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Description: This 1965 Convertible Corvette Stingray Roaster has a VIN of 194675S119903
It was born on June 15 1965 approx. and was the 19,903 corvette made that year.
The A.O. Smith body has a date of June 4 1965
This corvette left the assembly line in June of 1965 painted an Ermine white with red vinyl interior. It probably had a 327 C.I. V8 engine with either the standard/base 250hp or the L75 300hp due to the tachometer redlining at 5300rpm(except for early 350hp cars), the 60psi oil pressure gauge, power steering option(only available on 250, 300, and 350hp engines), and the automatic transmission option(only available on 250 or 300hp engines). The 1965 corvette came standard with a 327ci, 250hp engine, 3 speed manual transmission, vinyl interior, and soft top(convertible) were all included in the base price. The M35 Powerglide automatic transmission came in a total of 2021 corvettes and of them, 663 had the 250hp while 1358 upgraded to the 300hp version. While a total of 23,564 1965 corvettes were made, it appears only 2,549 had the 250hp engine while 8,358 had the 300hp engine($52.65 upgrade). These figures might be off by a total count of 2 due to GM changing their records in March of 1991 when two additional corvettes were found to have been manufactured in August of 1965 and I do not know the details of these two cars.
At some point this car was later painted red, but is now painted a Silver Pearl and has the correct red vinyl interior. These are the only body paint colors that I am aware of. A close inspection on the bottom of the radiator support shows slight traces of both the Ermine white and the red previous body paint colors.
The corvette has a 1965 big block hood along with 17" American racing torq thrust II rims. It also has an aftermarket steering wheel and some upgrades to the suspension. As stated above, the body of this corvette was made by the A.O. Smith Company of Ionia MI. and all such A.O. Smith body cars did not come factory with the N14 side pipes. The A.O. Smith company did not have the tooling to cut notches in the outside edge of the left and right birdcage door sill rails for the side pipes. Plus the N14 side pipes were only available when ordered with a 4 speed manual transmission and an optional(higher HP) engine. Only 759 corvettes were produced in 1965 with the N14 side pipe option.
The front grille is for a 1966 but it is my understanding that the 1966 grilles were a factory replacement for the 1965 corvettes if front end service was needed. Numerous 1965 corvettes have the 66 grilles. In fact, the 66 grilles are much more expensive to purchase today than the 65's. A 65 grille runs around $500 while the 66's are nearly twice that. I'm conflicted as to whether to install a 65 grille. The 66 grille with the grey inside the egg crate pattern really looks awesome on the car with it's silver pearl paint, it really flows nicely together. This corvette was born in June of 1965 and the 1966 models starting rolling down the assembly line in September of 1965.
The car has the following options: U69 AM-FM Radio, Z01 Comfort and convenience Group, J50 Power Brakes, N40 Power Steering, N14 Side Mount Exhaust System, and G81 Positraction Rear Axle, A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield, K66 Transistor Ignition System.