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Here is a desirable 1965 Corvette L76 4-speed convertible with a lot to offer. The product of a frame-off restoration circa 1990, this rare Goldwood Yellow example remains an honest car in very good condition. But it is also a delight to drive as you rev that solid lifter 327 and run through the gears. It’s what the Corvette experience is all about.
Showing a build date of 5-18-65, this California mid-year has a clean, rust-free frame. The A.O. Smith body was repainted its factory code XX Goldwood Yellow. This is one of the rarest of all C2 colors, only offered in 1965 with a total of 1,275 produced. The paint is holding up well and remains in good condition without any major flaws. All body gaps are nice and straight, and the panels and bonding strips appear original to the car. The black top is also in good condition but does show some wear on the inner liner surface from folding. The wheels have been replaced with 15” Rallys wearing BF Goodrich redline tires, and the original steel wheels and spinner wheel covers are included.
The engine compartment houses the rebuilt 327ci 365hp engine. The original block was replaced with a correct 3782870 casting from just two months earlier (March 1965). It has its original double hump heads along with a stock L76 camshaft and solid lifters. The Winters 3844461 aluminum intake and Holley 2818-1 carburetor are correct for the L76 engine. Note too the five-blade fan, metal shroud, horizontal fuel filter, alternator pulley, and unique L76 idler pulley. This is one of our favorite Corvette engines; with a 6,500 rpm redline it has great high-end power and makes all the right noises. Also note this was the highest horsepower carbureted small block offered in a C2.
The alluring drivetrain continues with the original Muncie 4-speed transmission (dated 4-29-65) followed by the original AO-code 3.70 Positraction rear end (dated 5-13-65). As was the case with all L76 cars, the steering is manual. The 4-wheel disc brakes are manual as well and work perfectly. All the vehicle mechanicals are in good condition including the clutch, ball joints, control arm pivots, steering linkage, and u-joints. An NCRS shipping report is also included showing delivery to Lew Williams Chevrolet in Sacramento, CA.
The standard black interior was also redone during the restoration and looks terrific. The dual bucket seats, center console, door panels, and dual pod dashboard create a very fitting space from which to operate this classic sports car. It remains in good condition though the front carpet shows some fading and each seat has a single 3-4” split along the piping. The dash is free of any cracking while the door panels could pass for new. And look at those wonderful door jambs! The headlight motors work perfectly along with the flashing LIGHTS indicator. The speedometer, gauges, wipers, washer, horn, heater/defroster, interior lights, turn signals, and parking brake are all functional too. Same with the AM/FM radio, power antenna, and the clock.
There is no doubt that the 1963-67 Corvettes are beautiful cars. But people sometimes forget that beyond all those sexy curves and creases is a fun drive just waiting to happen. This exceptional car delivers the whole experience with its high revving 327 and 4-speed, all wrapped in a rare factory color plus a convertible top. It’s everything a mid-year should be.
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