Sedan Simplicity: 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Four Door Project – SOLD!
(To stop the slideshow and expand the pictures, click on the current photograph below)
June 16, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
May 24, 2022 Update – The seller just replaced their expiring ad with a fresh Craiglist listing. In it, the pictures, description, and recently lowered asking price of $7,500 remain the same
May 20, 2022 Update – The private seller just reduced their asking price by another four hundred dollars to land at an even $7,500.
May 5, 2022 Update – After holding firm on their $8,200 asking price for nearly two months, the seller just lowered their asking price by another three hundred dollars to $7,900 as a way to drum up interest.
April 21, 2022 Update – The seller just replaced their expiring ad with a fresh Craiglist listing. In it, the pictures, description, and asking price all remain the same.
If you want an economical, easy-to-work-on ride to get into the classic car hobby, this black over red 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II four-door sedan project appears to be worthy of serious consideration. Originally listed in March 2022 on Craigslist in Forked River, New Jersey, the seller reports they upgraded the car with a bigger inline-six but have not completed the exhaust or carburetor linkage needed to finish the project. Based on the pictures provided, the paint appears to be a respray at some point and the interior has been nicely restored.
Currently offered for $7,900 (the prior ask was $8,200), comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Chevy II priced one hundred dollars less than this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $8,300. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $7,025 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $10,400.
Chevrolet launched the more conventional first-generation Chevy II in 1962 after the Ford Falcon outsold the radical VW Beetle-inspired Corvair in 1960. Chevrolet produced the first-generation cars from 1962 through 1965. Chevy IIs were available in 100 and 200 series trim levels, Chevrolet offered two engines for ’62 and ’63: standard was a 153 cubic inch inline four-cylinder, while a new 194 cubic inch straight six the Nova featured here was optional.
There was a lot of debate within the Chevrolet organization over just what to call this new car, and the decision to go with “Chevy II” was a very late one. Among the finalists was Nova. It lost out because it didn’t start with a “C,” but was selected as the name for the top-of-the-line series. Ultimately the Nova badge would replace Chevy II, but that wouldn’t happen until 1969. In almost every way, the creators of Chevy II used Falcon as a benchmark. The 1962 model range included sedans and wagons, as well as a two-door hardtop and a convertible. The only body styles it didn’t offer which the Falcon did were a 2-door wagon/sedan delivery and coupe utility (the Ford Falcon Ranchero), most likely to avoid competing with Chevrolet’s own El Camino.
The Saturday’s World YouTube Channel features this 1962 Chevy II introductory video:
The only thing we don’t like about this project is how the seller spray painted all of the engine components a quick coat of Chevrolet engine orange in a likely attempt to make the engine look pretty for sale. This car is the perfect project to buy now and still have sorted in time for the local car show circuit.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1962 Chevy II 4-door Sedan project car. I switched the 4 cyl out for a 6 cyl and wasn’t able to complete exhaust, carb linkage and finish getting it done.”
Do you have a Chevy II story to share? If so, comment below and let us know!