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1965 Chevy Corvette Roadster L78

Vehicle Description

1965 Chevy Corvette Roadster L78  “Dead Man’s Curve”

  • Rare 1965 L78 396/425 Corvette Roadster
  • 3 year nut and bolt detailed restoration
  • 1 of only 2157 built, All correct date coded parts
  • Factory correct style side pipes, Knock off wheels
  • F40 Suspension, posi Traction
  • Competition built Big Block

The 60’s were competitive times in Detroit, racing and clever marketing were usually the drive behind sales, and performance sold! To compete with GM’s arch rival, Ford and the dominating mighty Ford 427 Shelby Cobra, the “C2” Corvette Stingray, now in its 3rd year, introduced its first official Big Block Corvette model. Badged as the “Turbo Jet 396” this 300.00 + option,  known by its RPO order number “L78”, was a NASCAR 396 cubic inch big block, with a conservative factory rating of 425 hp. 1965 was also the first year for 4 wheel disc brakes, and plusher interior creature comforts. The three year complete frame and body off restoration was started in 2011 and completed in 2014. The car has only been driven less than a hundred miles. The restoration was completed to high standards and the car presents extremely well. The new paintwork is outstanding, with new chrome, stainless, wheels and glass. The black interior is all new or restored, to include the dash pads, carpets, instruments, switches, and door panels including leather seats and a Teakwood steering wheel. The engine compartment is extremely clean and has been very nicely detailed. Correct finishes are applied on the engine, and the components are not over-restored. (Although the engine looks stock, it has been bored to a larger displacement with racing internals). The underside is also extremely clean and detailed to similarly high standards. The “Mid-Year” Corvette Roadster before you personifies the free spirited 60’s car culture, this “Jan and Dean” style “Dead Man’s Curve” Vette has great stature:  sleek and powerful, bright Rally Red color, Knock Off spinner wheels, Power Blister hood, 4spd, side pipes and over 500 horsepower at your fingertips, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Vehicle Details

  • Auction: Amelia Island Select – 2015
  • Lot: 207
  • Status: Sold
  • Price: CONTACT US
  • Year: 1965
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Corvette

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