Decent Driver: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – SOLD!
March 19, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this C2 Corvette “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
It’s no secret we love driver-quality “Mid-Year”, or C2, Corvettes as we think it’s much more fun taking such a great-looking sports car out for a spin and enjoying it rather than admiring it in your garage. Our latest example is this now Rally Red over Black Leather example originally listed in February 2021 on Craigslist in Manchester, Maryland (Baltimore) appears to be a sorted example offered at $46,500 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their L30 327-powered C2 priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (daily driver) estimate of $32,300 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $48,000. Interestingly, the seller’s price matches the current Collector Car Market Review Online Tool’s #3 “Good” appraisal of $46,500.
The C2 Corvette entered its third year of production in 1965 with minor styling changes and major performance upgrades. The most notable exterior styling difference was the replacement of the non-functional twin scallops (called “speed lines”) with three working vertical “gills” on the lower front fenders designed to remove heat from the engine compartment.
A big safety improvement was the conversion from all-drum to four-wheel-disc brakes in 1965. These new brakes featured four-piston, two-piece calipers that increased swept area by a whopping 41% over the antiquated all drum design. Power brake-equipped cars also featured a new dual-circuit master cylinder system. Despite these braking advances, 316 (apparently either hard-headed or cheap) Corvette buyers in ’65 opted for the drum brakes to receive a $64.50 credit on their purchase. Another fun fact: in 1965 convertible Corvettes continued to outsell coupes nearly two to one.
Chevrolet was a big TV show sponsor and in ’65 they used the Bonanza characters to pitch all of their cars. In this ’65 spot, Deputy Clem Foster highlights the features of the improved ’65 C2:
The only thing we don’t like about this C2 is someone at some point felt that changing the car’s original Glen Green color to Rally Red was a good idea. While the current red paint has many flaws, the pictures provided a hint at a great driver-quality car. Not quite survivor-quality and far from Concours-ready, this is the perfect C2 for someone who simply wants to drive one for the thrill of it.Here’s the seller’s description:
“For sale, real nice 65 corvette convertible, #’s matching 327-250 hp, original 4 speed, power steering and knock offs. The engine #’s match the vin and is original to the car but has aluminum L79 (350hp) intake and valve covers. Very nice body with excellent fits but just driver quality paint. Was originally Glen green. Frame is undercoated but don’t see any rust or damage. This is a really nice car that is reasonably priced so no trades. Thanks Rod“
Drive or Restore: what would you do with this driver-quality C2 Corvette? Comment below and let us know!