The shine helps to highlight the distinct lines of the quad headlight front end and scalloped sides. And the flat rear was only available for the final few years of the first generation. It really announced that tailfin 1950s were giving way to the sleek and speedy ’60s.
It has a nice driver feel with clear gauges, including the tach, and a crisp action from the shifter. They even installed an AM/FM digital tuner w/cassette to upgrade the driving music. The 1962 Corvette was also the only time the first-gen got the larger 327 cubic-inch V8.