With all the much-deserved hoopla over the upcoming C8 Stingray, it’s sometimes easy to push the previous generations that have built the Corvette’s reputation to the side.
This barn find 1965 Sting Ray convertible currently being eBayoffered on eBay for just about the same money as a 2020 Corvette might be just the ticket to change that, though, at least for the purists among us.
The seller, a dealership out of Orlando, Fla., is asking $65,000 for this Corvette, a little high in our opinion, but then again it’s not your typical ’65 Sting Ray.
This is one of just 771 Corvettes that left the St. Louis factory that year with the fuel-injected 327 V8 engine that cranked out an impressive 375 horsepower and propelled the car to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.2 seconds, with a top speed of 145 mph. Furthermore, it’s one of just 2,216 Sting Rays coated that year with Ermine White paint. For comparison’s sake, the most popular color in ’65 was Nassau Blue, with 6,022 examples produced.
A quick glance at the accompanying photos reveals a Corvette in pretty good condition, though not perfect by any means. Perfectionists might fret about the fact that the red interior isn’t the original color (it came originally with blue) or that the window trim is starting to separate a little from the white convertible top.
On the other hand, for a 54-year-old, this Corvette still has a lot of sting left, with the overall interior, exterior trim and chrome in good condition.
Particularly impressive is the fact that the original owner chose some highly desirable options, like a 4-speed manual transmission, power steering, knock-off aluminum wheels, AM/FM radio, teakwood steering wheel, telescopic steering column, and power antenna. The clock even works.
The sellers admit that having been in storage for more than five years, this Corvette needs to be serviced to get it ready for the road. But they add that it does “run, drive, stop and steer” and the “engine runs strong.”
So while you could basically get a brand new Corvette for what you’d pay for this ’65 classic, one thing the new car doesn’t include for its bargain-basement MRSP is the intangibles one gets from driving a piece of automotive history.
Maybe some lucky person will be able to afford the best of both worlds and be able to park a C2 Sting Ray and a C8 Stingray in their garage!
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