The 1965 Corvette marked a number of milestones in the history of America’s sports car, including four-wheel disc brakes and the big-block 396 engine as the car continued to evolve and improve with each passing year.
A nice example of a’65 Sting Ray that has continued to evolve even more over the years is up for sale on Bring a Trailer, where the high bid has reached just $30,000 with four days to go in the auction.
The car has been nicely updated not long ago, with the addition of a small-block 396 V8 stroker engine leading the way, connected to a Tremec TKO five-speed manual transmission. The car also features a 750-cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor, hi-rise intake manifold, Carter electric fuel pump, a 100-amp generator, electronic ignition, tube headers, Borgeson power steering pump, SuperCool water pump, and an aluminum radiator with two electric cooling fans. Brake improvements include Hawk Racing pads, braided hoses, and speed bleeders on the stock calipers.
Another more visible touch is the new paint job in Radar Blue in place of the original Glen Green during 2017 when the “renovations” to this second-generation Corvette were done. The white soft top adds a nice contrast, and we especially like the polished 16-inch American Racing Torq Thrust wheels with staggered-width BFGoodrich g-force Sport tires (though these would need to be replaced since they have a 2008 build date). The side pipes and aftermarket body-colored mirrors add to the aggressive look.
During the work four years ago, the owner added VBP upper control arms, shorter coil springs, Bilstein shocks, front and rear sway bars, a 12.7:1 steering box, relocated outer tie rods, F41-style rear leaf spring, adjustable rear camber rods, and polyurethane bushings.
The tan leather interior offers a nice contrast to the new blue paint. Elsewhere inside, you’ll find a carbon fiber-look steering wheel, the usual gauges, and aftermarket switches mounted in a faux carbon fiber plate in the radio opening.
If you crave originality, the stock 327 V8 is also included with the sale.
All in all, though, we like the look of this car as it sits now. Even though it’s not the way it left the St. Louis factory 56 years ago, we have a feeling that Zora & Co. would be pleased with the improvements made in the years since.
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