'65 CORVETTE STING RAY L79

History

The C2 Corvette Sting Ray isn't just one of the greatest American car, it's one of the great cars. What made the Sting Ray so special? This brief history of the C2 and the Red Rocket provides some clues.

Corvette production St Louis

Facts & Figures

1965 was a big year for the Corvette. New engine options, improved cooling and 4-wheel disc brakes are just a few of the improvements introduced in '65.

65 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe

L79 Engine

New for ‘65, the 327/350hp engine RPO L79 was the first performance engine from Chevrolet with hydraulic lifters. It would become one of the legendary V8s of the ‘60s muscle car era.

RPO L79 350hp 327ci Small Block Chevrolet

FEATURED Journal Entries

Modification
March 2022
Wilwood Brake Upgrade

There's only one way to permanently solve the problem of leaking brake callipers on a C2 Corvette — replace them! If you want a bolt-on solution there's really only one choice, the Wilwood D8-4 kit.

Maintenance
April 2021
Engine Rebuild (Part 2)

With the machining completed, it's time to start building the engine.

Restoration
October 2020
Intake Manifold Restoration

With the engine in pieces it was a great opportunity to clean up the intake manifold.