In 1962, the Corvette underwent some subtle and not-so-subtle changes. The tried-and-true 283 was replaced by the new-and-improved 327 with an available entry-level horsepower range of 250 to 360. The styling still resembled that of the '61 model, except the cove edges on the sides were formed by the fiberglass lip, and were not accented by bright trim like the previous year. Consequently, the Corvette could not be ordered with painted coves.

When this '62 convertible was ordered new, it was outfitted with the standard features that filled most orders in 1962. However, RPO 276 sets this one aside: It gave the owner a set of wheels half an inch wider than stock that were outfitted with small hubcaps from a '60 passenger car. This upsizing was because of the larger brakes used under the RPO.

The current owner, Mark Stitzer of Greenwich, Connecticut, bought the car because he liked it, not because only 561 of them were ordered with RPO 276. This restored Ermine White gem, complete with the original-style Firestone Deluxe Champion tires and a beautifully detailed 300hp 327, is a testament to the end result of a proper restoration.

Mark also owns an equally gorgeous, Ermine White '63 split-window coupe. The '63's claim to fame is its factory-installed GM A/C. Air conditioning, or RPO C60, was ordered only on 278 cars during the production year. Just like the '62, the '63 sports the venerable 300hp 327 in front of the four-speed. The AM/FM radio lets you know this car is a late-production model, because early production cars were available with only an AM radio. With only 42,629 miles showing on the odometer, it's easy to see how this car was preserved so well.

Owning one Corvette is cool, and owning two is unbelievably cool, but if you put a third in your stable, the cool factor would be incomprehensible. For Mark, when the right one came along, he had to take advantage of the opportunity. The third ace in his collection is a '65 coupe Survivor. It has only 42,725 miles on the odometer, and one has to wonder where it's been hiding all these years. A Survivor car has never been restored; the paint may be a little faded or the interior worn, but overall it retains all of its original components.

The sound this Corvette emits through its factory original exhaust is like listening to your favorite CD with earphones. With a factory rating of 425 horses, the 396 solid-lifter engine exudes performance. Along with RPO L78, this rolling history lesson boasts other options such as RPO N32 (teakwood steering wheel), RPO F40 (special suspension, of which only 975 were shipped), and a Posi-traction rear with 4.11 gears. The factory window sticker lists the color as Medium Blue, and the cast wheels are wrapped in original pre-recall Firestone Super Sports with gold sidewalls.

With these three Corvettes, Mark has amassed a collection anyone would want to own. But don't worry-they're not for sale. After all, you gotta know when to hold 'em.

Fast Facts'62 Corvette SpecificationsTotal Production: 14,531

RPO DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL
867 Base Corvette Convertible 14,531 $4,038.00
102 AM Radio, Signal Seeking 13,076 137.75
203 Rear Axle, 3.08:1 Ratio n/a 0.00
242 Positive Crankcase Ventilation n/a 5.40
276 Wheels, 15x5.5 561 0.00
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 1,532 199.10
396 327ci, 340hp Engine 4,412 107.60
419 Auxiliary Hardtop 8,074 236.75
426 Power Windows 995 59.20
441 Direct Flow Exhaust System 2,934 0.00
474 Power Operated Folding Top 350 139.90
488 24-Gallon Fuel Tank 65 118.40
582 327ci, 360hp Engine (fuel injection) 1,918 484.20
583 327ci, 300hp Engine 3,924 53.80
675 Posi-traction Rear Axle 14,232 43.05
685 4-Speed Manual Transmission 11,318 188.30
686 Metallic Brakes 2,799 37.70
687 Heavy-Duty Brakes and Steering 246 333.60
1832 6.70x15 Whitewall Tires n/a 31.55
1833 6.70x15 Blackwall Tires n/a 15.70

Fast Facts'63 Corvette SpecificationsTotal Production: 21,513 (10,594 coupes, 10,919 convertibles)

RPO DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL
837 Base Corvette Sport Coupe 10,594 $4,257
867 Base Corvette Convertible 10,919 4,037
898 Genuine Leather Seats 1,114 80
941 Sebring Silver Exterior Paint 3,516 80
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 629 16
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield 470 10
A31 Power Windows 3,742 59
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible only) 5,739 236
C48 Heater and Defroster Deletion 124 -100
C60 Air Conditioning 278 421
G81 Posi-traction Rear Axle 17,554 43
G91 Special Highway Axle, 3.08:1 Ratio 211 2
J50 Power Brakes 3,336 43
J65 Sintered-Metallic Brakes 5,310 37
L75 327ci, 300hp Engine 8,033 53
L76 327ci, 340hp Engine 6,978 107
L84 327ci, 360hp Engine (fuel injection) 2,610 430
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 17,973 188
M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 2,621 199
N03 36-Gallon Fuel Tank (coupe only) 63 202
N11 Off-Road Exhaust System n/a 37
N34 Woodgrain Plastic Steering Wheel 130 16
N40 Power Steering 3,063 75
P48 Cast-Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels n/a 322
P91 6.70x15 Blackwall Tires 412 15
P92 6.70x15 Whitewall Tires 19,383 31
T86 Back-up Lamps 318 10
U85 Signal-Seeking AM Radio 11,368 137
U69 AM/FM Radio 9,178 174
Z06 Special Performance Equipment 199 1,818

Fast Facts'65 Corvette SpecificationsTotal Production: 23,562 (8,186 coupes, 15,376 convertibles)

RPO DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL
19437 Base Corvette Sport Coupe 8,186 $4,321
19467 Base Corvette Convertible 15,376 4,106
n/a Genuine Leather Seats 2,128 80
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 8,752 16
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield 7,624 10
A31 Power Windows 3,809 59
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible only) 7,787 236
C48 Heater and Defroster Deletion 39 -100
C60 Air Conditioning 2,423 421
F40 Special Front and Rear Suspension 975 37
G81 Posi-traction Rear Axle 19,965 43
G91 Special Highway Axle, 3.08:1 Ratio 1,886 2
J50 Power Brakes 4,044 43
J61 Drum Brakes (substitution credit) 316 -64
K66 Transistor Ignition System 3,686 75
L75 327ci, 300hp Engine 8,358 53
L76 327ci, 365hp Engine 5,011 129
L78 396ci, 425hp Engine 2,157 292
L79 327ci, 350hp Engine 4,716 107
L84 327ci, 375hp Engine (fuel injection) 771 538
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 21,107 188
M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 2,021 199
N03 36-Gallon Fuel Tank (coupe only) 41 202
N11 Off-Road Exhaust System 2,468 37
N14 Side-Mount Exhaust System 759 134
N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel 2,259 48
N36 Telescopic Steering Column 3,917 43
N40 Power Steering 3,236 96
P48 Cast-Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels 1,116 322
P91 7.75x15 Blackwall Tires 168 15
P92 7.75x15 Whitewall Tires 19,300 31
T01 7.75x15 Goldwall Tires 989 50
U69 AM/FM Radio 22,113 203
Z01 Comfort and Convenience Group 15,397 16
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