NCRS-Winning 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 4-Speed Convertible
Current Bid: $45,500 (USD) by:
This 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a 59k-mile, NCRS "Top Flight" and multiple-award-winning example, and 1 of 2,157 produced with a factory-optioned Turbo Jet 396ci V8 for the year. After 35 years with the original California owner, the car was relocated to the East Coast, where it underwent a comprehensive body-off restoration. Work commissioned by the current owner was completed in 2007 and consisted of a professional respray in Glen Green, an interior refurbishment to include a teakwood steering wheel and telescoping steering column, power 4-wheel disc brakes, new tires on "knock-off" wheels, and more. Power is driven to the rear by the matching-numbers M21 4-speed manual gearbox and 4.56 positraction rear end. This C2 is offered with its original hardtop and wheels, a tan cloth retractable soft top, restoration documentation, memorabilia, and a clear Maryland title in the owner's name.
The body is finished in a professional, high-end Glen Green repaint that was applied during the restoration, and the car will come with both the original hardtop and a tan cloth soft top. The selling dealer reports that the factory side-pipe car has no history of accidents and indicates that fit and finish are exceptional. All original trim tags are present.
Knock-off 15” 5-spoke Torque Thrust polished aluminum wheels are wrapped in new BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, while the original wheel covers are included with the sale. Braking is handled by upgraded 4-wheel power discs.
The interior was refurbished and is trimmed in green vinyl over darker carpet, with a center console, and a teakwood 3-spoke steering wheel mounted to a telescoping column. Amenities include a heater and factory Wonderbar radio.
Instrumentation is housed within a black textured surround and consists of a 160-mph speedometer, 7k tachometer, an analog clock, and gauges for fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and voltage. The selling dealer asserts that the approximately 59k miles showing on the 5-digit mechanical odometer are original.
The matching-numbers L78 big block 396ci V8 is retained and was rated at 425 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque when new. The engine is paired with a matching-numbers Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission, with power going to the rear wheels via a 4.56:1 positraction rear end.
Additional photos showing the underside are available in the gallery.
The sale includes the factory hardtop, original wheels, documentation from the restoration, and other memorabilia. It has been judged and awarded NCRS Top Flight Honors at both the regional and national levels.