1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Straight off the showroom floor Corvettes are special cars. Courtesy of Bill Mitchell's pen, the 1965 C2 “Vette” is considered one of the best designs of the C2 era. Corvette has always been really good at nailing all the fundamentals of creating excellent performance. In Sting Ray styling, offering up plenty of horsepower and the shark like figure it is a sure bet this car will increase in value as more time goes by.
For consignment, a C2 Stingray that just bleeds Corvette. With its bulged hood and curved rear glass and another body bump heading rearward, hidden headlights, wrap around aircraft styled doors, of course the iconic side pipes, split bumpers and spinner wheels you just cannot get enough of this car, and you haven't even hopped in as of yet!
Silver Blue looking like a shiny silver dollar only with a blue cast, the paint on this fiberglass is just fab. Although the design is king for this year with its shark-like nose and tail, and of course the stingers, one on the hood, and the other on the back right behind the curved rear glass. Split chrome bumpers are hitched to the front and rear and wrap around each corner affording some extra protection for the front and rear quarters. A trio of shark gills are also on the front quarters as well as some venting on the B pillar. Gaps are well minded, and fiberglass is excellent with no cracks or chips. Aircraft style wrap around door uppers mold tightly to the roofline. This eventually forms the curved rear glass which thins at the bottom and eventually leads to another stinger pointing us to the rear of the car, where another thinner shark-like nose houses 2 round taillights on either side. Nice side pipes with a slotted heat shield and guard are hanging off of either side just below the doors. Chrome rally wheels with spinner hubcaps are wrapped in Coker gold line tires on all 4 corners. Now THIS is a Corvette!
A swing of the aircraft style doors and we meet up with black vinyl and molded black plastic forming the door panels. These have a bordering chrome thin trimming, all knobs, cranks and even a chrome door pull are excellent. Moving inside beautifully aged overstuffed tuck and roll inserted and smooth bolstered black leather bomber style buckets are in the cabin. A small center console races through these seats and eventually houses the shifter. In front of the shifter is a vertical rise with a vertically mounted radio, 4 chromed knobs and a round chrome bezeled clock. Bordering this vertical panel two thin pillars rise on either side and form a graceful curve for either passenger. The driver gets the instrumentation and the passenger a glovebox all under the watchful eye of the padded dash also in black. A telescopic wood rimmed steering wheel has an aftermarket tachometer attached to it. Speaking of the dash front, behind the gauges is a near perfect textured panel forming with the upper curve and looking very clean and like new. Black carpeting is reserved for the floors and rear storage area under that curvaceous glass. Carpeting in the back is slightly faded. A smooth tight black headliner conforms to tell the interior curves of the roof very nicely.
Our decoder did a deep dive into this 350ci mill and found it is ca. 1969-1979 due to the fact it's painted blue near the casting number on back, it is most likely a 1977 to 1979 engine. There is a single 4-barrel carburetor on top which is covered by a shiny plate like air cleaner cover. On either side are cast aluminum ribbed valve coverings. More decoding from casting numbers and the transmission is a circa 1966-67 Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. On the back is a 3.36 posi rear axle.
A light peppering of slight surface rust is seen in various areas on the frame, but all are unremarkable and structurally sound steel persists. Floor pans and rockers are all rust free and we see independent coil springs upfront, and an independent rear with a transverse leaf spring on back. Power disc brakes are all around and of course the exhaust piping leading to the side pipes is all excellent with no rust.
Not only is this car a real looker it's a cooker too! It fired right up, and those side pipes are a melodious tune for any motor-head or Corvette aficionado. Off to the test track where it has grand acceleration, excellent bias free stopping, and smooth easy clutch shifting. The consigner states the brake pads are new, and the metal knobbed shifter also has a backup extra shifter if you want to change it. This holds true for the original wheels and hubcaps which will also come with the purchase.
Just a stunner with its design that in this writer's mind can only be eclipsed by the 63 split window, but this is a very close second. Just beautifully done and who cares if it's not numbers matching, it is a newer engine, good solid transmission and has plenty of reliability built into the drivetrain of this mid 1960 Mitchell masterpiece. Go ahead, make your day!
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
107418-Sequential Unit Number
F20-January 20th Build Date
STYLE 65 437-1965 Corvette Coupe
BODY S1338-St Louis Body #
TRIM STD-Black Vinyl
PAINT 900QQ-Silver Pearl
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