Daily Features

DECEMBER 2018: A 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE GETS ITS CAR GIRL OWNER INTO THE GAME

By on December 16, 2018

IMGP5115

 

Michelle Desaulniers was actually looking for a Camaro when she discovered her stylish 1962 Corvette convertible and was impressed with the car’s looks.

 

The ‘Vette was on a popular bid site and did not reach its asking price.

 

Eventually Michelle was able to track down its owner and discovered the Corvette was owned by an Ohio business that specialized in vintage vehicles.

 

IMGP5079

 

The collector car dealership was able to provide about 300 detailed photos of the Corvette and helped build Michelle’s confidence that she would be able to become the new owner of the 56-year-old car without a serious complication.

 

IMGP5073

 

There are many horror stories about people who were actually dealing with internet fraud artists so Michelle did her homework before she bought the Corvette. The net result was a classic ‘Vette that “was nicer than I expected”, in her words.

 

news-002

 

The ’62 Vette has a period-correct 327 small block under the hood and an aftermarket 5-speed manual tranny to make the car more efficient on the road. The original four speed was “a little too fast in 1st gear and too slow in 4th gear”, according to Michelle’s husband, so he made the change.

 

IMGP5127

 

The rear differential in the Corvette was also changed from a 3:08 ratio to a 3:55 ratio because the new 5-speed transmission allowed the flexibility factor for better performance.

 

The interior is largely original, although the inclusion of the 5-speed tranny meant a few alterations to the Corvette’s transmission hump. The car’s original sound system had also been altered to include an old cassette system, and that meant some carving on the car’s interior.

 

IMGP5128

 

Michelle replaced the cassette unit with an aftermarket radio that looks like the original-but offers modern features like MP3 and XM radio. However, the butchery inside the car meant to fit the cassette deck opened up a gap that is covered by a plate.

 

IMGP5076

 

Michelle intends to repair the cosmetic problem in the future.

 

The car has a factory clock and its original metal radiator expansion (overflow) tank under the hood. The wheels are an aftermarket product that are larger than factory and provide a stable ride on the road.

 

IMGP5082

 

The Corvette convertible does fall short in the comfort department when Michelle drives it with the top down on the road. She mentioned the car’s passengers are buffeted by the excessive turbulence, even with the windows up on the car.

 

IMGP5072

 

The low windshield on the Corvette means Michelle is subjected to the open wind because of her height and gets the old school convertible experience in her car.

 

IMGP5062

 

The experience has not discouraged Michelle from a true bond with her Corvette. It wasn’t the car of her dreams all those years ago, but it has become the car of her dreams since Michelle became its new owner.

 

IMGP5058

 

These days Michelle enjoys every minute of her time spent behind the wheel of her very cool 1962 Corvette-windy or not.     

 

BY: Jim Sutherland

 

Jim Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer whose work has been published by many major print and online publications. The list includes Calgary Herald, The Truth About Cars, Red Deer Advocate, RPM Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Vancouver Province, and Post Media Wheels Section. 

 

print
51565 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

rent-dsc 0814-001

JANUARY 18, 2014: ARE YOU BUYING OR RENTING YOUR VEHICLES IN THE OLD CAR HOBBY?

  The old car hobby has two very different philosophies when it comes to vintage rides.   On one side of the coin is the owner who builds or...

January 18, 2014 View more...
feb13-30frddsc_0292-001

JANUARY 29, 2013 (FEB 2013): WILD ’30 FORD WOODY-AN INSTANT ROCK STAR AT A MAJOR CAR SHOW

  We attended a very large car called Rockin’ Red Deer last summer that takes place every three years and has become famous enough to get the attention of...

January 29, 2013 View more...
feb12-50trkbimgp6886-1

JANUARY 31, 2012 (FEB 2012):1950 INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER PICKUP-RENEWING A HARDWORKING FARM FAMILY LEGACY

  Farm kids have many advantages over city kids.   They learn the value of honest, hard work and practical problem-solving early in life plus they encounter and embrace...

January 31, 2012 View more...

APRIL 2, 2010: FUSION GLASS LTD. RED DEER -THE CAR GUY GLASS SPECIALISTS

Fusion Glass Ltd. 101-6660 Taylor Dr Red Deer, AB T4P1Y3 (403) 342-1990 FUSION GLASS Andrew Pankratz is a hands-on guy. He’s also a car guy and he loves the...

April 2, 2009 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

ADVERTISE YOUR NEW PRODUCT HERE

  This is a prime piece of advertising real estate because it’s parked in the most dynamic car hobby e-zine in Canada. Go to this contact form and get...

December 7, 2017 View more...

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2019

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2019   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

FEBRUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS

  FEBRUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS   FEB 3: ANCASTER, ON Nostalgia Show and Sale 10:00am-3:00 pm 630 Trinity Road (Fairgrounds) 519-426-8875   FEB 8-10: INDIANAPOLIS, IN World...

September 26, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN….. MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR’S OTHER FASTBACK FAVORITES

  The fastback phenomenon has always been associated with the muscle car movement of the late 1960s.   Imagine Steve McQueen behind the wheel of a 1968 Mustang notchback instead of his legendary fastback Mustang during his famous car chase scene in ‘Bullitt’.     The image of a non-fastback Mustang chasing a 1968 Dodge See More

DAWN OF A LEGEND: THE 1967-69 CAMARO HITS THE STREET

  The pony car wars were a large part of the legendary 1960s automotive scene.   The Ford Mustang cemented the “pony car” term when it debuted in 1964 (and a half), even though the 1964 Barracuda preceded the Mustang by a few months that year.   The Ford Mustang was a home run for See More

COOL CARS FROM THE PAST THAT FLEW UNDER THE RISING SUN FLAG

  There was a bygone era in which cars built in Japan were not exactly greeted with open arms by North American buyers.   The “Made in Japan” label was viewed in a negative light since many export products built in that country were cheap in both price and build quality.     Cars were See More

FEBRUARY 2019 ROAD WARRIORS – THEY COME IN MANY FORMS

  The Road Warrior is the most honorable facet of the car hobby because old iron looks great at a show but it looks spectacular on the road.     Two vintage Ponchos on the same freeway underscore that theme.     So does this Sunbeam on an exit ramp.     This yellow ‘cuda See More

Editor’s Picks

FEBRUARY 2019 ROAD WARRIORS – THEY COME IN MANY FORMS

  The Road Warrior is the most honorable facet of the car hobby because old iron looks great at a show but it looks spectacular on the road.  ...

February 15, 2019 View more...

FEBRUARY 2019: ’61 FARGO PICKUP – GRANDPA’S ORIGINAL TRUCK WAS LOST IN A HAIL OF SHOTGUN BLASTS

  The connection with old iron is found in the personal history of every car guy who ever coveted something old, outdated and worn out.   This lineage can...

January 31, 2019 View more...

RUST VALLEY RESTORERS—MORE DOCUDRAMA AND LESS EDUCATIONAL

  Full disclosure here—I want to be an impartial judge on this show but Jim and I were going by the White Post Auto Museum in Tappen, BC a...

January 27, 2019 View more...

NOVEMBER 23, 2018 FEATURE FIVE FOR FRIDAY: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH EG AUCTION’S TODD SCHWINDT

  EG Auctions has been a player in the western Canadian car hobby for years and they’ve grown to the point where they have expanded into the U.S. market....

November 22, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

ST ALBERT’S ROCK’N AUGUST: THE RAIN, THE PARK, AND A BRADY BUNCH CAR-PLUS A MOPAR FEST

  MyStarCollectorCar was on the road to St Albert, Alberta this past weekend for their annual Rock’n August car show held on the grass in their famous park system....

August 11, 2018
JULY 27, 2019 20th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

FEATURE CAR—THIS MONSTER ’69 CHARGER       The 2nd Generation Chargers are widely seen as one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. They looked fast from...

June 19, 2017
FEBRUARY 8-10, 2019 PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA EG AUCTIONS CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction

FEBRUARY 8-10, 2019 PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA EG AUCTIONS CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL Collector Car Auction     NOVEMBER 1-4 2018 PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA CARS STARS ROCK N ROLL...

April 21, 2017
FEBRUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS

  FEBRUARY 2019 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS   FEB 3: ANCASTER, ON Nostalgia Show and Sale 10:00am-3:00 pm 630 Trinity Road (Fairgrounds) 519-426-8875   FEB 8-10: INDIANAPOLIS, IN World...

September 26, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive