Lot #36: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Fuel-Injected Fastback (Not Available)
Incredibly original investment-grade, unrestored example from the last model year for the legendary RPO L84 327/375 Fuel-Injected Corvette with only 9,600 miles.
- Unrestored and original final-year "Fuelie" with just 9,600 miles!
- Inducted into Bloomington Gold Great Hall of the greatest 50 Corvettes
- Bloomington Gold, Survivor, and Duntov Mark of Excellence certified
- NCRS Top Flight Award winner; stunning, virtual factory-fresh example
- Original Ermine White exterior with Red Leather interior
- Original 4-speed transmission and original 4.11:1 rear end
- Highly documented and verified with original paperwork
- Retaining original Teakwood steering wheel and glass
- Investment grade, as new, and simply spectacular throughout
|Engine Number:||5106876 - FI22THG|
Very rare as 1 of only 776 "Fuelies" produced for 1965. Highly decorated with Bloomington Gold, Survivor, and Duntov Mark of Excellence certification, NCRS Top Flight, and inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall of the 50 greatest Corvettes known to exist in the United States. Retaining original 4-speed manual transmission, 4.11:1 rear end, Teakwood wheel, glass, Ermine White paint, and Red leather interior.
Specifications: RPO L84 327 cu. in. V-8 engine, Rochester mechanical fuel injection, 375 bhp @ 6,000 rpm, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with front A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods, and single transverse leaf spring, and power-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 98"
From its late-1963 introduction, the all-new second-generation Corvette marked a quantum leap forward. A Road & Track retrospective article published in 1975 described it as an "...engineering tour de force," going on to praise the relentless engineering improvements bestowed upon its landmark basic design, courtesy of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the "Godfather of the Corvette," and his engineers.
In addition to its sleek and futuristic new body design, guided by Larry Shinoda under GM design chief Bill Mitchell, the new Corvette Sting Ray delivered world-beating performance capabilities to match its aggressive good looks. Handling was outstanding, thanks to a thoroughly redesigned chassis including the first all-independent suspension on a Corvette, personally developed by Corvette engineering chief Zora Arkus-Duntov. The all-new Corvette generated immediate acclaim with Motor Trend testers remarking, "We thought the old model cornered darn well, but there's no comparing it to this new one." Prophetically, Road & Track reported the second-generation Corvette "will know few peers," a statement confirmed by the Sting Ray's virtually countless racing wins on the track and fast-growing sales at dealer showrooms.
Before the new-for-1963 Corvette Sting Ray even appeared in Chevrolet showrooms, fast-rising drivers like Bob Bondurant, Allen Grant, Dick Guldstrand, and future Shelby American ace Dave MacDonald had them on the track. In November 1962, Doug Hooper won the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside in one of the Mickey Thompson racing team's Z06 Corvettes - an impressive debut on the new Sting Ray's first race outing - and convincingly put Shelby's upstart Cobras back onto their trailers.
Carefully and continuously improved, the Corvette matured into a universally respected sports car. It finally gained a long-awaited set of disc brakes at all four corners for 1965 and continued to feature an ever-expanding list of available powertrain combinations. The 1965 model year also marked the last for the race-bred RPO L84 fuel-injected 327 V-8, now rated at 375 horsepower with just 776 so equipped. Today, while all surviving second-generation Corvettes are unqualified collector and enthusiast favorites, the legendary competition aura of the rare "Fuelie" keeps it at the top of the all-time best list.
Already exceedingly rare as one of just 776 RPO L84 327/375 Corvettes from the last model year in 1965, this unrestored, 9,600-mile example retains the original 4-speed manual transmission, 4.11:1 rear end, Teakwood wheel, glass, Ermine White paint, and Red leather interior. In addition to is many options and wonderful presence, it is highly decorated with honors including NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold, Survivor, and Duntov Mark of Excellence certification, Additionally, it was inducted into the select Bloomington Gold Great Hall of the greatest 50 Corvettes known in the United States. Virtually brand new and simply spectacular, this end-of-an-era, fuel-injected Corvette is accompanied at auction with excellent documentation including all order and purchased paperwork. Please note; the "knock-off" wheels are not included with the sale of the car.