1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe - Long-Range Midyear

400,000+ Miles On It (And It Still Looks Great)

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No Side Exhaust, No Knock-Offs
Bob's '65 was ordered with few options other than the L75 327, M20 four-speed and G80 Posi-traction. That's why it wears the unique-for-1965 standard wheel covers and standard undercar exhaust.

Thanks to regular maintenance, Bob's C2 has stayed the same all these years. "I change the oil and filter every 3,000 miles," he says. "It's amazing how that little bit of maintenance maintained the engine quite well." Especially an engine that was as well-engineered in the first place as the legendary Chevy small-block V-8, in a car as well-engineered as the Corvette. "It's been quite a reliable car," Bob says. "Of course, keep in mind that Chevrolet had those engine blocks down pretty well. Basically, it's been a problem-free car."

Now, at age 68, Bob is still working-for Raytheon in El Segundo, California-and still drives his '65 Sting Ray coupe every day to work from his Culver City home. That's his plan, and he's staying with it. "It gets a little more difficult each year to get out of it, but so far I'm getting out of it OK."

Along with regular maintenance, what else does Bob recommend to anyone who's looking at getting or using a Corvette for a long-term daily driver? "Don't park in parking lots by other cars, and be careful wherever you park it." He adds that his parking advice isn't just about protecting paint. "There've been several attempts to steal it, but-for whatever reason that I've never figured out-they've never been able to pull it off."

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