1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" 396/425 CoupeSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $150,000-$200,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $170,500

425hp 396 cu. in. V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes with four-piston calipers. Wheelbase: 98”

Following the introduction of the Sting Ray in 1963, Corvette engineers new they achieved their goal of creating a high performance, yet useable sports car. Hoping to improve on an already successful design, Chevrolet methodically made improvements. They came in the form of subtle styling changes from year to year and by adding a long list of available options. The technique worked quite well, and by 1965, had propelled Corvette ahead of most of its competitors.

For 1965, the front fender vents became functional, but the big news was that they also received disc brakes at all four corners and an optional 396 cid big-block engine. The 1965 396 had to be ordered with option K66 transistor ignition and a four-speed transmission. The big engine could not be had with air-conditioning. All big block cars had suspension and drivetrain revisions to handle the extra power and weight. These included heavier front coil springs, a thicker front stabilizer bar, a rear stabilizer bar and heavier attaching hardware for the axle shafts.

The example presented here is one of the most decorated and honored Corvettes in existence. It is unrestored and shows beautifully in white with a black interior. The odometer shows just 41,000 original miles and the car is complete with both hard and soft tops. The only modifications from new were carefully placed on the car, but can be easily removed and replaced with original parts – those parts are the bolt on wheels and side exhaust system. This example has been awarded Bloomington Gold (three times), Bloomington Survivor, Bloomington Benchmark and Bloomington Special Collection. In the history of Bloomington Gold judging, only 172 cars have been awarded Bloomington Benchmark.

Bloomington Gold Defines BENCHMARK®:

This is America’s most prestigious Corvette award. The Benchmark award is for those very rare, select Corvettes that represent the ultimate in factory originality and condition. Benchmark Corvettes are not only unrestored, but also in show room new condition. In other words, it is as if it were put in a time capsule at the time of factory delivery and preserved that way until the day it was judged. These cars would obviously make the perfect research pieces for anyone doing a restoration or trying to learn about cars of that vintage and type. ... hence the name, Benchmark.

Entrants must be judged in both Survivor and Certification during the same weekend. Only Corvettes qualifying in all four of the four categories of Survivor, as well as the 25.4 mile road test and receiving Gold Certification at the same Bloomington Gold will be awarded the highly coveted and prestigious Benchmark award. These Corvettes are truly the Benchmarks of the marque.

In addition to the Bloomington Gold awards, this example also received the coveted Gold Spinner Award and NCRS Top Flight at the Chapter, Regional and National Levels.

Reference Number 10056

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" 396/425 Coupe
VIN 19467S118965 
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