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VIN 194375S112864

Car Year: 1965
Car's confirmed production date:
(as confirmed by the
NCRS Shipping Report Service)
March 19, 1965
Owner: Bill Mock
City: Bartlesville
State: Oklahoma
Country: United States
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
State: Bloomington Gold
Exterior: FF Nassau Blue (25.56%)
Interior: 414 Blue (Vinyl)
Softtop: Other Color
Wheels: Other Color
Body: Unknown
Delivery Dealer Zone: Unknown
Delivery Dealer Code: Unknown
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
  19437 Base Corvette Sport Coupe (BB 425hp) 34.74% 4,321.00
  A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 37.14% 16.15
  G81 Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios 84.73% 43.05
  K66 Transistor Ignition System 15.64% 75.35
  L78 396ci, 425hp Engine 9.15% 292.70
  M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 89.57% 188.30
  N14 Side Mount Exhaust System 3.22% 134.50
  T01 Goldwall Tires, 7.75x15 (nylon cord) 4.20% 50.05
  U69 AM-FM Radio 93.84% 203.40
  Total   0.0000%
(1 Cars)
Factory job nr.: Unknown
Export Car: Non Export Car
Car history:
1965 Chevrolet Corvette, 1965 corvette 396, coupe 12,864. This corvette is recognized as the FIRST big block corvette produced as a regular production option at the St. Louis corvette plant for customer delivery. To date no other earlier real RPO L78 Corvette has been documented.
Through his contacts at Chevrolet, corvette race car driver Cliff Gottlob knew that Chevrolet was planning to offer a big block engine option in the Corvette. In October 1964, Cliff, while serving in the armed forces overseas, placed a special order for the first '396' Corvette with the help of Ralph Miller and Vince Piggins of Chevrolet.
After many delays Corvette 194375S112864 was finally built on Friday, March 19, 1965. It was delivered to quality Chevrolet in Wichita, KS and was showroom displayed until released to Cliff on Friday, March 26,1965. The car was drag raced extensively the first year of its life and proved the dominance of the big block engine. Fortunately, the car was not modified and survives today as a tribute to the birth of the big block engine.
The car was invited to the 1995 Bloomington Gold Special Collection - tribute to the 1963-1967 Sting Ray Corvettes.
For Sale: No

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