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VIN 194675S111693

Car Year: 1965
Car's confirmed production date:
(as confirmed by the
NCRS Shipping Report Service)
March 8, 1965
Owner: Jim & Mary Karam
State: Michigan
Country: United States
Purchase date: 07/24/1981
Status: Current Owner
Nickname: 6T5RUSH
State: Nice Driver
Exterior: MM Milano Maroon (12.01%)
Interior: Std Black (Vinyl)
Softtop: White (33.88%)
Wheels: Black (95.26%)
Body: A.O.Smith 3690
Delivery Dealer Zone: 532
Delivery Dealer Code: 44
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
  19467 Base Corvette Convertible (300hp) 65.26% 4,106.00
  C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 33.05% 236.75
  L75 327ci, 300hp Engine 35.47% 53.80
  M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 89.57% 188.30
  P91 Blackwall Tires, 7.75x15 (nylon cord) 0.71% 15.70
  U69 AM-FM Radio 93.84% 203.40
  Total   0.000005274317229%
(1 Cars)
Factory job nr.: 9152
Export Car: Non Export Car
Engine details: Originally a 327/300 horse, converted to a 327/365 horse, using Dart Iron Eagle, 180cc runner, ported/polished heads w/1.6 Crane Gold Roller Rockers. 2818-1 List Holley, but used the '70 LT1 cam, lifters and intake. The factory 1 7/8 ID side exhaust pipes were replaced with Sweet Thunder 3 OD/ 2 1/2 ID side pipes. Added MSD6AL box along with a Blaster coil and Pertronix Lobe sensor pointless ignition.
Other details: She's been a joy ever since hitting the road. Many great memories of my sons helping me take her all apart, cataloguing and reassembling. This '5 has been a blast to work on and drive. I wouldn't hesitate driving her anywhere. Have participated in the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag event in Alma, Michigan for the past 5 years. My wife and I enjoy taking trips in her (except for the side pipe to my ears--not my wife's). I keep a set of ear plugs in the glove box...HA!
I've gone back and edited how this '5 was born showing what came on the car at the time of assembly verses what I've done for my own enjoyment of the car since. I really like that '70's nostalgic hot rod look. Here's what I've added:

Auxiliary Hardtop
Factory Side Exhausts
Teak Wheel
'65/'66 Big Block Hood
Day/Nite Mirror
Hurst Shifter
Swapped out the Factory 3.36 non-posi (on a shelf in my basement) for a 3.70 posi unit (thank you Redvetteracer)
Added a second set of '70's original Torque Thrust wheels w/P4000 Pirelli tires.
May, 2006 installed Classic Auto Air's Perfect Fit System.
March, 2008 removed and mothballed the original engine and replaced with a mule 327. This mule motor is assembled using correct '461 heads and 1.5 ratio stamped steel rockers.
May, 2010 Replaced top with a Hartz Stayfast top in black and replaced orignal door panels with deluxe CA door panels. Added period correct red line Polyglas tires on correct 65/66 wheels.
Feb, 2011 Redid the stock seats in black leather with new foam. Added '67 style headrests to the seats.
Apr, 2011 Added full undercar exhaust w/Doug's electric cutouts to existing GNM (Gives No Mercy) 3 OD/2 1/2 ID side pipes. System is 2 1/2 mandrel bent stainless to holy crossmember and aluminized 2 1/2 to Dynamax shorty mufflers. A 2 H pipe was installed just after that crossmember.
December, 2012 Installed a Keisler SS700 Close Ratio 5 Speed overdrive transmission kit, mothballing my original M20 Wide Ratio Muncie and driveshaft.
March, 2013-Replaced Windshield with Dated/Tinted, Buffed and polished all stainless, Added Daytime Running Lights (DRL's), 4-Way Flashers and Shoulder Harness Belts (retractors bolted throught the body and anchored to the frame with Grade 8 Bolts).
Car history:
Found by my brother Mike (THANK YOU MIKE, RIP APRIL, 09). Purchased sight unseen in July, 1981 in Athens, Tennessee. Had the presence of mind to do a title search and discovered this '5 started out life in Detroit, Michigan and was traded in for a Pontiac at Jim Causley Pontiac, Inc in Detroit, Michigan in October, 1970. Since it was just a car back then and the convertible season had just ended, this '5 sat on the dealer's lot for 3 months. In December, '70 she was wholesaled to Newman's Used Cars in Englewood, Tennessee. That dealer apparently kept this '5 for 5 months, selling it to the 2nd owner in May of '71. The 2nd owner kept this '5 for the next 10 years until I came along in July '81. Brought the car back from the dead as the 2nd owner hit a pole on the right side and she sat in his backyard for a year. Did body off shortly after purchase. Was a protracted, long, drawn out total restoration. Was too busy raising a family (roof over your head, food on the table and being involved with our 3 sons) to get this '5 on the road. Was a great shelf for my wife's baking the 1st 15 years of ownership. Finally started coming together in 1999 when she was painted and then began the final reassembly.

At the time Noland Adams was surveying Midyears owners for his VOLUME 2 book, I responded to his survey and parts of this car under VIN 111693 are listed in his book.

I've updated the history of this '65 with a picture of the NCRS info I received on the Shipping Data Report. The Exact Birthday is March 8, 1965 and the Delivering Dealer is JIM WHITE, INC., ANN ARBOR, MI.

This sale includes the original (born with) 300HP FO302HF block (1 040 over rebuild) with less than 7000 miles, the original Muncie M20 wide ratio (2.56 1st gear) and the original AK 3.36 non-posi diff...all mothballed out of the car.

In the car is a generic mule 327 bored 060 over solid lifter visually mimicing the 64-65 L76 327. I used the 70 LT-1 cam, lifters and intake. Behind it is a Legend SS700 5 speed OD (2.66 1st gear, .68 5th OD). This is followed by a 3.73 posi.

Car has 86,000 miles on her. Miles on this drivetrain: engine and diff: 33,000 Trans and clutch: 18,000

Check the Corvette Forum For Sale section under this VIN for current videos and pictures.

Also, here's a link on Craigslist:

Same owner for 37 years...bought in 1981. Someone truly will be getting a well sorted out 65 Vette

Questions/concerns or need additional pics, please contact me at 586-484-8489. I have a 4 post lift for easy inspection of this '5. Email is:


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