This Milano Maroon coupe with a build date of April 30, 1965, was delivered new to Bryner Chevrolet in Jenkintown, PA. Although the name of the first owner is not known, it is clear that this Corvette was ordered with an eye for both performance and aesthetics.
This car was built with the rarest and most expensive engine offered in 1965 — the 375-hp, fuel-injected, high-lift cam engine, coupled with a Muncie close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear end. Milano Maroon Metallic paint was ordered for the body, and the highly desirable optional aluminum knockoff wheels with gold sidewall tires completed the striking presentation.
An ownership log listing each owner since 1976 states that the car was in Canada from that year through 1985, during which time the car was restored to factory specifications. Owner Sandy Thornburn, of Calgary, began the restoration work, but it is reported to have been completed by another owner, Doug Scott, also from Calgary. In 1990, the car is identified as having been in the ownership of Marvin Rouse of Garden City, KS.
During his ten-year ownership, the car received a Bloomington Gold award, showing slightly fewer than 56,000 miles on the odometer.
In 2002, under its then-owner, Lynn Henish, the coupe was re-certified by the NCRS with a Top Flight award. According to the judging sheets, the car received an impressive composite score of 97.1 out of 100 points. Following the certification, and for its first time in decades, Henish enjoyed the award-winning coupe on the road, accruing some 9,000 miles before selling it privately to the current owner.
The Corvette is accompanied by its Protect-O-Plate and window sticker, as well as a comprehensive file containing an itemized list of parts restored and replaced, restoration receipts, photographs of the restoration and the car on display, customs paperwork, receipts and bills of sale from the various owners during the past 35 years. This is a truly outstanding, well-documented Corvette with rare options that shows the benefits of a high-quality restoration and decades of careful ownership and respectful use.