Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 Roadster
Following the introduction of the all-new and brilliant Sting Ray in late 1962, Corvette engineers relentlessly improved it throughout its production run. Refinements came mostly in the form of subtle styling enhancements from year to year and by continuing to add a long list of available comfort, convenience, powertrain and suspension options.
For 1965, the front fender-mounted vents became functional, but the best news was that the Corvette finally offered disc brakes at all four corners and the all-new 396-cubic inch Mark IV big-block engine. The 396 also required such mandatory options as the K66 transistorized ignition and a four-speed manual transmission, while air conditioning was unavailable. All big-block cars also received suspension and drivetrain revisions to handle the extra power and weight of the Mark IV. Among them were heavier front coil springs, a thicker front stabilizer bar, a rear stabilizer bar and heavier attachment hardware for the rear axle shafts.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
425 bhp, RPO L78 396 cu. in. V8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs and stabilizer bar, independent rear suspension with half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods, a single transverse leaf spring and a stabilizer bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98".
Source: RM Auctions