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Pick of the Day: Big-Block 1965 Chevrolet Corvette | ClassicCars.com Journal

The 1963 Corvette moved into modernity with a new chassis featuring independent rear suspension, recirculating ball steering, and improved weight distribution but, come 1965, the Corvette would feature several improvements that would make it arguably the most significant of the C2s. Our Pick of the Day, the first of the big-block Corvettes, demonstrates several of these improvements. It is listed on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Venice, Florida. (Click the link to view the listing)

It’s a toss-up between the ”split-window” 1963 and the 1967 swan song on what may be the most desirable C2 Corvette, but the 1965 is at the crossroads between the two, sharing the charms of the first and the final. From the earlier cars, the 1965 Corvette was available with a fuel-injected 327, now rated at a resounding 375 horsepower. In fact, it was the last year for fuel injection, all things being equal. Why did the engine end up falling out of the Chevrolet roster? Cost and demand are two logical conclusions — in fact, only 771 were built in 1965.

Compare the cost of the Fuelie ($538) with that of the all-new Turbo-Jet 396 ($292.70), which was introduced in January 1965. Though the big-block had a slightly different purpose, it was a purpose that American enthusiasts were increasingly clamoring for. The solid-lifter big-block was rated at 425 horsepower and was also available for full-size Chevrolets; from 1966-70, it became available for the Chevelle SS 396, 1967-70 Camaro SS, and 1968-70 Nova SS, though rated at 375 horses. All 396 Corvettes received a hood with a “power blister” that distinguished them from its 327 brethren.

But arguably the most notable change for the Corvette was the addition of standard four-wheel disc brakes. That’s world-class equipment on par with the best in the world. Interestingly, 316 buyers opted for drum brakes as a delete option.

This Rally Red 1965 Chevrolet Corvette roadster is equipped with the 396, which also required a four-speed manual. Aside of the Hurst-shifted transmission, this Vette features an aftermarket Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum intake, power brakes, and black vinyl interior.

With the looks of the quintessential Corvette combined with big-block power, this convertible Corvette should rank high on the list of enthusiasts. Based on the air cleaner decal, we’d first whether it’s a true 396 Corvette but, at $74,983, it’s hard to go wrong either way, especially if you prefer driving to numbers.

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