One of just 41 Big Tank Corvette Coupes produced in 1965 will be on the block at the Hollywood Wheels Amelia Island Select auction in Florida March 12-15.
This silver over black coupe comes with a rich though dated pedigree, too, including Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1989 and 1995, Bloomington Certified in 1987, National NCRS Top Flight award in 1993,and Chevy Vettefest Triple Crown award in 2004.
The legendary Naber Brothers restored the car in 1993.
1965 turned out to be a banner year for the C2 Corvettes as it marked the first year for the big blocks, 4-wheel disc brakes, and nicer interior creature comforts.
This particular car has a matching numbers 327/300hp engine and was an export model. The long list of options includes metric speedometer in kilometers, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, positraction rear end, power steering/brakes/windows, black leather interior, tinted glass, AM/FM, day/night mirror with backup lights and the rare Teakwood steering wheel and telescopic column.
The “Big Tank,” of course, refers to the car’s 36-gallon gas tank that minimized fill-ups during races.
This 1965 Tanker has been on the auction tour the last few years. Part of the Rick Davis collection, the Tanker was offered for sale at the 2014 Mecum Kissimmee auction where it reached a high bid of $135,000. The car returned to Mecum for the 2015 Kissimmee auction where it reached a high bid of $165,000. Mecum’s estimate for the car in January was a selling price between $250,000 – $350,000.
Hopefully, this unique and rare 1965 Corvette Sting Ray Big Tank Coupe will find a home at the Amelia Island Select auction later this month.
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