FACTS BY YEAR
1965 CORVETTE / GENERATION C2
1965. The third of what would become known as the five ‘mid-year’ Corvettes, would be the last year for fuel-injection as the ‘big block’ engine made its debut during the second half of the production run.
Newly-offered vertical exhaust louvers in the front fender were functional. Power radio antennas were introduced as standard equipment, as were four wheel disc brakes. Tire sizes were increased for the first time to 7.75 X 15. The ‘65 fuel-injected corvette was rated 0-60 mph at 6.3 seconds, 0-100 MPH in 14.76 seconds and claimed a top speed of 138 MPH.
A 1998 Top Flight winner from the National Corvette Restorers Society, this car was purchased in California in early spring of 2008 and shipped to Texas. Its factory options include the L84 327ci/375 HP fuel-injected engine...one of only 771 in ’65, a 4-speed manual transmission, genuine teak wood steering wheel, side mount exhaust system...one of only 759, cast aluminum knock-off wheels, AM-FM push button radio, power brakes, leather seats and tinted glass. It is also a ‘triple black’ car, referring to exterior, interior and convertible top colors.
1965 CORVETTE TRIVIA:
1965 was the last year fuel-injection was offered until many years later. Only 771 'fuelies' were sold in '65.
During the middle of the production run for '65, fuel injection was replaced by the introduction of the 396ci 'big block' V8.
The 396ci 425hp engine was only available during the '65 model year.
A 'power bulge' marked the hood of Vettes optioned with the big block, and side exhaust pipes were first offered in 1965.