- Five-time NCRS Top Flight award winner
- Numbers-matching 327-cubic-inch V-8 engine
- First year for four-wheel independent disc brakes
- Desirable Rally Red finish with matching red leather interior
- Complete ownership history, including certificate of origin
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1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Roadster
When most people think of sporty cars from the mid '60s, often the Mustang or the GTO come to mind - after all, they had lots of power and were marketed well. But when Zora Arkus-Duntov began putting a variety of V-8 engines into the Corvette Sting Ray, all bets were off as the Sting Ray became the most sought-after American sports car of the era. By 1965, it was more refined, faster, and engineered better than anything else on American roads; driving a Corvette Sting Ray became a symbol of status and prestige. As the 1965 model year approached, the design team behind the Chevy Corvette continued to refine the overall design of the C2 Sting Ray, focusing on significant mechanical upgrades that would vastly improve the Corvette's already impressive handling and drivability. 1965 really marked the end of any new development of the second-generation Corvette as Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell began each championing the effort to develop the third-generation Corvette. Duntov's group was seeking to develop the mid-engine Corvette that was synonymous with cars like Porsche's mid-engine Carrera GTS coupe; Mitchell finally won out with the new front-engine Mako Shark design, but it took nearly two years to make it to market. For the 1965 Corvette, changes were small and mostly cosmetic: a smoothed hood, a new black and chrome grille treatment, new wheel cover options, and new rocker panel moldings. The changes to the interior were likewise subtle, with all-black gauge faces and more supportive seat surfaces with more substantial upholstery and integrated armrests. Most important, however, four-wheel independent disc brakes became standard equipment, a feature that is still in Corvette production today.
This lovely 1965 Corvette Roadster is beautifully restored to highly original condition, proven by a remarkable achievement. It has received the highest Corvette honor, the National Corvette Restorers Society Top Flight award, five times. It is powered by its 327-cubic-inch, 300-horsepower, numbers-matching engine, and the correct two-speed Powerglide transmission. Our staff reports that it starts easily, runs great, and sounds fantastic.
This fine example has been refinished in the vibrant and desirable Rally Red lacquer finish, with matching red leather interior that presents like new. Both the finish and the panel fit are excellent, and the white soft top is like new, as is every piece of chrome and trim. Factory options include a matching hard top, power steering, power brakes, AM/FM radio, power antenna, wide whitewall tires with spinner caps - and even the optional rear luggage trunk rack, a handy feature on these cars.
The purchase of this rare Corvette features a complete owner history, the original certificate of origin, all the NCRS awards and copies of each title with ownership information. Other interesting documents include a complete file of the pictures during restoration that validate the car's extensive pedigree. If a Vette that literally ticks all the boxes sounds interesting, don't miss the chance to bid on this wonderful award-winning 1965 Corvette Roadster.