1965 Chevrolet CorvetteFuelie
Year of manufacture1965
Number of doors2
Number of seats2
Beautiful Factory Fuel Injection L84 Corvette, 327ci/375hp
Showing 44,600 Miles
Fuel-Injection Unit Recently Rebuilt by Larry Webb
Recent Invoices totaling over $20,000.00
Factory Four Wheel Disc Brakes
Capturing a totally new look and brimming with advanced performance features, the Corvette Stingray (C2) changed everything about sports cars, both in America and Europe. Revealed in 1963, the all-new Stingray, the new generation Corvette was penned by the young Pete Brock first as a racecar variant and later refined by then in-house Corvette designer Larry Shinoda. Given the game-changing visual design, Chevrolet knew the Corvette would greatly benefit from advanced features. Performance legend Zora Arkus Duntov was called upon to unleash a wide range of racing-inspired concepts to the chassis, suspension, and powertrain. Using a refined and thinner fiberglass body, the new chassis employed more central steel structural elements, independent rear suspension, and greater passenger room. Further design features included hide-away headlights, twin-cowl dash with full performance instrumentation, improved steering, and a range of performance packed engines.
By 1965 the body design was refined with minor improvements including new functional front fender vents, a smoother hood, and other minor trim revisions. Continuing to offer the best and most innovative mechanical systems, Chevrolet offer all-new four-wheel, four piston, disc brakes as standard equipment on the 1965 Corvette – a big improvement in braking over the previous drum brake systems. Under the hood, the newer big block engines would begin their dominance as part of the cubic inch race to massive power, making this the last year of the legendary Rochester Fuel-Injected 327/375hp engine that had become a more costly option when compared to the new 396/425hp unit. Even with the big block on hand, 771 astute buyers who still craved a more balanced sports car with lighter front weight, bigger brakes, and snappy power, stepped up and ordered what would become the last of the “Fuelie” Corvettes – a hiatus that would last for 18 years.
With history of ownership in the file dating back to 2006, the current and previous owners believe this 1965 Corvette to have been repainted and restored with the body remaining on the chassis and much of the interior retained as original. As a factory built 1965 Fuel-Injection car, it is one of just 771 ordered new, still retaining a matching numbers engine with many of the factory original components still in place under the hood. The interior door panels are newer reproduction units and the tinted windshield and driver’s side door glass have been replaced, but the vent windows, passenger side door glass and rear glass all bear the marks of original GM glass. Under current ownership the car has benefitted from expert care including a $7,300.00 2017 Fuel-Injection unit rebuild by Corvette legends Larry Webb and Dick Jones. Additional work has performed on the car over the past five to six years at the 34th Street Garage with service records totaling more than $20,000.00. The Corvette has been meticulously maintained and driven at least once per month for the last 6 years, since current ownership acquisition.
Today this 1965 Corvette presents in great condition, having benefited from a restoration some years ago that continues to show very well. The restoration has mellowed nominally over the years as the two more recent previous owners enjoyed both driving and casual car events with the car. The silver metallic paint is correctly applied with excellent coverage and properly mixed metallic flake. The body exhibits solid fit and finish to the doors and hood line with smooth fiberglass corners, correctly finished edges, and properly painted underside panel and door jamb areas. The retractable headlight door fit to the body lines, offering smooth operation when activated. There is a small crack in the paint near one of the headlights as seen in photos. The chrome trim and badges are wonderfully finished and detailed, including the distinctive front fender emblem displaying the factory red, white, and blue Fuel-Injection logo.
The cast aluminum wheels are in excellent condition, correctly finished with dark gray recessed areas correctly painted with polished aluminum top surfaces, set off by chrome plated, triple-ear knock offs. The BF Goodrich tires are modern radial units which improve highway driving and safety far exceeding the earlier bias ply original tires often seen on show cars. The glass, lights, and lenses are in excellent condition including a correct replacement tinted windshield. The exterior presentation overall is nicely balanced and refined, especially so in the subtle Silver Pearl metallic which shows off the unique features of the C2 design.
Inside, the car continues to impress with an interior that has been faithfully restored to original specifications, blending very well with various parts and features that appear factory original. The distinct twin-cowl dash is in excellent condition and the colorful and highly detailed gauges are very nicely detailed along with the distinct vertical radio (upgraded with Bluetooth), control knobs, centrally located clock (works great!), and beautifully finished teak wood steering wheel. At the rear of the interior, the side panels, rear panel, and headliner are all in excellent condition blending with the black carpeting. The center console proudly displays the 4-speed manual gearbox, echoing the performance heritage of these capable cars.
Under the hood, restoration details and attention to accuracy continues to impress including a numbers matching engine and factory correct Fuel-Injection unit (see photos), intake manifold, and air induction. Several various engine components are numbered and correct including the exhaust manifolds, intake manifold, distributor, injection plenum, and other important features. Detailed numbers have been recorded for reference and are included with the documentation on the car. While some of the fasteners and various hardware deviate slightly from original factory specifications, only Corvette experts might note the variations, most of which are allowances for modern use including a non-original alternator, modern battery, modern wiring provisions, 7 bladed fan, and various hardware updates. The prominent casting plenum of the Rochester Fuel Injection is correctly finished, matching the finned valve covers, as one might expect having been prepared by seasoned Corvette veteran and Fuel-Injection expert Larry Webb.
Underneath the car, the suspension, driveline components, performance equipment, and disc brakes all appear correctly restored including the independent rear suspension and 4:11 gearing which makes for excellent off-the-line performance. The underside components display generally correct finishes, contemporary Bilstein shock absorbers, clean suspension hardware, and newer suspension bushings.
The car starts and runs with a deep throaty idle and great throttle response when pushed even moderately. The mechanical fuel injection has great response in the powerband, rewarding drivers who enjoy working the 4-speed just as Duntov intended. Suspension, braking, and spirited performance are consistent to when originally engineered more than fifty years ago, making the overall driving experience very rewarding even for modestly capable drivers.
Beautifully refurbished and ready for local shows, enjoyable driving, or Corvette Club events, this rare and desirable Fuel-Injected 1965 Corvette still delivers on the promises of top-level performance offered when new. Representing one of the finest examples of performance excellence, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting example of vintage American sports car performance and design, than the legendary C2 Corvette.
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