1965 Corvette Convertible
1965 Corvette convertible, 327, 350HP. 4spd transmission. Many years ago Jack owned a 1973 Mustang which he drove all through his school days. After Jack and Karen married and the kids came along he had no time, space or money for the car so he sold it but regretted the decision. Once the kids got older and he had more space it was time to look into buying another car. He decided to look for a mid year Corvette. He soon found out that its no easy task to find an old corvette in excellent shape. There are no shortage of cars for sale but either in very poor condition or extremely expensive or has wrong options, colour, etc. The search took over 2 years but he finally found this beauty.
The 1965 Corvette Stingray was the last year for fuel injection until 1982 when the L83 cross-fire fuel injection was introduced. This was the first year for the "Big Block" a 396ci, 425hp engine that also required a special hood to give clearance for the larger power plant. The hood also has the funnel shaped "power blister" air scoop. The vertical louvers on the side of the car are now functional and the blacked out grill has horizontal bars. The depressions on the standard hood were removed. The rocker panels were again restyled as well. New knock-off wheels were finally available from the factory, they were painted dark gray in between the fins. A side exhaust system was offered which made the car look even more aggresive. A telescoping steering wheel and new gauges influenced by aircraft design were added as well. Disc brakes were standard for the '65 Vette but drums could be substituted for a $64.50 credit. The seats were redesigned with larger and more supportive cushions.
The life of this Corvette began as a rather rare Canadian car. It was imported into the Montreal area as dealer stock in late 1964, likely as a showroom demo. The next 40 years is unknown but in 2005 the car was purchased by a small family run restoration shop in Nova Scotia. It was treated to a full frame off restoration in a process that took about 8 months. The brother of the shop owner liked the result so much he purchased the car. He owned it only about a year and sold it to a car collector by the name of John Scotti.
John Scotti is the owner of a number of high end car dealerships in the Montreal area. This Corvette became part of his approx. 450pc classic car collection from 2006 until 2014. In May of 2014 John Scotti liquidated his collection and sold all 450 at auction in Indiana. A Canadian collector car dealer purchased it and brought it into Ontario. Jack purchased it from the dealer in August 2014.