Everything You Want to Know About the 1965 Corvette, All in One Place.
As the 1965 model year approached, the design team behind the Chevy Corvette continued to refine the overall design of the C2 Sting Ray, making only minor cosmetic changes in the process. Instead, the focus for the second-generation’s third year centralized on some significant mechanical upgrades that would vastly improve the Corvette’s already impressive handling and drivability.
At the same time, 1965 would also mark the beginning of the end of the second-generation Corvette as Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell each began championing the effort to develop a third-generation Corvette, although each would bring with him a different interpretation of what that next-generation car would be.
Duntov’s group was actively seeking out ways to develop a mid- or rear-engine Corvette that was synonymous with cars like Porsche’s mid-engine Carrera GTS coupe. By contrast, Mitchell’s team had a different vision, one that would be fully realized in the development of the Mako II Concept vehicle, a car that would eventually become known as one of the most famous concept vehicles of all time.