Auto art 1962 Chevrolet Corvette
Review and Photographs by Patty Henderson
The 1962 Corvette was special in many ways. It heralded the end of the 1st Generation Corvettes and the beginning of raw horsepower combined with added luxury. The changes from the 1961 Corvette were obvious inside and out. Gone were the well-known color body side coves replaced by chrome scalloped trim. It also sported dual headlights for the first time. But it was under the hood where the biggest change happened. The hottest ticket in 1962 for power performance was the brand new 327 V8 Fuelie, pounding out 370 bhp and thrusting Corvette into an American luxury sports car icon for future generations.
The newest Auto art release in their Corvette line-up is the 1962 Corvette Roadster in Roman Red. What is there not to love about this model? It’s Red and it’s hot. There is nothing like a Red Corvette. However, it isn’t without its flaws. The problems on this particular image were evident with the release of the Fawn Beige 62 and were not corrected on the Roman Red. The missing sun visors and obvious chrome mounting brackets on the rear bumpers hampered the model from garnering the praise it deserved. Yes, there should be visors and for some, the chrome mounting brackets on the back will be stumbling blocks against adding this Corvette to their collection, but with the sheer beauty and power this AA Corvette displays, it will delight many collectors and Corvette lovers. The paint is rich, glossy and glows right off the car. AA has scaled the chrome side trim pieces perfectly and the delicate flag emblems are foiled scripts with a gloss coating over them. Danbury Mint should take lessons from Auto art on this.
The headlights, an area where Auto art excels in, are replicated as close to 1962 standards as you can. There are even little light bulbs inside! The stance appears right on to me. The interior is another home run. It screams quality. Every knob, trim, door handle, gauge and seat belts are exact replicas of the real Corvette. The carpeting is scaled right. In the trunk, there is the standard Corvette vinyl cover. Go ahead and lift the hood. While the detailing isn’t up to what you’d expect when compared to a $150 model, it does look good for the price point of this Roman Red beauty.
As with every Auto art model I review, I repeatedly ask for Auto art to change their hard plastic seats to a softer material. It would make their already excellent interiors a notch above. For the collector who loves 1/18 Corvettes and is looking for a premier 1962 for their collection, I can’t think of a better image to park on the shelf. The hot color, super stance and all around Corvette presence make this Auto art 1962 Roman Red Corvette the ONE to have. Vroom, Vroom.