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At just under $4,000, the Corvette was an inexpensive sports car

1965 Chevrolet Corvette

The big news for the Corvette in 1965 was the addition of standard four-wheel disc brakes and the optional new big-block 396. Styling changes were minimal with optional new standard side exhaust pipes, functional front fender louvers, new wheel covers, and a restyled grille. The hood had no depressions or trim, and thus was not interchangeable with the '63 or '64 Corvettes. The inside now sported newly styled bucket seats and real leather was optional. Options included power steering, power brakes, power windows, AM-FM radio, air conditioning, telescopic steering column, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. Under the hood, the Corvette offered a wide range of engines.

Standard was the tried-and-true Chevrolet 327 Turbo Fire V8 rated at 250 hp, just a step up was the 300 hp version of the 327 and new for 1965 was the precursor to the famous LT1, a 327 rated at 350 hp. Then came the most powerful carbureted 327, rated at 365 hp and for true performance the Ram-Jet Fuel-Injected 327, made its last appearance in 1965 with 375 horsepower. “The ultimate small block powerhouse” for $538.00. In April of 1965, the 396 big-block marked the beginning of a new era for the Corvette. Rated at 425 hp and priced at just $292.70, the 396 V8 big block dominated NASCAR in 1963.

This would be the only year for the 396 V8. Although the 327 "fuelie" was still available through the 1965 model year, it was quietly dropped when the 1966 Corvettes were introduced. 1965 was a unique and memorable year for the Corvette. It was the only year that you could buy a fuel-injected, disc-braked Sting Ray and it was the first year for the big block and side-mounted exhausts. With prices starting at $4,106, the 1965 Corvette Sting Ray packed quite a bargain, and it’s no wonder that sales reached a record 23,652 units.

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Corvette
94 37 2 Dr Fastback Coupe $3,947 3,570 lbs 8,187
94 67 2 Dr Convertible $3,212 3,645 lbs 15,377

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Lenght Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Corvette 98 in 175.3 in 69.6 in 56.8 in 57.6 in 7.75 x 15

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
First Symbol - Manufacturer
1 = Chevrolet
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Corvair 500 six-cylinder 33 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino six-cylinder
05 = Corvair Monza six-cylinder 34 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino V-8
07 = Corvair Corsa six-cylinder 35 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino six-cylinder
11 = Chevy II 100 four-cylinder 36 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino V-8
R12 = Corvir Forward Control six-cylinder 37 = Chevelle Concours six-cylinder
13 = Chevy II 100 six-cylinder 38 = Chevelle Concours/Super Sport V-8
14 = Chevy II 100 V-8 53 = Biscayne six-cylinder
15 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport six-cylinder 54 = Biscayne V-8
16 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport V-8 55 = Bel Air six cylinder
17 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 56 = Bel Air V-8
18 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 63 = Impala six-cylinder
23 = Camaro six-cylinder 64 = Impala V-8
24 = Camaro V-8 66 = Caprice
25 = Deluxe Camaro six-cylinder 67 = Impala Super Sport six-cylinder
26 = Deluxe Camaro V-8 68 = Impala Super Sport V-8
31 = Chevelle 300 six-cylinder 94 = Corvette
32 = Chevelle 300 V-8  
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = two-door sedan 39 = four-door hardtop or sport sedan
15 = two-door station wagon 6p 45 = four-door station wagon 9p
17 = two-door hardtop 47 = two-door hardtop
27 = two-door sedan 67 = convertible
35 = four-door station wagon 6p 69 = four-door sedan
37 = two-door hardtop or sport coupe 87 = two-door hardtop
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
5 = 1965
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (R) Arlington, Texas
(C) Southgate, California (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Doraville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(F) Flint, Michigan (U) Lordstown, Ohio
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (W) Willow Run, Michigan
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (Y) Wilmington, Delaware
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (Z) Fremont, California
(L) Los Angeles, California (1) Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
(N) Norwood, Ohio (2) St. Therese, Quebec, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Options

Code Description Price
898 Genuine Leather Seats $80.70
A01 Soft-Ray Tinted Windows (all glass) $16.15
A02 Soft-Ray Tinted Windshield $10.80
A31 Power Windows $59.20
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop $236.75
C48 Heater & Defroster Deletion (credit) $100.00
C60 Air Conditioning $421.80
F40 Special Front & Rear Suspension $37.70
G80 Positraction Rear Axle $43.05
G91 Special Highway Axle 3.08:1 Ratio $2.20
J50 Power Brakes $43.05
J61 Drum Brakes (substitution credit) $64.50
K66 Transistor Ingnition System $75.35
L75 327-cid/300-hp V8 $53.80
L76 327-cid/365-hp V8 $129.15
L78 396-cid/425-hp V8 $292.70
L79 327-cid/350-hp V8 $107.60
L84 327-cid/375-hp V8 $538.40
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission $188.30
M22 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Transmission $236.95
M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $199.10
N03 36-Gallon Fuel Tank $202.30
N11 Off Road Exhaust System $37.70
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System $134.50
N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel $48.45
N36 Telescopic Steering Column $43.05
N40 Power Steering $96.85
P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels $322.80
P91 7.75 x 15 Nylon Black Sidewall Tires $15.70
P92 7.75 x 15 Rayon White Sidewall Tires $31.85
T01 7.75 x 15 Nylon Gold Sidewall Tires $50.05
U69 AM-FM Radio $203.40
Z01 Comfort & Convenience Group $16.15

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
HE 8-327 250 350 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HF 8-327 * 300 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HG 8-327 + 375 350 4-Speed Manual Fuel Injection
HH 8-327 + # 365 350 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HI 8-327 250 350 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HJ 8-327 * 300 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HK 8-327 + # 365 350 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HL 8-327 + # 365 350 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HM 8-327 + # 365 350 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HN 8-327 + 375 350 4-Speed Manual Fuel Injection
HO 8-327 250 350 Powerglide 4 BC
HP 8-327 * 300 360 Powerglide 4 BC
HQ 8-327 250 350 Powerglide 4 BC
HR 8-327 * 300 360 Powerglide 4 BC
HT 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HU 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HV 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HW 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IF 8-396 + # 425 425 4-Speed Manual 2 - 4BC

+ High Lift Camshaft
*
High Performance
# Special High Performance

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed Manual On the top right flat of the case assembly
Turbo Hydra-Matic Right hand vertical surface of transmission case
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan, immediately behind right hand machining lug with the bottom of the sticker parallel to mold flash, stamped on right side of transmission oil pan
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
N Muncie 4-Speed
W Warner Gear 3 and 4-Speed
P Muncie 4-Speed
R Saginaw 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
M Muncie 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
T Toledo Powerglide
CA Hydra-Matic 3-Speed, Automatic Turbo Hydra-Matic
D Saginaw Overdrive
K McKinnon 3-Speed
E McKinnon Powerglide
O Saginaw Overdrive
X Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
B Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
Y Toledo Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
A Cleveland 2-Speed, Manual Powerglide

*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions (exc. Warner Gear) will carry a production code number such as: C1116N (C = Cleveland Powerglide, 11 = November, 16 = 16th, N = Night Shift). The Warner Gear transmissions will carry a production code number such as: WG1031 (W = Warner Gear 4-Spd., G = July, 10 = 10th, 7 = 1967, 1 = First Shift).

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - 88
Dulux® Code - 93-005

M - Milano Maroon
Lucite® Code - 4689L
Dulux® Code - 181-97343

C - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

Q - Silver Pearl
Lucite® Code - 4621L
Dulux® Code - 181-97221
F - Nassau Blue
Lucite® Code - 4690L
Dulux® Code - 181-97344
U - Rally Red
Lucite® Code - 4688LH
Dulux® Code - 93-97541H
G - Glen Green
Lucite® Code - 4691L
Dulux® Code - 181-97345
X - Goldwood Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4530LH
Dulux® Code - 93-96863
NOTES: General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left rear wheel housing. Corvette paint code plate is under the dash, below the glove compartment.

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

White
Lucite® Code - 9184L (flat)

Medium Blue
Lucite® Code - 9223LH (flat)
Medium Saddle
Lucite® Code - 9222LH (flat)
Medium Dark Blue
Lucite® Code - 9189LH (flat)
Medium Dark Saddle
Lucite® Code - 9190LH (flat)
Red
Lucite® Code - 9188LM (flat)
Silver
Lucite® Code - 9185 (flat)
Maroon
Lucite® Code - 9186LM (flat)
Dark Green
Lucite® Code - 9187LH (flat)

Black
Lucite® Code - 4466L (flat)

NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use DuPont #4528 flattening compound to reduce gloss.

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Gray 389-195

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
AR AL, AT 3.08 10 Bolt
AK AM, AU 3.36 10 Bolt
  AN, AZ 3.55 12 Bolt
AS AO, FA 3.70 12 Bolt
  AP, FB 4.11 12 Bolt
  AQ, FC 4.56 12 Bolt

 

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