In the early 1960s Harley Earl retired, and new ideas came with new leadership. Bill Mitchell, GM’s new chief of design, had an incredibly successful idea: Stingray! Tradition was broken as the totally redesigned Corvette was offered as a coupe or a convertible with 4 engine choices. Both featured a streamlined appearance and improved passenger accommodations. The American public loved 1963-1967 Stingrays because they were fast machines that looked supersonic even when parked. They remain the most collectible Corvettes today.
The Sting Rays were the automotive success story of the year. Chevrolet had to add a second shift to its St. Louis, Missouri assembly plant to keep up with demand, and dealers reported owners waiting months for their cars to be built. By the end of the model year, Corvette production would surpass the 20,000-unit milestone.
For 1965 Corvette made a few changes to the Sting Rays. The horizontal grill bars were changed to black, the hood vent depressions were removed and the new vertical exhaust louvers in the front fenders were now functional. On the interior Instrument gauges were restyled with flat black faces and seats were redesigned with slightly larger and more supportive cushioning.
Fitted to this car; a numbers matching 327 cubic inch 300 horsepower V-8 L75 engine. The transmission is the factory optional 4 speed manual transmission. The exterior is Glen Green with a matching green vinyl interior and special cast aluminum knock-off wheels, gold wall tires and AM/FM Radio. This classic American Coupe is extremely solid and fun to drive. Complete frame off restoration, this car looks great. A great addition to any collection as it is one of the most collectable of all Corvettes.
The attached manufacturers plate reads as follows;
- Style # 65 437
- Body # S3338
- Trim # 430 AA
- Paint # 900GG
- VIN # 194375S118646