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1965 Corvette Production and Performance Numbers


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Model Year Highlights
Exterior:
  • Horizontal grill bars were changed to black.
  • The hood vent depressions were removed.
  • New vertical exhaust louvers in the front fenders were functional.
  • The horizontal grill bars were now painted black but the outer grill trim remained the same as the 1963-1964 model years, making this front grill unique to the 1965 model year.
  • New knock-off wheels became available which were painted a dark gray color in between the fins.
Interior:
  • Instrument gauges were restyled with flat black faces and seats were redesigned with slightly larger and more supportive cushioning. Inner door panels were redesigned with integrated arm rests.
  • The area around the radio and speaker bezel was painted instead of vinyl-covered.
Mechanical:
  • This was the first and only year that the 396 ci "Turbo Jet" engine would be offered.
  • This was the first year for a power antenna to be offered on the Corvette. It was standard equipment.
  • Four wheel disc brakes became standard equipment using 4 piston brake calipers. Drum brakes could still be an option for a $65.50 credit.
  • A special-order M22 Muncie "Rock Crusher" transmission was an available option.
  • 1965 was the last year for fuel injection on the Corvette until its reappearance on the 1982, L83 cross-fire fuel injection engine.

Available Options
RPO Description Price Production   RPO Description Price Production
19437 Base Coupe $4,321.00 8,186   L78 Engine: 396ci, 425hp @ 6,400 rpm, 415 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm $292.70 2,157
19467 Base Convertible $4,106.00 15,376   L79 Engine: 327ci, 350hp @ 5,500 rpm, 360 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm $107.60 4,716
NA Genuine Leather Seats $80.70 2,128   L84 Engine - Fuel Injected, 327ci, 375hp @ 6,200 rpm, 350 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm $538 771
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows $16.15 8,752   M20 4-speed Manual Transmission $188.30 21,107
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, Windshield $10.80 7,624   M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $199.10 2,021
A31 Power Windows $59.20 3,809   N03 36-Gallon Fuel Tank (Coupe) $202.30 41
C05 Convertible Top - White $0.0 NA          
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (Convert.) $236.75 7,787   N11 Offroad Exhaust System $37.70 2,468
C48 Heater/Defroster Delete -$100.00 39   N14 Side Mount Exhaust System $134.50 759
C60 Air Conditioning $421.80 2,423   N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel $48.45 2,259
F40 Special Front/Rear Suspension $37.70 975   N36 Telescopic Steering Column $43.05 3,917
G81 Positraction Rear Axle $43.05 19,965   N40 Power Steering $96.85 3,236
G91 Special Highway Axle Ratio (3.08:1) $2.20 1,886   P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels $322.80 1,116
J50 Power Brakes $43.05 4,044   P91 Blackwall Tires, 6.70 x 15 Nylon Cord $15.70 168
J61 Drum Brakes (Credit) -$64.50 316   P92 Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15 Rayon Cord $31.85 19,300
K66 Transistor Ignition System $75.35 3,686   T01 Goldwall Tires 7.75 x 15 Nylon Cord $50.05 989
L75 Engine: 327ci, 300hp @ 5,000 rpm, 360 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm $53.80 8,358   U69 AM/FM Radio $203.40 22,113
L76 Engine: 327ci, 365hp @ 6,200 rpm, 350 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm $129.15 5,011   Z01 Comfort and Convenience Group (Includes Inside No-Glare Mirror, Back-up Lamps) $16.15 15,397
Production:  Coupes: 8,186  Convertibles:  15,376  Total:  23,562

Note:  Base Engine: 327ci, V-8, 250hp @ 4400rpm, 350lb-ft torque @ 2,800rpm

Color Options
Exterior/Interior Combinations
RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # Lucite # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
AA Tuxedo Black DDL-9300 NA 88-L A-946 B-BK-G-M-R-S-SI-W BG-BK-W 1,191
CC Ermine White DDL-8259 NA 4024-L A-1199 B-BK-G-M-R-S-SI-W BG-BK-W 2,216
FF Nassau Blue DDL-3364 NA 4690-L A-1747 B-BK-W BG-BK-W 6,022
GG Glen Green DDL-3366 #43412 4691-L A-1745 BK-G-S-W BG-BK-W 3,782
MM Milano Maroon DDL-3365 NA 4689-LM A-1746M BK-M-R-S-W BG-BK-W 2,831
QQ Silver Pearl DDL-3314 NA 4621-L A-1708 BK-R-SI BG-BK-W 2,552
UU Rally Red DDL-3395 NA 4688-H A-1744 BK-R-W BG-BK-W 3,688
XX Goldwood Yellow DDL-3231 NA 4530-lh A-1612 BK-W BG-BK-W 1,275
Y Crocus Yellow DDL-3313 NA 4620-L A-1715 NA NA NA

Interior Color Codes
RPO Color Production
std BK/V NA
402 BK/L NA
407 R/V NA
408 R/L NA
414 B/V NA
415 B/L NA
420 S/V NA
421 S/L NA
426 SI/V NA
427 SI/L NA
430 G/V NA
431 G/L NA
435 M/V NA
436 M/L NA
437 W+BK/V NA
438 W+BK/L NA
443 W+R/V NA
444 W+R/L NA
450 W+B/V NA
451 W+B/L NA

Convertible Top Quantities
Color Production
Beige 551
Black 5,565
White 7,983
Codes:  B=Blue, BG=Beige, BK=Black, G=Green, L=Leather, M=Maroon, R=Red, S=Saddle, SI=Silver, V=Vinyl, W=White

Performance Review
Magazine GM Spec. MT MT RT RT
Pub. Date NA Oct. 1964 April 1965 Dec. 1964 Aug. 1965
Model NA Coupe Conv. Coupe Conv.
Engine NA L79 - 350 hp L75 - 300 hp L84 - 375 hp L78 - 425 hp
Axle Ratio NA 3.36:1 3.36:1 3.70:1 3.70:1
Transmission NA 4-Spd. Muncie 4-Spd. Manual 4-Spd. Manual 4-Spd. Manual
0-30 mph NA 2.1 sec. 3.1 sec. 2.9 sec. 3.1 sec.
0-40 mph NA 3.0 sec. 4.2 sec. 3.9 sec. 3.8 sec.
0-45 mph NA NA sec. 4.6 sec. NA sec. NA
0-50 mph NA 4.3 sec. NA 5.2 sec. 4.8 sec.
0-60 mph NA 6.2 sec. 7.5 sec. 6.3 sec. 5.7 sec.
0-70 mph NA 8.3 sec. NA 7.8 sec. 7.5 sec.
0-80 mph NA 11.1 sec. NA 10.0 sec. 8.9 sec.
0-90 mph NA 13.7 NA NA NA
0-100 mph NA 16.9 sec. NA 14.76 sec. 13.4 sec.
1/4 Mile (sec/mph) NA 14.9 / 94 15.8 / 90 14.4 / 99 14.1 / 103
Top Speed NA NA NA 138 mph 136 mph
Braking NA NA NA NA NA
Handling NA NA NA NA NA
Fuel Consumption NA NA NA Normal Driving: 11-15 mpg Normal Driving: 9-12 mpg
Legend: RT - Road and Track, MT - Motor Trend