Fort Lauderdale | Lot 368

1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425

$74,000 - $78,000 USD

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

28 March 2015

The 1965 model year marked the third year of the second generation (C2) Corvette. The “shark gills” behind the front wheels were now fully functional, helping to vent the engine bay and, in turn, cool the engine. This year four-wheel disc brakes became standard equipment, which allowed for quick and reliable stopping power.

Offered here is a 1965 Corvette that was cosmetically restored in 2005 and features the L78 big-block 396-cid, 425-hp V-8 engine that is matched to a four-speed manual transmission. The sleekly styled fiberglass body is finished in Code GG, Glen Green. The hood for the big-block engine was distinctive by having a stylized clearance “blister.” The car is riding on cast aluminum knock-off wheels with gold line tires. The interior is finished in dark green leather with bucket seats, full instrumentation, AM/FM radio, electric clock, telescopic steering column, comfort and convenience package, power windows, power four-wheel disc brakes and fully independent four-wheel suspension.

Total Corvette production for 1965 was 23,562 cars, with 15,376 convertibles and 8,186 coupes. The total number receiving the L78 engine, such as is in this car, is listed as 2,157 from the same reliable source; quite uncommon indeed. The Corvette is a different kind of car, a true sports car made in an America. Designed for spirited driving, while being able to handle the harshness of the road, yet loaded with plush interior and modern comforts. This car will make a great addition to any classic car collection.

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