1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
It is unwise to just tinker with an American classic like the
Corvette Sting Ray. Changes should be meaningful. This fine road
machine was and still is America's only true sports car. So, for
1965, the Sting Ray underwent subtle refinements in styling that
only enhanced its unique looks and performance, always a basic
measure of Sting Ray's appeal. A new "street" engine developing 350
horsepower answers most enthusiasts' needs for traffic and highway
For consignment, a 1965 Bowtie warship, (Corvette), with a later
model V8, red fiberglass, nice black interior and a white
convertible top in presentable condition. Side-pipes, knockoff
turbine style wheels, front quarter air vents (shark gills) and all
restored to good condition, and we now have a classic for your
driveway and ultimate enjoyment. Turn the key and be off!
Red painted fiberglass showing some areas of distress mini
"fractures" throughout can be seen if you look very closely and
very noticeable areas of repair on the nose and top of the driver's
fender. With the split wrap around bumpers, hidden headlights,
newly designed grille and a hint of a stinger on the hood, the
design for the front of this car is meant to slice through the air.
A chromed trimmed windshield surround, and sleek rear of this car
with more split wrap around bumpers and round taillights. These
year 'Vettes really had the shark/stingray look. A lightly soiled
white canvas top in convertible form is atop, and sports a hazed
plastic rear window, as well as moves up and down with ease. All
this aero art form sits upon 15-inch turbine style knockoff hubs
and all wrapped up in raised white letter rubber to complete the
Supple black vinyl covers the bomber style low back buckets,
presenting with a split seam on the driver's lower cushion, that
have a center console racing past them and up to the dash it goes.
Here it ascends skyward housing the vertically mounted
AM/FM/Cassette radio, and temp control knobs with a large
chronograph clock in the center. From here the dash spreads out
using 2 eyebrow arched panels, the driver's side housing the gauge
and knob cluster, and the passenger side the brushed aluminum panel
glovebox. Black padded vinyl covers the dash top "eyebrows" and is
all in excellent condition. A teak wood steering wheel fronts this
clean and mean dash and adds a touch of warmth to the overall
interior. Speaking of warmth, very nice black carpeting is flooding
the floors, and a shout out to the door panels which are also near
perfection with their molded plastic and chrome trimmings with
chromed cranks, actuator and pulls. Behind the passengers a flip up
tonneau red fiberglass hinged panel covers not only the top in the
down position, but also a faded black carpeted storage area with
aftermarket speakers added.
Under the flip forward hood is an example of machined art with a
full metal jacket 350ci V8 circa 1969-1979. This is looking fine
with polished aluminum valve covers, a single 4-barrel carburetor
underneath the chromed air cleaner cover, and the mixture is sent
through a dull polished intake manifold. Only a light patina is
noted on this otherwise clean and functional engine bay. On back is
a Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission which carries a correct
casting number for the car but is missing its production and VIN
stamps. An AO 52466, (3.70 geared Positraction rear axle assembled
May 24th 1966), rear axle puts the power to the pavement.
Original and unrestored are the buzzwords down below. All
structurally sound and coated with surface rust and patina. Headers
snake down from the engine and the piping is quickly routed away
from the engine to either side taking a sharp turn to the outside
for the side pipes. We note the driver's chambered muffler and
piping is hanging down below the pipe guard and should be remedied.
Disc brakes are on all 4 corners and an independent coil spring
front suspension is complemented by a frame anchored fully
independent rear suspension with transverse leaf springs.
In need of a new battery and cables we were able to get this shark
fired up with the help of a jump box. Once powered it was a super
quick starter, settled into a smooth idle and upon the press of the
accelerator, a quick response to move forward, so it was off to the
test track. Here it handled like it was on rails, had bias free
panic stopping, and fantastic acceleration from that all buttoned
up 350ci power plant. I noticed the radio was inoperable but all
else was working.
A fine example of the 1965 Convertible Corvette that you don't have
to be afraid to enjoy and drive. The right red, the right top
(convertible) and the right engine (350/4bbl), and on the prowl for
its next victim. "When the shark bites...."
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
104747-Sequential Unit Number
E8-December 8th 1964 Build
TRIM STD-Black Vinyl
PNT QQ-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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