C1 Corvette 327/360 Fuelie is a Black-on-Black Showstopper
Looking as good as it did when it left the showroom, the triple-black C1 is 1-of-246 with rare, heavy-duty steering and braking package.
The last two years of the C1 era previewed a few things about the upcoming C2 Corvette, mainly its backside. The final years were also a proper send-off for the first era of America’s sports car, which brought European styling together with American performance in a single, now-iconic package.
And such packages don’t come together any better than this triple-black C1 fuelie up for bidding at Bring a Trailer.
Originally sold in Illinois after leaving the line on March 23, 1962, the C1 fuelie currently resides in Palm Springs, California, where the dry, desert air no doubt is helping to preserve the metal and chrome bits.
Not only does the Corvette have a Tuxedo Black exterior with both a black soft top and hardtop plus matching black interior, but it was also one of 246 with RPO 687, otherwise known as the Heavy-Duty Brakes and Steering Package. The package included bits like finned brake drums, brake cooling fans, quick-steering adapter, and removable air scoops.
Under the hood, the 327 was rebuilt a while ago, with a fresh set of date-coded spark plugs, new belts and wires, and refreshed fluids all around. The matching-numbers V8 has 1,105 miles on it, 100 of which were added by the current owner, and every single one funneled through a four-speed manual to the rear pair of black steelies with chrome hubcaps.
Inside, the black interior has a new clock, along with a refreshed heating system for the cool desert nights. The Corvette also has all of its original paperwork and documentation, a new old stock spare for judging purposes, a reconditioned Posi-traction rear, and a fresh set of shocks.
This triple-black C1 fuelie is one Corvette we’d happily take for a spin through Palm Springs, especially past the shops and boutiques of Palm Canyon Drive on the way to Coachella Valley.