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Body Specs

Wheelbase: 98.00 inches
Overhang (Front): 31.9 inches
Overhang (Rear): 45.2 inches
Front Track: 56.8 inches
Rear Track: 57.6 inches
Length: 175.1 inches
Front Fender Width: 69.6 inches (Maximum)
Rear Fender Width: 67.3 inches
Height: 49.6 inches (Coupe)
49.8 inches (Soft, Hard Top)
Hood (at Rear) to Ground: 34.8 inches
Rocker Panel to Ground (Front): 8.0 inches
Rocker Panel to Ground (Rear): 8.0 inches
Bottom of Door to Ground (Open): 13.5 inches
Bottom of Door to Ground (Closed): 12.5 inches
Windshield Slope Angle: 56.5°
Body Zero to Ground (Front): 7.7 inches
Body Zero to Ground (Rear): 7.7 inches
Headlamp to Ground: 24.36 inches
Tail Lamp to Ground: 21.76 inches
Hood Length at Centerline: 46.7 inches
Body Upper Structure Length at Centerline: Coupe: 77.9 inches
Soft Top: 66.8 inches
Hardtop: 69.2 inches
Front Bumper to Ground: 18.0 inches
Rear Bumper to Ground: 16.6 inches
Oil Pan to Ground: 6.0 inches
Front Suspension to Ground: 8.0 inches
Flywheel Housing to Ground: 5.9 inches
Exhaust System to Ground: 5.0 inches
Rear Axle Differential to Ground: 7.8 inches
Spare Tire Well to Ground: 6.1 inches
Minimum Running Ground Clearance: 5.0 inches
Windshield Glass Area: 789.7 inches
Finish (paint type): Lacquer
Turning Diameter - Outside Front: 41.6 feet wall - wall
39.9 feet curb - curb
Turning Diameter - Inside Rear: 25.6 feet wall - wall
25.6 feet curb - curb
Steering gear ratio: 16:1
Steering Wheel Turns: Manual: 3.4
Power: 2.92
Power Steering Fluid Capacity: 2.3 Pints
Steering Wheel Type: Deep Dish
Steering Wheel Diameter: 16.0 inches
Tire Size: 7.75-15 4 Ply Rating
Recommended Tire Inflation 24 psi, All Wheels
Wheels, Regular Production: Size: 15 x 5.5
Attachment to Hub: Five Hex nuts
Wheels, Quick Take-Off, RPO P48: Size: 15 x 6
Cast Aluminum
Method of Retention: Adapter and Lock Nut
Three Speed Transmission: 1st Gear 2.58:1
2nd Gear 1.48:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.58:1
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission: Drive: 1.76:1 & 1:1
Low and Reverse: 1.76:1
Lubricant Capacity: 3 Quarts
Four Speed Transmission
(Standard, L75 engines):
1st Gear 2.56:1
2nd Gear 1.91:1
3rd Gear 1.48:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.64:1
Close Ratio
Four Speed Transmission
(L76, L78, L79, L84 engines):
1st Gear 2.20:1
2nd Gear 1.64:1
3rd Gear 1.28:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.27:1
Transmission Lubricant Type: Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Lubricant Capacity: Three Speed: 2 Quarts
Four Speed: 2.5 Quarts
Differential Lubricant Type: Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Differential Lubricant Capacity: 3.7 pints
Axle Ratio: 3.08:1 (RPO G91 Four Speed, standard, L75 Engine)
Optional: 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 3.70:1, 4.11:1 and 4.56:1
Transmission Synchromesh: Three Speed: 2nd and 3rd Gears
Four Speed: All Four Gears
Standard Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 Gallons


Special Performance Equipment

Front and Rear Suspension Equipment
RPO F40

Fuel Tank Capacity
(RPO N03, coupe only):
36.5 Gallons
Shock Absorbers Piston Travel
(Unassembled):
5.00 inches
Stabilizer Bar Diameter: .940 inches
Shock Absorber Piston Diameter: Front: 1.00; Rear: 1.375
Front Suspension Spring: Height: 8.56 inches; ID: 3.80 inches
Length: 100.16 Inches; .680 inch Diameter
OD: 5.160 inches; Free Height: 10.842 inches
Working: 8.56 inches @ 1,255 lb.
Rear Suspension Spring: 7 Leaves; Design Load - camber: 1,325 lb. @ .290
Stabilizer Bar: Steel, .94 Inch Diameter


Weight

250 Horsepower Engine, Three Speed Transmission
Model 19467 Convertible: Front: 1,520; Design: 1,600;
Shipping*: 1,520 lb.
Rear: 1,625; Design: 1,845;
Shipping*: 1,465 lb.
Total: 3,145; Design: 3,445;
Shipping*: 2,985 lb.
Model 19437 Sport Coupe: Front: 1,545; Design: 1,625;
Shipping*: 1,550 lb.
Rear: 1,590; Design: 1,810;
Shipping*: 1,430 lb.
Total: 3,135; Design: 3,435;
Shipping*: 2,980 lb.
Model 19467 Convertible as a Hardtop: +8 lb.
Powerglide Transmission: +23.3 lb.
*These are weights that are reported to states for licensing purposes.
Weight Differentials
L78 396 Cubic Inch Engine: +225 lb.
Power Steering: +21.3 lb.
Power Brakes: +9.4 lb.
Air Conditioning: +79.3 lb.
Auxiliary Top: +58.0 lb.
+8.5 lb. (In Place of Soft Top)
Special Suspension (RPO F40): +5.1 lb.
Radio: +20 lb.
Less Heater: -19.0 lb.
Fiberglass Fuel Tank
RPO N03; Coupe Only:
+8.4 lb.


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 4.00" / 3.25"
4.094" / 3.76" (L78 Engine)
Displacement: 327 Cubic Inches
L78: 396 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5 : 1 (Standard; 300 hp RPO L75, L78 engine)
11.0:1 (340 hp RPO L76; 360 hp engines RPO L84)
Rocker Arms: Stamping, Steel
Rocker Arm Ratio: 1.5:1
Valve Train Lash, Inlet / Exhaust
Hydraulic Lifters
Zero
Valve Train Lash, Inlet / Exhaust
Mechanical Lifters:
Inlet: .025 inch
Exhaust: .025 inch
Crankshaft Material: Forged Steel
Valve Train Lifters: 250 horsepower, 300 horsepower (RPO L75) Engines: Hydraulic
365 Horsepower (RPO L76) Engine, 375 Horsepower (RPO L84) Engine: Mechanical
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure: 30 - 45 psi @ 1,500 RPM
50 - 75 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge: Mechanical
Crankcase Oil Capacity, Standard and L75 Engines: 4 Quarts, Less Filter
5 Quarts, With Filter
Crankcase Oil Capacity, L76 and L84 Engines: 5 Quarts, Less Filter
6 Quarts, With Filter
Recommended Oil Grade: Above 32°: SAE 20W, SAE 20 or SAE 10W-30
To 0°: SAE 10W or SAE 10W-30
Below 0°: SAE 5W or SAE 5W-20
Carburetor: Carter 3826003 Single 4 barrel
L75 Engine: Carter 3826004 (3826006 Powerglide)
L76 Engine: Carter 3826004
Fuel Filter: Strainer
Fuel Pump: Mechanical
Fuel Pressure: 5¼ - 6½ PSI
Cooling System Capacity: ~17 Quarts (with heater)
~16 Quarts (without heater)
Thermostat Type: Choke
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure: 13 PSI
Battery: 12 volt
61 Amp hr. @ 20 hr.
6 cells / 66 Plates
Thermostat Opening: 177° - 183° F
Compression Pressure: 160 PSI (Base, RPO L75 Engine)
150 PSI (RPO L76, L84 Engine)

Horsepower
Standard Engine: 250 hp @ 4,400 RPM;
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM
RPO L75: 300 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 360 ft-lb. @ 3,200 RPM
RPO L76: 365 hp @ 6,200 RPM;
Torque: 360 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
RPO L84
Fuel Injection:
375 hp @ 6,200 RPM;
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM
RPO L78
396 Cubic Inch:
425 hp @ 6,400 RPM;
Torque: 415 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Fuel Injection
Manufacturer: Rochester Products
Model: 7017380
Recommended Fuel: Premium
Fuel Pump: Mechanical
Fuel Pressure: 5 ¼ - 6 ½ PSI (Idle to 1,000 RPM)
Inlet Manifold: Cast Aluminum
Air Cleaner Type: Dry
Air Meter Location: Engine Left Side
Plenum Chamber: Integral With Inlet Manifold
Ram Pipe Length: 12 Inches
Fuel Induction: Metered as Function of Air Flow
Air / Fuel Ratio Control: Vacuum Sensitive Diaphragm Located on Air Flow Meter
Fuel Meter Pump Type: Gear
Fuel Meter Pump Location: In Fuel Meter Assembly
Fuel Meter Pump Drive: Gear Driven by Flexible Shaft From Distributor
Fuel Meter Pump Pressure: 300 PSI
Injection Nozzles Quantity: 8
Injection Nozzles Material: Brass
Injection Nozzles Location: Mounted on Inlet Manifold Above Intake Ports
Injection Nozzles Orifice Size - Fuel: .0118 inch
Injection Nozzles Insulation: Bakelite
Automatic Choke Type: Electric, Time Temperature Type
Automatic Choke Location: On Air Meter Assembly
Automatic Choke Current Draw: 1 amp @ 70°
Automatic Choke Fast Idle Cam: Yes

Ignition System
Coil: Delco-Remy 1115091 (FI Engines: 1115107)
Coil current rating: 4 amps (engine stopped)
1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap: .019" (New), .016" (Used)
Ignition Timing
Initial Design Setting:
8° @ 550 RPM (Standard, L75 Engine)
10° @ 650 RPM (L79 Engine)
12° @ 700 RPM (L76, L84 Engine)
10° @ 700 RPM (L78 Engine)
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance: Begins: 750 RPM
26 ° @ 4,100 RPM (Standard, L75, L76 Engines)
24 ° @ 2,350 RPM (L79, L84 Engines)
28 ° @ 4,000 RPM (L78 Engine)
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance: Begins: 6 inches Hg (Standard, L75 Engines)
Maximum: 22° @ 12 inches Hg(L76, L78, L79 Engines)
Begins: 4 inches Hg (Standard, L75 Engines)
Maximum: 16° @ 8.2 inches Hg
Begins: 8 inches Hg (L78 Engine)
Maximum: 15° @ 15.5 inches Hg
Spark Plug: AC44 (327 Cubic Inch Engines)
AC43N (396 Cubic Inch Engines)
Spark Plug Thread: 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque: 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap: .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order: 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1965 Corvette Options

RPO: Description Production: Price
Genuine Leather Seats 2,128 (9.03%) $80.70
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 8,752 (37.14%) $16.00
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield 7,624 (32.35%) $10.80
A31 Power Windows 3,809 (16.16%) $59.20
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 7,787 (33.05%) $236.75
C48 Heater and Defroster Deletion (credit) 39 (0.17%) n/a
C60 Air Conditioning 2,423 (10.28%) $421.80
F40 Special Front and Rear Suspension 975 (4.14%) $37.70
G81 Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios 19,965 (84.73%) $43.05
G91 Special Highway Axle, 3.08:1 ratio 1,886 (8.00%) $2.20
J50 Power Brakes 19,965 (84.73%) $43.05
J61 Drum Brakes (substitution credit) 316 (1.34%) n/a
K66 Transistor Ignition System 3,686 (15.64%) $75.35
L75 327 cu. in. 300hp Engine 8,358 (35.47%) $53.80
L76 327 cu. in. 365hp Engine 5,011 (21.27%) $129.15
L78 396 cu. in. 425hp Engine 2,157 (9.15%) $292.70
L79 327 cu. in. 350hp Engine 4,716 (20.01%) $107.60
L84 327 cu. in. 375hp Engine (fuel injection) 771 (3.27%) $538.00
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 21,107 (89.57%) $188.30
M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 2,021 (8.58%) $199.10
N03 36 Gallon Fuel Tank (Coupe only) 41 (0.17%) $202.30
N11 Off Road Exhaust System 2,468 (10.47%) $37.70
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System 759 (3.22%) $134.50
N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel 2,259 (9.59%) $48.45
N36 Telescopic Steering Column 3,917 (16.62%) $43.05
N40 Power Steering 3,236 (13.73%) $96.85
P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels (5) 1,116 (4.74%) $322.80
P91 Blackwall Tires, 7.75x15 (nylon cord) 168 (0.71%) $15.70
P92 Whitewall Tires, 7.75x1 (rayon cord) 19,300 (81.90%) $31.85
T01 Goldwall Tires, 7.75x15 (nylon cord) 989 (4.20%) $50.05
U69 AM-FM Radio 22,113 (93.84%) $203.40
Z01 Comfort and Convenience Group 15,397 (65.34%) $16.15

Total Production: 23,564
Coupe: 8,186 (34.74%)
Convertible: 15,378 (65.26%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 327 cu. in. 250 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,321.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 327 cu. in. 250 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,106.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
AA Tuxedo Black 1,191 (5.05%) Black / Blue / Green / Maroon / Red / Saddle / Silver / White Black / White / Beige Black
CC Ermine White 2,216 (9.40%) Black / Blue / Green / Maroon / Red / Saddle / Silver / White Black / White / Beige Black
FF Nassau Blue 6,022 (25.56%) Black / Blue / White Black / White / Beige Black
GG Glen Green 3,782 (16.05%) Black / Green / Saddle / White Black / White / Beige Black
MM Milano Maroon 2,831 (12.01%) Black / Red / Maroon / Saddle / White Black / White / Beige Black
QQ Silver Pearl 2,552 (10.83%) Black / Red / Silver Black / White / Beige Black
UU Rally Red 3,688 (15.65%) Black / Red / White Black / White / Beige Black
XX Goldwood Yellow 1,275 (5.41%) Black / White Black / White / Beige Black

1965 Corvette