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1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2 in Milano Maroon
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1965 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 98.00 inches
Overhand (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