We are pleased to present this custom 1965 Corvette Convertible for your consideration.
As we’re prone to do from time to time, we went looking for an affordable, fun example of a second-generation Corvette. Our friends at bringatralier.com had this one posted on their site and we thought it was worth sharing here.
This 1965 Corvette convertible was acquired by the current seller approximately 15 years ago. The car came out of Washington State before being relocated to its present home in Encinitas, California. The current owner, who goes by Mark4400 (his account on bringatrailer.com), modified the car from its factory setup to include a number of performance and cosmetic upgrades.
The car was originally finished in Nassau Blue but was repainted black by McJacks Corvettes in Santa Ana, California. The Corvette’s body was fitted with aftermarket front fenders and a “stinger” hood. The center-section of the hood (including the stinger scoop) is finished with a tan paint/stripe accent. Per the records that come with the car, all of the body panels were professionally realigned. The car’s chrome trim is also stated to have been refinished and the original side-exhaust pipes and covers were re-fitted. Finally a replacement black convertible soft-top that features a plastic rear window was installed.
This Corvette is fitted with aftermarket seventeen-inch front and rear wheels that are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires – 225/45 in the front and 235/45 in the rear. The seller claims the body was previously removed from the frame by the car’s previous owner so that the frame could be professionally powder-coated. At the time the car was also said to have received a newer suspension setup as well as having rack-and-pinion steering added.
Moving inward, the car’s original blue vinyl interior was re-fitted with a tan-colored wool carpeting and color-matched door panels along with Scat Rally leather seats. The seats were fitted with lap belts for both occupants. The cockpit features an aftermarket three-spoke steering wheel and a set of Dakota digital gauges that includes a 160-mph speedometer and an 8,000-redline tachometer. The factory shifter was replaced with a Hurst-shifter and the factory radio was replaced with a “period-look” radio with a power (retractable) antenna. Elsewhere, a Dakota digital clock was installed. The car also comes with customer floor mats.
The car’s odometer indicates the car has just 1,273 miles on it, though the factory miles on this car are unknown. Presumably the odometer count reflects mileage since the dashboard install was completed, though we have not authenticated this information in any way. The current owner states that approximately 100 miles have been put on the car since all the upgrades/modifications were completed.
Under the hood resides a 383 cubic-inch V8 engine. While this is a replacement (crate) engine, it has been professionally blueprinted and stroked by JBA Speed Shop in San Diego, California. The engine was dynoed by JBA and is rated at 455 horsepower. The engine is equipped with an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, an EPS intake manifold, MSD ignition, chrome valve covers and an electric fan. Power is transferred to the rear wheels thru a four-speed manual transmission.
While this car is heavily modded from its factory-build, all indications are that this car was professionally built both mechanically and aesthetically. The pictures certainly indicate that this car is a clean-build, and the seller’s willingness to share all the documentation (see original post by clicking here) further proves the investment that was made into this build.
Given the growing popularity of resto-mods, this is a chance to buy a great-looking (and arguably great driving) C2 Corvetteat a price far below what you might pay from a dealer or professional auction house like Barrett Jackson or Mecum.
Should you choose to bid on this car, we wish you the best of luck. Corvsport.com has no professional ties to buildatrailer.com and has not been compensated in any way for sharing this listing.