1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Bold and Beautiful!

The aftermath of the 1963 Corvette brought a big change to the look of the back end of a Corvette. The love-hate relationship Corvette owners had with the 1963’s split rear window would go down in history as one of the most popular model years for Corvette. Still, decades later, the 1963 is extremely popular and considered more rare as the years pass by. In 1964, Corvette lost its love of the rear split window, mainly due to a safety hazard. Drivers could not see out the back of the car clearly, so Chevrolet removed the rear split window and the rest is history…as they say!

1965 Chevrolet Corvette - Black Roadster

The 1965 body style of the Corvette basically was the same as the ’63, and ’64 models, however what was not the same was under the hood! For 1965, Chevrolet would create a big monster under the hood of this beloved beauty of a car. A Big Block monster or 396 cubic inches with up to 425 horsepower propelling the macho shark from 0 to 60 in just   seconds, an amazing feat for 1965!

1965 Corvette Stingray is the first Vette to have four-wheel-disc brakes come standard. Production began for this new year model in August of 1964 and Chevrolet decided it was time to show off the Corvettes new stopping power.  Also available for the first time is a teakwood steering wheel and power-raising antenna for the AM/FM radio. A fully restored 1965 Corvette with the big block engine can fetch upwards of $100,000.

’65 Exterior

1965 Chevrolet Corvette - Front End

The 1965 Corvette’s exterior is certainly eye catching with its bulging fenders, hidden pop-up headlights, chrome bumpers and grill and the optional chrome side exhaust pipes. The destinctive hood bulge makes Corvette look powerful with Corvette crossed flags proudly presented on this hood. The Corvette received a nick name of Macho Shark due to the side gill looking open slots behind the front tire mainly to help with the hot air.  The rear end of the Corvette finishes out back in a special boat tail design with the fuel filler cap accenting the rear deck and the traditional twin round tail lights. The Corvette exterior was finished off in eight amazing colors, Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Nassau Blue, Glen Green, Milano Maroon, Silver Pearl, Rally Red, Goldwood Yellow.

’65 Interior

1965 Chevrolet Corvette - Interior

This two seater beauty for 1965 wash splashed with suprises on the inside too! A real teakwood steering wheel with optional power steering, accented the dash, as you looked down at the twin main guages showing the engine and ground speed. Auxiliary guages where strategically placed to the sides with manual window and door locks being standard issue for this year’s model. Other options included power brakes, power windows, AM-FM radio, air conditioning, and a telescopic steering column. A large cargo area is behind the seats will allow storage not usually found in a Corvette.

Engine Specifications

This would be the only year for the Chevy Big Block 396 V8 in Corvette. The 327 ‘fuelie’ was available through 1965, however it was dripped when the 1966 Corvettes were introduced. This made 1965 a unique and quite memorable model year for Corvette. The standard 327 Turbo Fire V8 was rated at 250 horsepower. The next available engine option was the 300 horsepower 327, then pushing the envelope a bit further, was the 327 350 horsepower engine. If that was not enough muscle, a 327 Ram-Jet fuel injected 327 turned 375 horsepower. Now we saved the biggest for last, the 396 cubic inch motor, rated at 425 horsepower would then dominate NASCAR.

1965 Chevrolet Corvette - 427 V8 Engine

In 1966 and 1967 two versions of the 427 big block were built offering two horsepower outputs. The standard 427 came with the single four-barrel carburetor and the upgraded mill came with three two-barrel carbs. The Corvette Stingray for 1965 packed quite a bargain with a sticker price starting at $4,100 and sales again soared to 23, 652 units.

Often referred to as the mid-year Corvettes, these valuable beauties have really gained great popularity! These were the years, 1963 through 1967 that really made Corvette extremely know in the car collector world.  Most loved the first years of the Corvette, with it stunning and unique style, but it wasn’t until Chevrolet put real raw power under the hood, that gained Corvette is fame. The power and optional features of this Corvette would become standard over the next decade of model years. Corvette enthusiests and car collectors actively seek this 1965 model year for it rare options, muscle under the hood and sleek body lines, making this one of the most desirable mid-year Corvettes every made!

1965 Chevrolet Corvette - White Roadster

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