This 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible retains its numbers-matching 327 L84 fuel-injected V8, four-speed manual gearbox, and four-wheel drum brakes. Finished in Tuxedo Black over a Saddle vinyl interior, it was sold new at Raney Motor Co. in Salisbury North Carolina in June 1965. The car was the recipient of multiple Top Flight awards from the National Corvette Restorers Society in the 1980s, and the seller describes it as a very correct and documented example. This C2 Corvette is now being offered by the selling dealer with some original documentation, receipts from a recent service, and a clean California title.
For the 1965 model year, three gills were introduced on the front fenders along with new knock-off style wheel covers. The 1965 C2 was also the first car to come with Goldline tires. The body has been refinished in its original color at a point in the past.
The convertible top has been changed to beige to match the Saddle interior. It is believed that only 771 fuel injected cars left the assembly line in 1965.
The Saddle interior is thought to remain largely original with the exception of a replacement carpet. A radio delete came optioned from the factory, and the 89k indicated miles are believed to be correct.
The numbers-matching L84 327 V8 uses two-bolt mains, 11:1 compressions ratio, a solid-lifter cam, and a set of “double hump” heads, which were specifically designed for the Rochester Ramjet fuel injection. Recent servicing included and oil change and tune-up last month. Stampings and casting numbers can be seen in the gallery below.
An M20 four-speed manual sends power back to a Positraction 3.70:1 rear. Braking is handled by four-wheel drums, an option that is seen on only 316 of the Vettes built in 1965, the year that four-wheel disc brakes were introduced. The drum brake option resulted in a $64.50 credit as seen on the original window sticker below.
The documentation folder included with sale contains the original window sticker, Protect-O-plate, invoice, and dealer write-up. An NCRS award sheet and shipping report are also included with the sale. Filed under: c2