1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Vehicle Profile

Convertible
High bid of $225,000 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers. (did not sell)
The Chevrolet Corvette provided a great platform for aspiring racers to take to the track and be competitive. One such individual was Herb Caplan who purchased a 1965 Corvette fitted with a 396 big-block motor. The car would prove competitive and successful in competition and would lay the ground work for many years to come. He, along with his mechanic/Co-driver, would win 46 wins out of 49 events entered. One of the losses was simply due to mechanical failure.

Many of the modifications to Caplan's Corvette were done by Dick Guldstrand, better known as 'Mr. Corvette.' He spent the majority of his adult life involved with developing, racing, and promoting the Chevrolet Corvette. In 1999, he was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame at the Corvette National Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As a Corvette racer, Dick won three consecutive Pacific Coast Championships, from 1963 through 1965, including the South Pacific A/P Championship. He won the GT-Class at the 1966 Daytona 24-Hour race, set a GT track record at Le Mans in 1967, and was the first professional driver for Roger Penske driving Roger's Corvette Grand Sport at Sebring in 1966 and 1967.

This 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Race car is known as '8-Ball Cobra Killer.' It was purchased new from John Geer Chevrolet and came from the factory as a Convertible with a 396 motor. The non-essential parts were removed and weight was reduced wherever possible. The initial weight of the vehicle was around 3,700 lbs, after all the modifications were completed, the car weighed about 2,700 lbs. The suspension was thoroughly tweaked, allowing the car to exit corners well ahead of the competition.

The 396 motor was used until it was damaged and replaced with a bigger Factory 427. It was raced in Cal Club SSCA events in the A-Class as well as USRRC GT Category. It even had a successful career racing as an A-Production car in the open GT Category.

Currently, the Corvette has a 427 engine rated at 425 horsepower and mated to a M-21 four-speed manual transmission. There is an independent suspension in both front and rear, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. It was recently featured in the NHRA Museum in Sonoma, after having undergone a compete restoration by a Corvette road-racing specialist. Many consider this car the first big-block Corvette to have been used as a 'test bed' for the new ideas and suspension modifications that allowed it be far superior in the corners than its competitors. Many of these improvements would later be adapted by Chevrolet Corvette drivers on tracks all over the world.

In 2009, this Corvette Race Car was offered for sale at the Houston Classic Auction in Seabrook, Texas, presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. The car was estimated to sell for $300,000 - $500,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had not been sold. Bidding had reached $225,000 but was not enough to satisfy reserve. Even after extra persuasion by the auctioneers, stating the car had an invitation to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a buyer could not be found and the car left the auction unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009

Chassis#

2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction
Estimated Value:$300,000-$500,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)$225,000

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History
2009Pre-Sale Estimates: $300,000 - $500,000

2017 51
2016 51
2015 52
2014 68
2013 64
2012 76
2011 55
2010 66
2009 38
2008 36

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$71,215$200,00051
2016$66,917$132,00051
2015$89,057$715,00052
2014$63,377$167,20068
2013$78,490$205,00064
2012$59,926$160,00076
2011$58,032$188,00055
2010$65,484$170,50066
2009$63,808$325,00038
2008$68,042$121,00036

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1965 sales)
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $42,000
  2017 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $56,000
  2017 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $39,000
  2017 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $57,000
  2017 Leake Auction : Dallas Fall
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $59,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $65,000
  2017 Mecum : Chicago
 
1965 Chevrolet CORVETTE L76 Roadster
Chassis#: 194675S117419
Sold for $52,250
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $40,000
  2017 Mecum : Louisville
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Trans Am Series
Sold for $110,000
  2017 Motostalgia Auction - Watkins Glen VGP
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $55,000
  2017 Mecum : Dallas
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $43,000
  2017 Mecum : Dallas
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $57,000
  2017 Mecum : Dallas
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $41,500
  2017 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $56,000
  2017 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $40,000
  2017 GAA : July
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Sold for $31,000
  2017 GAA : July
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $60,000
  2017 Mecum : Denver
 
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 396/425 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194675S121013
Sold for $110,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $60,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $105,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 

No Sale

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1965 Chevrolet Corvette F/I Roadster 2018 Russo & Steele   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$45,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$36,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$55,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$135,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$75,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$58,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 GAA : November$39,500  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2017 Collector Car Toronto Fall Classic$57,500  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Restomod 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $80,000$90,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible194675S1153322017 Mecum : Monterey$72,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 2017 GAA : July$40,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 GAA : July$53,000  
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/365194375S1192502017 BarrettJackson : Northeast   
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 396/425 CONVERTIBLE194675S1232162017 BarrettJackson : Northeast   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Portland$115,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 Convertible194675S1215822017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$65,000  
1965 Chevrolet COPO Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$90,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$62,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$77,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$90,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$37,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Spring $50,000$60,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2017 Mecum : Houston$52,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Houston$60,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Houston$117,500  

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