1962 Chevrolet Corvette - '62's C6.R

This C1 Dominated U.S. Sports Car Racing In '62

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Factory hood was modified with an air deflector, ahead of louvers that vented heat away from the 327 while underway.

Data File: '62 Chevrolet Corvette
Original Owner: Grady Davis
More recently owned by Vic Preisler, Calabasas, California

Body
Modified production '62 Corvette
Modifications: Front/rear bumpers and grille removed, chrome tube bumpers under front/rear valances, hard top secured to body, Plexiglas side/rear windows added to top, FIA-specification fog and running lights
Bodywork: Corvette Repair, Valley Stream, New York
Paint: Ermine White with dark blue coves and longitudinal racing stripe, black door/front/trunk numbers; Paint preparation & applied by Corvette Repair, Valley Stream, New York

Chassis
Frame: Production '62 Corvette
Suspension: (Front) Heavy-duty coil springs with Koni shocks (Rear) Heavy-duty leaf springs with Koni shocks
Steering: Restored OEM RPO 687 GM-Saginaw "special" recirculating-ball, non-power-assisted
Brakes: Restored OEM RPO 687 GM-Delco Moraine drum-and-shoe brakes with 11-inch (OEM size) drums and cerametallic brake shoes, non-power-assisted
Wheels: Heavy-duty stamped steel, 15 x 5 1/2 inches all around
Tires: Goodyear "Blue Streak" Sports Car Special, 7.00-15 all around

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Wood block extended OEM gas pedal in spartan racing C1's interior.

Engine
Chevrolet overhead-valve small-block V8 (RPO 562)
Originally Built: Chevrolet Motor Division's Flint Engine Plant, Flint, Michigan
Rebuilt/Restored: QMP Racing, Chatsworth, California
Displacement: 327 cubic inches
Modifications: Blueprinting the rotating assembly, cylinder head porting and polishing
Compression Ratio: 11.25:1
Cylinder Heads: Ported production RPO 562, cast iron
Ignition: OEM Delco points-style ignition with heavy-duty ignition wiring
Induction: GM-Rochester mechanical fuel injection, with aftermarket electric fuel pump
Exhaust: Cast iron manifolds with side-exit exhaust system with 2 1/4-inch pipes
Claimed Horsepower: Over 400

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Stewart-Warner gauges replaced OEM set, except for speedometer.

Transmission
Restored OEM Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual
Shifter: Original '62 Corvette four-speed shifter with spring-loaded reverse lockout
Rear End: OEM RPO 675 Positraction differential with 3.70:1 rear gears

Interior
Restored modified production '62 Corvette by Doug Prince, West Hills, California.
Modifications: Roll bar, aluminum driver's seat, Motorola "Mocom" two-way radio, Stewart-Warner gauges, fuel pump switch, gas pedal extended by wood block
Seats: Aluminum driver's seat and OEM passenger seat, upholstered in black vinyl
Carpets: None--rubber floor mats, instead
Instrumentation: OEM '62 Corvette 140 mph speedometer, plus Stewart-Warner 0-8000 rpm tachometer, fuel level, oil pressure, ammeter and coolant temperature gauges
Sound system: Motorola two-way radio and/or RPO 562 engine
Heater: RPO 562 engine's heat, as transmitted through floor
A/C: Air conditioning, no. AC "Fire Ring" spark plugs, yes.

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