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1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2

Chevrolet introduced the iconic and revolutionary Sting Ray series in 1963. The styling was led by GM's chief of design, Bill Mitchell, assisted by many of the greatest and legendary names in American automotive styling. Unique features found on the 1965 model include the three vertical louvers on the bottom portion of the front fenders. 1965 was also the first year for all-wheel disc brakes for the Corvette.

For the 1965 year, the Corvette received no major improvements to the body of the vehicle. However, under the hood lurked a new 396 cubic-inch engine delivering 425 horsepower. A bulge in the hood of the Corvette hinted at this monster engine. Disc brakes were added and helped in stopping the vehicle. For an optional price, the exhaust pipes could be fitted to the side of the car, just like they had been done for the Bill Mitchell show cars.

At the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, the General Motors Futurama Pavilion was the largest exhibit. It included the new Mako Shark II, a cutaway 1965 Sting Ray fuel-injected coupe and a cutaway Mark IV 396 engine. The Cutaway Engine display was powered by a starter motor and used to display all the major components, build quality, and overall operation of the mid-1965 introduction of the 396 CID engine. The engine offered 425 horsepower, more than any of the other 396 engines manufactured from mid-1965 until production ended in 1969. It was also the end for the Rochester fuel-injection system, as the carbureted 396/425 option cost much less than the fuel-injected 327/375. The fuel-injected Corvette was not produced after 1965, and the 396 was quickly replaced by the 427 to keep up with other automakers.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020

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Very few vehicles elicit the same kind of satisfaction as the Chevrolet Corvette. The ‘Vette is a symbol of childhood dreams and grown up triumph. The only true American Sports car, this car stands for excellence and became an icon as a high-performance and dynamic sports vehicle. First introduced in January of 1953, the Corvette has only become more renowned as the years drift by. Undergoing many....
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Corvette's Chassis Innovations Refined on the Race Track

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Chevrolet puts a groove into your ride

Hot summer day… roof top down… wind in your hair … smile in your face… and Little Red Corvette cranked up to its loudest setting. Theres nothing like music in the car to make a journey really fly by. But, did you know that, aside from Princes classic hit, more than 600 songs across all genres and multiple generations mention Chevrolet, Chevy or the name of a Chevrolet vehicle in their....
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1965 Vehicle Profiles

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 194675S113056

This 327 cubic-inch Corvette Roadster was race bred. Built at the St. Louis assembly plant in 1965, it began its racing career in 1966 with racers from the San Diego area running Cal Club events.....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Convertible

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 s....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

The iconic Sting ray series, introduced in 1963 was revolutionary in American styling, GM's chief of design, Bill Mitchell, led the charge on this milestone design, assisted by some of the greatest names in American automotive styling. The 1965 mode....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

This Corvette is the first production year of the famous big-block 396 motor with a 425 horsepower engine and a powerful 11:1 compression ratio. It is also equipped with rare options such as an electronic ignition, a telescopic wheel, power windows a....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 194675S109795

This Corvette rolled off the assembly line of GM's St. Louis factory in February of 1965. It was delivered new to Guaranty Chevrolet of Santa Ana, California, before being purchased on April 5, 1965, by Robert McBride of nearby Buena Park. The car ca....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 194375 S116394
Engine Num: T0326IF S116394

In January of 1965, the performance of the Corvette was taken to another level with the introduction of the 396. This engine offered 425 horsepower. The new big block added $292.70 to the Corvette's $4,300 base price (compared to $538 for the Fuel-In....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Delmo Johnson, who owns Johnson Chevrolet in Dallas, Texas, received a call from Zora Duntov offering a special '427' Heavy Duty engine for the 1965 Sebring 12 Hour race. Delmo's plans were to run Grand Sport Number Three with co-drivers David Morgan....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Convertible

1965 was the third production year of the C2 Corvette. The car is a Ram-Jet fuel injected, or Fuelie, small-block 327 cubic-inch RPO L84 car boasting 375 horsepower at 6200 RPM (and 350 Lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM), the most powerful optional engine....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

Chassis Num: 194375S104590

This Nassau Blue 1965 Fuel Injected Corvette Coupe is a 2002 NCRS Top Flight award winner. It has a 327 cubic-inch V8 offering 375 horsepower and there is a 4-speed manual transmission. Currently, it has 28,350 miles on the odometer. It has a black i....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe

This 1965 Corvette was stored in a garage in Los Angeles since 1974. It was originally purchased from Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angeles, California. It was the largest Chevrolet dealership in the mid-1960s known especially for high-performance Corv....[continue reading]

1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 194675S115332

The second generation of the Corvette was the shortest production generation and ran for a mere five years. It was designed by larry Shinoda with major influence coming from a previous concept car called the Q Corvette, which was designed by Peter Br....[continue reading]

Convertible
Chassis #: 194675S113056 
Convertible
 
Fastback Coupe
 
Fastback Coupe
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 194675S109795 
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 194375 S116394 
Fastback Coupe
 
Convertible
 
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: 194375S104590 
Fastback Coupe
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 194675S115332 

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1965 Corvette C2
$3,210-$24,400
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Price Range: $2,947 - $3,210

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)1,451,305
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)2,092,947
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)2,139,290
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)2,206,639
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,206,639
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)2,375,118
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)2,318,619
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)2,237,201
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)2,061,677
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,318,014
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,653,168

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