1965 Chevrolet Corvette
Award Winning Corvette
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
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“There's never been a sports car like Corvette. And there's never been a Corvette like the '65!” - Chevrolet 1965 magazine ad
To that gushing magazine advertising copy, we'd add that the Rally Red-over-black C2 '65 Coupe offered here definitely has no equal, and we can prove it. The car comes with its documented “Triple Crown” national awards:
- Chevy/VetteFest Nationals; Gold Spinner Award-2001 and 2003
- National Corvette Certification Board; Bloomington Gold-2001
- National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). Top Flight Award-2003
One of these recognitions is an achievement for any Corvette; receiving all three for the same car is nothing short of astonishing. For any Corvette owner looking to follow the time-honored car collector advice and acquire “the best one he can afford,” depending on his bank balance, this is it.
The 1965 Corvette—especially the coupe—is beloved by collectors as particularly special since they were the first Corvettes to offer 4-wheel disc brakes. Some say it was at that point that the car became a true competitor to European sports cars like Porsche and Jaguar that had long dominated the category. Delivered new at Gretter Chevrolet in Keota, Iowa, this Corvette was ordered with a very specific equipment list reflecting an owner who valued sporting performance and knew exactly how to get it, including:
- 327 cubic-inch/365 horsepower/300 lb-ft torque performance L76 V8 engine
- Four-speed floor-shifted manual transmission
- Wood steering wheel
- Knock-off (quick take-off) wheels
- Posi-traction rear axle
The sale includes the original factory window sticker and the owner's hand-written 2-page record of every specification on the car, from spark-plug gapping to solid-lifter valve clearance (0.30” for those keeping score). Also included are the car's protect-o-plate with related information booklet, the “owners guide,” along with other pamphlets supplied to the original purchaser by the dealer.
Visually, and from every angle, including underneath, the car is absolutely impeccable. The knock-off wheels, the gold-stripe tires, the vertically-mounted radio, the cockpit-like interior, the bespoke dash and console, the hidden headlights, the center-rear-deck fuel filler cap, and of course, the Mako-inspired exterior lines of the car are all stunning signature Corvette design cues. In this red and black combination, it's a standout sports car statement.
While the more than 215 high-definition photographs available on the GarageKeptMotors website, together with the short startup-and-walk-around video, faithfully represent the car, nothing will substitute for an in-person inspection. We welcome and encourage such visits to our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom by advance appointment only. By all means, bring your camera. Meanwhile, if you have questions, please get in touch by phone or email.
The 1965 Corvette was every bit as special when it was launched 55 years ago as this remarkable example is today. After all, how many cars ever rated their own hit song?
Little red Corvette
Baby you're much too fast
Little red Corvette
You need a love that's gonna last
Thanks to Prince for helping pen the write-up of this breathtaking “little red Corvette.” And just like in the song, this one's looking for its next lover.