When the new-for-1963 Sting Ray was introduced, it is unlikely that its creators understood the impact it would make on the automotive world. Long considered a modern classic, the Sting Ray was an unqualified success, outselling the 1962 models by 48%. Meanwhile, a second shift was added at the St. Louis assembly plant to meet the growing demand.
While the Sting Ray was continuously improved, the big news for 1965 was the mid-year release of the Mk IV 396 V8 engine, derived from the 427-ci “mystery motor” that was banned from NASCAR. Producing 425 brake horsepower, the 396 option included a mandatory transistorized ignition and 4-speed transmission, while air conditioning was not available. Finally, all Corvettes received four-wheel disc brakes with four-piston calipers and ventilated rotors.
This remarkable, unrestored example is one of a mere 2,157 1965 Corvettes equipped with the legendary 396-ci V8. The odometer shows just over 41,000 original miles, and the car is offered complete with both a white hard top and a black soft top. The Corvette also features a set of knockoff finned aluminum wheels, an optional AM/FM radio, power-operated antenna, and a desirable teak-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel.
While not detailed and showing some evidence of road use, the engine, underhood area, and undercarriage are well-maintained, period-correct, and tidy in their presentation.