1965 Corvette N03 Tanker Air Conditioned
1965 Corvette N03 Tanker with Factory Air Conditioning
As shown in the 2015 Corvette Legends Invitational Display
This Nassau Blue 1965 Corvette is a very special Corvette. It was assembled on December 14, 1964 and shipped to Newt Godfree Chevrolet of San Antonio, Texas. It is 1 of 1 produced in this color with factory air conditioning, 36.5 gallon fuel tank, disc brake credit, 300 HP 327 engine, close ratio 4-speed transmission, power steering, power drum brakes, teak steering wheel, AM/FM radio, Blue-White Leather Interior, and 7.75X15 non DOT Goodyear Blue Streaks bias ply tires. Certainly this combination of extra cost options was most conducive for long comfortable journeys over the great state of Texas.
Documentation includes a bevy of paperwork, including factory original VIN stampings on the block, transmission, and left rear frame rail, factory applied NO3 grease pencil markings, as well as the NCRS Shipping Data Report, NICB Report, and a compilation of previous owners from 1971 to present who all remember the big tank option, factory air conditioning, and disc brake credit.
That’s right, a disc brake credit. In 1965 it was possible to refuse the new 4 wheel disc brake standard feature and request a credit for factory installed drum brakes which were left over from the 1964 model year, with some of these early production models. This 1965 N03 Tanker Corvette has drum brakes from the factory!
Current owner Dr. Bruce Smith acquired this tanker Corvette from his mentor and nationally noted Corvette restorer Robert Gregory. A frame-off restoration was assigned to Dick Fernando of D & A Corvette of Gillespie Illinois. The finished rolling chassis received the honor of being on display at the National Corvette Museum prior to final re-assembly by D & A Corvette, the owner himself, and Scott Smith (the owner’s brother and Master Judge). This Nassau Blue Corvette Tanker draws attention everywhere it is shown.