To appreciate the true value of a 1965 Chevrolet Roadster is to have at least some regard for the environment in which it was given birth. This was the mid-sixties and the country was going through turbulent times. We were emerging from the fifties and the Beatnik era and were enveloped deeply in the British invasion.
Automotively, America was placing its flag in the ground to win the hearts of youthful drivers with the introduction of the Ford Mustang to compete with the established Chevrolet Corvette. While the mid-sixties Mustang gets much of the credit for the evolving marketplace, another player was king of the market at the time. This was the iconic 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster. It was a time of good vs evil and when car brands were worth discussing and even debating over.
In the mid-sixties, the Chevy Corvette was GM’s heavyweight contender. It fought off European sports cars and American challengers. People desired a Corvette without even driving or sitting in one. Its racing flag logo had a unique appeal that remains unmatched.
This was a car dreams and fantasies were made of. It was a car millions aspired to.
In 1965, Chevy produced 23,500 Sting Rays. While miniscule by today’s standards, it was the most successful production year for the Corvette to date. Almost two-thirds of those cars produced were convertibles.
The 1965 Chevy Corvette Roadster was a third year, second generation Corvette model that had already established itself as a high-performing, impressively handling vehicle.
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster had European styling with smoother lines. Three grille bars accented the center front of the car, leading to a smooth, flatter hood. It was considered one of the most aerodynamically designed cars of its time. The fiberglass body is riveted to a one-piece metal frame. Twin retracting headlamps became an iconic part of this Corvette.
This Corvette features the legendary 327 cubic-inch V8 engine that generates 250 horsepower. While perhaps not impressive compared to today’s super cars, the 1965 Corvette Roadster is exceptionally light and nimble. You are also rewarded with the classic roar of a GM engine.
The 1965 Corvette is a classic two-seater with tightly stitched bucket seats and a straight-forward dashboard and console. While luxuries are minimal, it overachieves in style and sex-appeal. This has been a high-performing collectible car that, like fine wine, will continue to only get better with age.
Revisiting a classic like the 1965 Corvette Roadster can rejuvenate the spirit and rekindle the soul. It also may not be a bad overall investment for the future.
A small production run and classic, timeless good looks makes the 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster well worth considering…when you can find one.
Check our inventory for one of these rare finds. We’re proud to offer a 1965 Corvette Roadster with matching #’s 327/300 and a complete OEM FRAME UP PERIOD CORRECT RESTORATION.