The second generation of Chevrolet Corvettes, from 1963 through 1967, was the best, in my humble opinion, with fantastic landmark styling that still looks great and the performance tweaks dialed in by the legendary engineer and Corvette guru Zora Arkus-Duntov.
The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe (click on the link to see the advertisement), a low-mileage, one-family-owned example that has been extensively restored.
The original owner ran his new Corvette at “the now-defunct Santa Maria Dragstrip” in Southern California, according to the Oakland, California, dealer advertising the sports coupe on ClassicCars.com. “We have a time sheet of a 14.12 et at 99 mph.”
“The car was then retired and stored sometime in 1975,” the ad says. “It was brought out of storage and restored by the son of the original owner. It is a rebuilt numbers-matching-block, HV-code 327-350hp!
“The heads and intake and carburetor were replaced. The car has a new Tremec SST Close Ratio 5 speed with new clutch. We have the original numbers-matching 4 speed.”
The Corvette shows just 37,000 original miles, the seller says, and has its original manuals and Protecto Plate, plus “stacks of restoration receipts.”
“It was repainted in its original color of Nassau Blue,” the dealer adds. “The original knock-off wheels were restored and shod with new rubber. Front suspension was completely rebuilt with VBP fiberglass monospring and square control arms.
“Brakes were completely rebuilt. Rear suspension is stock and unmodified. The interior was partially restored with rebuilt gauges, new seat upholstery and door panels.”
The Corvette looks like it needs nothing and, with the 5-speed trans, should be a totally enjoyable craft for long road trips and rallies, cruising easily at fast highway speeds.
The 350-horsepower small-block V8 is the perfect engine for these Corvettes, preferable to the heavier big blocks that came later (also IMHO). The 327 has loads of usable power and with its lighter weight, helps maintain the excellent balance of these cars.
With prices for highly desirable sports cars like this Corvette going through the roof as of late, the asking price of $79,900 for this nice example seems reasonable.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.