    Strainer
Fuel Pump:    Mechanical
Fuel Pressure:    5¼ - 6½ PSI
Cooling System Capacity:    16.5 Quarts (with heater)
  15.5 Quarts (without heater)
Thermostat Type:    Choke
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure:    6 ¼ - 7 ¾ PSI
Battery:   Delco 1980458 (12 volt)
  53 Amp hr. @ 120 hr.
Thermostat Opening:   167° - 172° F
Compression Pressure:    160 PSI (Engine Hot)

Horsepower
Standard Engine:    250 hp @ 4,400 RPM;
  Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM
Code 583:    300 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
  Torque: 360 ft-lb. @ 3,200 RPM
Code 396:    340 hp @ 6,000 RPM;
  Torque: 344 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Code 582
Fuel Injection:
   360 hp @ 6,000 RPM;
  Torque: 352 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Fuel Injection
Manufacturer:    Rochester Products
Model:    7017360
Recommended Fuel:    Premium
Fuel Pump:    Mechanical
Fuel Pressure:    5 ¼ - 6 ½ PSI
Inlet Manifold:    Cast Aluminum
Air Cleaner Type:    Dry
Air Meter Location:    Engine Left Side
Plenum Chamber:    Integral With Inlet Manifold
Ram Pipe Length:    12 Inches
Fuel Induction:    Metered as Function of Air Flow
Air / Fuel Ratio Control:    Vacuum Sensitive Diaphragm Located on Air Flow Meter
Fuel Meter Pump Type:    Gear
Fuel Meter Pump Location:    In Fuel Meter Assembly
Fuel Meter Pump Drive:    Gear Driven by Flexible Shaft From Distributor
Fuel Meter Pump Pressure:    300 PSI
Injection Nozzles Quantity:    8
Injection Nozzles Material:    Brass
Injection Nozzles Location:    Mounted on Inlet Manifold Above Intake Ports
Injection Nozzles Orifice Size - Fuel:    .0118 inch
Injection Nozzles Insulation:    Bakelite
Automatic Choke Type:    Electric, Time Temperature Type
Automatic Choke Location:    On Air Meter Assembly
Automatic Choke Current Draw:    1 amp @ 70°
Automatic Choke Fast Idle Cam:    Yes

Ignition System
Coil:    Delco-Remy 1115091 (FI Engines: 1115107)
Coil current rating:    4 amps (engine stopped)
  1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap:    .019"
Ignition Timing:   4° BTDC @ 600 RPM idle (Standard Engine)
  12° BTC (Dual Four Barrel Carburetor)
  8° BTC (Fuel Injection)
  18° BTC (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance:   0 ° @ 600 RPM
  5 ° @ 1,000 RPM (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
  14 ° @ 1,500 RPM
  5 ° @ 1,500 RPM (Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
  28 ° @ 3,700 RPM (Maximum)
  22 ° @ 6,000 RPM (Maximum, Fuel Injection, Special Camshaft)
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance:   15° @ 15.5 inches Hg (Standard Engine)
  24° @ 13.5 inches Hg (Fuel Injection)
Spark Plug:    AC 44
  AC 44 FF (Fuel Injection)
Spark Plug Thread:    14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque:    25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap:    .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order:    1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1962 Corvette Options

RPO: Description Production:    Price
102 AM Radio, signal seeking 13,076 (89.99%) $137.75
1832 Whitewall Tires, 6.70x15 n/a $31.55
1833 Blackwall Tires, 6.70x15 nylon n/a $15.70
203 Rear Axle, 3.08:1 ratio n/a n/a
242 Positive Crankcase Ventilation n/a $5.40
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 (5) 561 (3.86%) n/a
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,532 (10.54%) $199.10
396 327ci, 340hp Engine 4,412 (30.36%) $107.60
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 8,074 (55.56%) $236.75
426 Power Windows 995 (6.85%) $59.20
441 Direct Flow Exhaust System 2,934 (20.19%) n/a
473 Power Operated Folding Top 350 (2.41%) $139.90
488 24 Gallon Fuel Tank 65 (0.45%) $118.40
582 327 cu. in. 360 hp fuel injected Engine 1,918 (13.20%) $484.20
583 327ci, 300hp Engine 3,294 (22.67%) $53.80
675 Positraction Rear Axle 14,232 (97.94%) $43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 11,318 (77.89%) $188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 2,799 (19.26%) $37.70
687 Heavy Duty Brakes and Steering 246 (1.69%) $333.60

Total Production: 14,531
Convertible: 14,531 (100.00%)

Notes: Base Corvette with 327 cu. in. 250 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,038.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
Tuxedo Black n/a Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Black
Fawn Beige 1,851 (12.74%) Fawn / Red Black / White Black / Fawn Beige
Roman Red n/a Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Black / Red
Ermine White n/a Black / Fawn / Red Black / White Black / White
Almond Beige 820 (5.64%) Fawn / Red Black / White Black / Almond Beige
Sateen Silver n/a Black / Red Black / White Black / Silver
Honduras Maroon n/a Black / Fawn Black / White Black / Maroon

1962 Corvette