1962 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster “Fuelie”
Engine: 2106203 F0112RF
Block Cast: 3782870
Transmission: 2106203 WK1812
Transmission/Housing Cast: “T10-1C 15 61” & “R-2 T10-7D”
Differential Cast: 3707306 GM3
Differential #: AA1208
Fuel Injector: 2021 (Part # 7017360)
Right Header: G 787902 RH
Left Header: G 787902 LH
360 hp, 327 cu. in. V8 engine with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102″
Launched in 1956, it was the second series cars that earned Corvette the title of “America’s Sports Car.” The clean good looks of Harley Earl’s new body struck a chord with the American public, and the new design was soon outselling the older style, even at its peak, by a margin of three to one. The big news from Corvette in 1962, which represented the final year of the first-generation models with solid rear axles, was the enlarged 327-cubic inch V-8. This 15 percent increase in engine displacement brought with it a meaningful jump in both horsepower and torque, rendering the Corvette even easier and more fun to drive. The Corvette gained a competitive edge on the racetrack, and it was a winner on the sales floor as well, with 1962 sales fully one-third higher than 1961 levels.
Under Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Corvette team had plenty of high-performance parts under the shelf to support the growing number of racers, even as they worked feverishly on the upcoming Sting Ray. In 1962, the most-powerful Corvette engine was the regular production, order number 582, fuel-injected 327 V-8, now offered in just one very highly developed state of tune with a hot solid-lifter camshaft, free-breathing cylinder heads, and the proven Rochester mechanical fuel-injection unit. Amazingly, 1,918 Corvette buyers, representing 13 percent of total production, opted for this relatively expensive option in 1962, paying an additional $484.20 to enjoy the growing mystique and performance of the “fuelie.”
This fuel-injected 1962 Corvette Roadster continues to benefit from an older restoration to show-quality standards. The Corvette is finished in Fawn Beige Metallic with a Fawn interior, and highlights include a fuel-injected 327 V8, a four-speed manual transmission, a newer white convertible top and an AM radio. According to a recent condition report, the Corvette’s restoration remains in overall good condition today. It retains the correct RF code, numbers matching, 360 horsepower, fuel-injected 327 engine and matching numbers four-speed manual transmission. We are not Corvette experts, but we did do some research on the casting stamps and the rear end looks like it dates to a 1956 Corvette. The rest of the numbers all appear correctly dated to a few months before final production date. We have provided phtoos of all the casting and stamped numbers we could find on the car below at the end of the gallery. The car most recently belonged to a local collector who always garaged and serviced his cars regularly with a specialist. It currently shows just 67,550 miles on the clock
Barrett-Jackson sold this Corvette in 2004 and claimed it was “A 100% all original rare fuel injected Corvette. All matching numbers. Production for 1962 is 14,531, only 1,918 Corvettes in 1962 were fuel injected. Only 995 in 1962 had power windows. A great collector’s car.” – Barrett-Jackson 2004.
For the collector who desires incomparable beauty and breathtaking performance, nothing compares to the excitement offered by an early Corvette. This “fuelie” from 1962 represents the peak of C1 development and is destined to remain a high-demand collectible.
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