1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big-Brake Fuelie: A Closer Look

Lets talk numbers here for a moment. The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most popular American sportscars in both cache and sales numbers. So what constitutes rarity in such a popular car? One way to go about it is to look at one-year-only runs like the 1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe, which Chevy changed to a full rear window after just one year. The year before that was the last for the first-generation C1 Corvette. In the time since the Corvette's beginnings in 1953, much had changed in the Vette' and by '62, it was a different animal entirely. The 1962 Corvette Big Brake Tanker before you is indeed a rare animal. Consider that while over 14,000 'Vettes were built in 1962, just 1,918 of them were sold with the available Rochester Ram-Jet fuel injection. When fitted to the 327 cubic inch (5.4L) V8, it put out 360 horsepower, which put it atop the GM performance pile.
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big-Brake Fuelie: A Closer Look
Of these "Fuelies," only 246 came with heavy duty brakes, and just 65 were fitted with the large 24-gallon fuel tank. Its quite rare when you get a car that has any combination of these limited-run options, the car being sold by Mecum auctions here has the engine, the brakes, the fuel tank, and to top it all off, the RPO276 15X5.5-inch wheels, allegedly making this one of the rarest Corvettes out there. It is being auctioned off at the Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, FL, January 18-27. Mecum estimates the car will go for $275,000-$325,000. That may seem like a pretty penny, but it is chump change for what was perhaps the most perfect–but certainly most advanced– version of the C1 Corvette. Source: Mecum

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