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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with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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