Hey Cool Car Fans,
I recently consigned a super cool 1965 Corvette Stingray Convertible for a client who was moving from Colorado to Washington state. She decided that she didn’t need her classic convertible to drive around with the weather in Washington. This is a super cool ride and extremely rare. Here are some facts about the 1965 Corvette that you should find interesting.
1965 Corvette Stingray Convertible
Transmission: Power Glide 2 Speed Automatic
Engine: V8 – 327 Turbo Fire
Drive Train: RWD
Vehicle Type: Convertible
The Chevrolet Corvette (C2) (C2 for Second Generation), also known as the Corvette Sting Ray, is a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division ofGeneral Motors for the 1963 through 1967 model years.
For its third season, the 1965 Corvette Sting Ray further cleaned up style-wise and was muscled up with the addition of an all-new braking system and larger powerplants. 1965 styling alterations were subtle, confined to a smoothed-out hood now devoid of scoop indentations, a trio of working vertical exhaust vents in the front fenders that replaced the previous nonfunctionalhorizontal”speedlines,” restyled wheel covers and rocker-panel moldings, and minor interior trim revisions. The 1965 Corvette Sting Ray became ferocious with the mid-year debut of a big-block V-8, the 425 hp (317 kW) 396 in³ (6.5 L) (“big block”) V8. Ultimately, this spelled the end for the Rochester fuel injection system, as the carbureted 396/425 hp option cost $292.70 to the fuel injected 327/375 hp’s $538.00. Few buyers could justify $245 more for 50 hp (37 kW) less, even if the FI cars offered optional bigger brakes not available on carburated models. After only 771 fuel injected cars were built in 1965, Chevrolet discontinued the
option. It would be 18 years until it returned.
Four-wheel disc brakes were also introduced in 1965. The brakes had a four-piston design with two-piece calipers and cooling fins for the rotors. Pads were in constant contact with the rotors, but the resulting drag was negligible and didn’t affect fuel economy. Further, the light touching kept the rotors clean and didn’t diminish pad life, which was, in fact, quite high: a projected 57,000 miles for the front brakes and about twice that distance for the rear binders. Total swept area for the new system was 461 square inches, a notable advance on the 328 square inches of the previous all-drum system. Per pending federal regulation, there was also a dual master cylinder with separate fluid reservoirs for the front and rear lines. Road testers rightly applauded the all-disc brakes. Testers found that repeated stops from 100 mph produced no deterioration in
braking efficiency, and even the most sudden stops were rock-stable. The drum brakes remained available, however, as a $64.50
credit option, but only 316 of the 23,562 Corvettes built that year came with drums. A side exhaust system appeared as an option as did a telescopic steering wheel. Also available were alloy spinner rims, at US$322 a set.
In 1965 only 23,562 Corvette Stingrays were produced with a limited number in the convertible since it was available in a Coupe as well and an even more limited supply having the two-speed Power Glide Automatic Transmission that are extremely difficult to find today. It was the last year of fuel injection until 1982; and the first year that the side-discharge exhaust was introduced.
The Corvette Stingray from 1963 to 1967 are one of the most popular Classic Cars every produced by any automobile manufacturer. The 1963 Corvette Rondine (Ron-di-nay) concept car, based on the 1963 C2 chassis was built for the 1963 Paris Auto Show. It was designed by Tom Tjaarda of Pininfarina. Sold at Barrett-Jackson 2008 for $1,600,000.00 – Source: Wikipedia
This particular vehicle ended up being purchased by a man in Carbondale, Colorado who picked it up at my office and drove it back home. I’m not sure if he’ll keep it and log 500,000 miles like the video above, but I do know he’ll love the car. What’s not to like? This is a fantastic vehicle and it was just as fun to drive in 2012 as it was in 1965.
I hope you enjoy the photos of this classic and this really cool video.
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