Strong sales continued in 1965 and Chevy pushed hard on production, growing sales volume for the third year in a row. In total, 23,562 units of the 1965 model year produced. Some very exciting things happened to the C2 generation 1965. This was the first year for the “Big Block” a 396ci, 425hp engine that needed a special hood to make room for the monster motor. The hood also has the funnel shaped “power blister” air scoop. The vertical louvers on the side of the car are now functional and the blacked out grill has horizontal bars. The depressions on the standard hood were removed.
Of the cars produced, 8,186 were coupes (34.74% of all cars produced) and 15,376 were convertibles (65.26% of all cars produced).
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1965 Production Volumes by RPO Codes & Colors
Below, we have broken out the 1965 Corvette production builds by RPO codes and options so you can see how popular or rare certain options were.
Several new options were added in 1965. New knock-off wheels were finally available from the factory. A side exhaust system was offered which made the car look even more aggressive. A telescoping steering wheel and new gauges were added. Disc brakes were standard for the ’65 Vette but drums were an option (you got a credit too if you choose this option). The seats were redesigned with larger and more supportive cushions. This was the only year for the 396 ci “Turbo Jet” engine. A special order heavy duty transmission (M22) dubbed the “Rock Crusher” because of the sounds it makes while shifting was an option in ’65.