Mid-year Corvette coupes with the 36.5 gallon gas tank option are pretty rare, there having been a total of only 210 built in the 1963 – 1967 model years. But the 1965 Big Tank coupe offered at Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction at the Osceola Heritage Park in (where else?) Kissimmee, Fla. January 16-24 is unique because of its comfort and convenience options not usually found on Big Tank Vettes.
The oversized gas tank was among those options Corvette offered, such as the off-road exhaust and special front and rear suspension options that were directed to buyers who wanted to take their Corvettes racing. Consequently, these cars tend to also have fuel-injected or big block engines, four-speed transmissions, and plain-Jane interiors.
Not so with our ’65 Big Tank. In addition to the big tank option (1 of 41 for 1965), our Silver Pearl Corvette is equipped with the matching numbers base 327/300 hp engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, black leather interior, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tinted glass, Teakwood steering wheel, tilt column, AM/FM radio, day/night mirror, and backup lights. Really, now—how many racers want backup lights?
After being built in St. Louis on Valentine’s Day of 1965, the car was shipped to the buyer in Holland, where it resided for the next 10 years. Making this Corvette even more unique is its very rare metric speedometer calibrated in km/hr. Since being repatriated to the U.S. it has been restored by the famous Nabors Brothers of Houston, Texas. Not surprisingly, this Corvette has achieved the following awards:
- NCRS Top Flight
- NCRS Duntov Award
- Bloomington Gold Certification
- Chevy Vettefest Triple Crown
- Bloomington Gold Special Collection twice – 1989 & 1995
This car is from the Rick Davis collection and was offered for sale at last year’s Mecum Kissimmee Auction, but was a no sale at a bid of $135,000. If you’re serious about this car, make a note in your checkbook about that bid.
This rare 1965 Big Tank Corvette will cross the block on Saturday January 24, 2015 as Lot S142. Mecum’s auction will be covered live on NBCSN on January 22 through January 24. For TV broadcast and auction details, please check Mecum’s website. Oh, and if you should be lucky enough to cast the winning bid, make sure you have enough money to fill up the gas tank.
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