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For Sale: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in St. Louis, Missouri

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Gorgeous custom Corvette Coupe with all the stock looks of an original, but carries a custom Hilborn electronic fuel-injected system and TKO600 5-speed manual transmission under the hood! All of it configured in a way where the body nor chassis were never cut, drilled or modified in any way! The original number's matching engine/transmission are included should someone wish to convert it back to full stock! Very impressive in every sense! A must see!! The 1965 Corvette continued on the success of the mid-year String Ray with subtle changes. The hood vents were removed, and a trio of fender vents now effectively reduced engine heat, with the standard wheel covers redesigned to accommodate standard 4-wheel disc brakes that improved braking capability & lifespan. Also new for 1965 were integrated door panel armrests, better seats, and redesigned grill. It proved to be a successful year with Chevrolet selling 23,562 examples, of which only 8,186 would be coupes! We are very pleased to offer this incredible 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Restomod finished professionally in high gloss Tuxedo Black over Black Leather interior! This special example was restored from the vision of longtime California resident and founding member of the American Mid-Year Society, Bill Pallas. Although, being a lifetime enthusiast of the 1963-1967 Corvette, he didn't purchase his first one until the summer of 2000. It would be his prized 1964 convertible example, followed by many others. In approximately 2004, he located this 1965 Sting Ray Coupe in San Diego with the 2nd owner of 23 years. It had been upgraded with a powerful 350ci Winston Cup V8 engine suitable for exhilarating performance but was horrible for the Los Angeles area traffic at lower rpm's. Luckily, the all number's matching engine came with the car, and some decisions needed to be made. A restoration would commence, and Bill was insistent on keeping such a wonderfully solid and rust free specimen with the opportunity to return to 100% stock with little effort. So, with the help of his brother, Dean Pallas, of Legendary Muscle Cars in Huntington Beach, CA, they began by removing the body from the chassis for a complete repaint. The best body shop in town would also prove to be the slowest, typical of a high demand facility like Kye Yeung's European Motorcar in Santa Ana, but the finish results are second to none! The chassis would be fully restored in the meantime awaiting the expertise of Kye's base coat/clear finish. The original engine would remain crated in lieu of this performance 350ci engine for the freedom of building a true driver. Dean would rebuild this 4-bolt main V8 with a .030-overbore & 11.5:1 forged TRW pistons, milder Iskenderian roller mechanical camshaft & lifters, aluminum roller rockers, Isky springs, pushrods, retainers, & locks; steel crankshaft, Chevrolet Pink rods, Hedman headers, and a modified Hilborn injection system! The iron Chevy Phase II heads would be ported & polished, and fitted with new valves and valve guides offering a 64cc combustion chamber. The machine work was completed by Dougen's Machine in Riverside, CA. The Hilburn Injection system was converted to an EFI system with the help of F.A.S.T (Fuel Air Spark Technologies) and guidance of Stuart Hilborn (signed the glove box). This was done using RC Engineering fuel injectors screwed into the valley sides of the throttle bodies fed by fuel rails in between. The original fuel hoses are now acting as vacuum lines to the absolute pressure sensor on the manifold, oxygen sensors on the exhaust system, and MSD 6AL box and Denso spark plugs managing the ignition. The computer adjustable EFI controller is housed in the glove box and was tuned by Westech Performance Group in Mira Loma, CA. They would dyno this engine to 454 horsepower and 421 lb.ft. of torque! This Corvette was also selected by Classic Chevrolet to be part of the engineering effort to produce a kit that allowed a Tremec TKO600 5-speed transmission to be installed without any modification to the car's chassis or body. Their effort has rewarded the car community the CC5S Ultimate Fit conversion kit now available to all Midyear Corvette owners with a truly stock look! A McLeod aluminum flywheel, clutch assembly and scatter shield were all installed at that time. Additional features include power windows, factory AM/FM pushbutton radio with power antenna, aluminum knock-off style wheels with Diamond Redline radial tires, and electronic exhaust cutouts for making a little extra power and noise when the moment allows! The car was completed in 2006 and easily took multiple Concours awards. It would also be featured as a centerfold in Corvette Enthusiast magazine in September 2007, and later in Velocity Magazine in September 2008! Both magazines are included with the sale. Additionally, the original number's matching engine & transmission have been uniquely displayed on a custom fabricated coffee table with a gorgeous etched glass top to mimic the profile of the 1965 Corvette Coupe! It is a professionally engineered display piece that you truly have to see in person to appreciate! Both car and coffee table were donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Maderas, CA to be raffled off in November 2009. The lucky winner held possession for about 3 years before its new and final owner would keep the classic up until 2019. Today, the odometer reads 6,537 miles and due to the previous owners' high standards of care, this custom Corvette has been always been garage kept since completion and therefore still operates wonderfully today! If you are looking for a mid-year Corvette with all the attributes of an original at a glance, but prefer the enhancements of a powerful, fuel-injected V8 and 5-speed transmission, then look no further! These additional features allow for the vehicle to better handle cruising speeds on the highway at lower rpm's and offer overall better fuel economy for the owner. These days, custom variants using modern chassis' and drivetrains easily selling for $250,000 at auction. With that being said, this powerful 1965 Corvette custom is an absolute bargain! Act fast before you miss out on a prime investment opportunity!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1233760
  • Price:$82,900
  • Location:St. Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1965
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvette Stingray
  • Exterior Color:Tuxedo Black
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:S3483

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