1965 Corvette Specifications, History, Features & Info

Today on Vette Vues blog we are looking at the 1965 Corvette’s history, features and specifications.

The 1965 Corvette Sting Ray was manufactured in St. Louis.   As a matter of fact, from 1954 to 1981, Chevrolet manufactured 700,000 Corvettes in St. Louis, Missouri.

Posing with their new ’65 Corvette Sting Ray Convertibles in St. Louis, are the Tangier Shriners who just picked their new convertibles up.

Tangier Shriners 1965 Corvettes in St Louis
Tangier Shriners 1965 Corvettes in St Louis

The 1965 Vette is the second generation (C2) of the sports car. It was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the model years 1963 to 1967. It is also known as the Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray.

  • Total Built – 23,562
  • Convertibles – 15,376
  • Coupes – 8,186

The Sting Ray became fierce with the mid-year debut of the “Big-Block” 396 cu in engine producing 425 hp.  This was the first year for the Big Block a 396ci, 425hp engine that also required a special hood.

1965 Corvette Magazine Ad about the new Turbo Jet 396 V8 Engine
1965 Corvette Magazine Ad about the new Turbo Jet 396 V8 Engine

They also add four-wheel disc brakes to counter the forward force of the new powerplants.

The styling changes were otherwise small. It had new optional standard side exhaust pipes, a restyled grille, functional front fender louvers, and new wheel covers. (This was the first year for side-mounted exhaust systems.)

1965 Corvette Vehicle Information Kit, and Corvette Specifications

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1965 Corvette Specifications (PDF)
We have included with our 1965 Corvette Specifications a historical photo from General Motors Archives
We have included with our Specifications a historical photo from General Motors Archives
We have included with our 1965 Corvette Specifications a historical photo from General Motors Archives
General Motors Archives

You might also enjoy a short video of a beautiful 1965 Corvette show car. This classic Mid Year Corvette is on display at the Corvette Chevy Expo in the Galveston Island Convention Center:

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