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1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Convertible Vehicle Profile

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 photograph

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 photograph

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 photograph

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 photograph

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 photograph

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 photograph

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 photograph

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High bid of $225,000 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction. (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


2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $500,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $225,000

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1965 sales)
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/375 FUELIE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194675S100992
Sold for USD$128,700
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194675S108596
Sold for USD$220,000
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194675S104570
Sold for USD$106,700
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#: 194375S105713
Sold for USD$74,800
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$93,500
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$71,500
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$60,500
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$137,500
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$88,000
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$48,400
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$88,000
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$51,700
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod
Sold for USD$121,000
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$78,100
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$55,000
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$68,200
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$79,200
  2020 Mecum : Houston
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$61,600
  2020 Mecum : Houston
 
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$53,900
  2020 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/365 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194675S104327
Sold for USD$61,600
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Fall Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2021 Mecum : Kissimmee$45,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Houston   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kansas City$62,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kansas City$85,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kansas City$47,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Indy Fall Special$120,000$130,000$135,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Dallas$65,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible194675S1193472020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction $60,000$70,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special$70,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special$52,500  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special$70,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special$70,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Fuel-Injected Convertible194675S1124522020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, North America $125,000$150,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Indy$140,000$150,000$175,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2020 Mecum : Indy$85,000$125,000$150,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Indy$425,000$400,000$500,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Indy$105,000$175,000$200,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Indy$112,500  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2020 Mecum : Indy$45,000  
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE194375S1217682020 BarrettJackson : Online Only May   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Tribute194375S1198542020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online $100,000$110,000
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Glendale$185,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Glendale$60,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Glendale$70,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Glendale$70,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum : Glendale$100,000  
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 2020 McCormick's Auction # 68$90,000  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette L78 Coupe194375S1172372020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction   
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Restomod Roadster194675S1009412020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105122
Engine Num: 3105122-F1207RF
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105479
Engine Num: 3105479 F11126RF

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105850
Engine Num: F1120RF 3105850
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S105895
Engine Num: 3105895 I2I9RD

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30837S118180
Engine Num: F0611RF

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette
1963 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 30867S121099
Engine Num: 3121099 F0708RF

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1964 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 40867S103012
Engine Num: 4103012 F0927RE

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1965 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194375 S116394
Engine Num: T0326IF S116394

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1965 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194375S116511
Engine Num: F0420HG S116511

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1966 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194676S111114
Engine Num: T0106P 6111114

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: 194377S118016
Engine Num: TO425 JE 7118016

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S 105574
Engine Num: T0425 JE 7105574
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S102584
Engine Num: T08I7IL 7102584

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S116955
Engine Num: T0205JE116955

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S120664
Engine Num: T0424JE 7120664

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C2
1967 Convertible
Chassis Num: 194677S122767
Engine Num: T06I3JE7122767

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2

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