1965 Corvette VIN 001
1965 Corvette VIN 001
The 1965 Corvette VIN 001 is a very special hand built pilot line car that was GM’s 4-wheel disc brake show car. This 1965 Corvette VIN 001 was not only the first Corvette built with 4-wheel disc brakes, but also the first car built by in the General Motors product line with 4-wheel disc brakes. There were no other GM cars built with 4-wheel disc brakes prior to this one. This Corvette was built by John Evans and 5 men at the St. Louis plant and delivered to Barford Chevrolet in Clayton Missouri. It retains its factory trim tag which was placed with purple rivets on which the paint code indicates trim code ZZ which was a Cadillac code for Satin Silver. The Corvette Silver Pearl paint was not available at this early production time (August 1964) so the Cadillac paint was chosen for this special Corvette.
A matching silver leather interior was factory installed into this show car for additional eye candy. It was optioned with a 365 HP 327 engine, 4-speed transmission, teakwood steering wheel, power antenna, Kelsey Hayes Knock Off Wheels with white wall tires, plus much more.
During its life, it was purchased by several caring owners, one of which lived in the Lincoln Nebraska area in the 70s. If you have information regarding the time this Corvette spent in Nebraska, PLEASE CONTACT Dr. Pete in the contact form at this right of this article. If you know about this car, I am sure you know what information I am requesting. Please contact Dr. Pete.
Mecum Auctions listed this 1965 Corvette Vin 001 and here is what they had to say about it: A straightforward driver’s machine with a 327/365 HP small-block under the hood and a 4-speed close at hand, this is the first production 1965 Corvette, serial number 001. Corvette entered its second generation in 1963 with the Bill Mitchell-designed Sting Ray. While the new car was an advanced design for a production automobile in the context of the time, engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov continued to insist on maintaining an ongoing development program that addressed everything from changes in suspension geometry to adapting the mysterious Mark IV big-block engine to production. Of all the improvements Duntov foresaw for his beloved Corvette, none was more important than brakes capable of handling the serious demands of production racing. Finally, in 1965, Arkus-Duntov and legions of Corvette fans got their wish: for the first time, disc brakes were available as standard equipment on Corvette; not just up front, but at all four corners. The automotive press collectively leaped at the chance to drive the new car, doing everything possible to expose any weaknesses with torturous testing that would have destroyed a drum brake-equipped example, but the new state-of-the-art feature proved up to the task, and the new Corvette was finally judged not only an American status symbol but a genuine high-performance sports car capable of thrilling even the most demanding drivers. Indeed, the weekend racers who were a core segment of Corvette’s constituency recognized the huge advantage afforded them by the combination of a lightweight small-block engine and high-performance disc brakes. Documented as a pilot car, serial number 001 was built by John Evans and five coworkers at the St. Louis assembly plant on August 6, 1964.
It was featured as General Motors’ display car to show off Corvette’s new 4-wheel disc brakes introduced in 1965 as standard equipment and served duty touring on the show circuit from August through December 1964. Because the Silver Pearl paint scheduled for 1965 Corvette production was not yet available, the car was finished with 1964 Cadillac ZZ-code 1964 Satin Silver, a fact noted in the Corvette Black Book. The code is listed on the car’s trim tag, which like many Corvette pilot cars was affixed using Purple rivets. Once a part of the famed Bob McDorman Collection, it uses the L76 327/365 HP V-8 with a 4-speed and 4.11:1 Positraction rear end and features Kelsey Hayes finned aluminum knock-off wheels shod with whitewall tires for a truly classic look. It is the only midyear serial number 001 Corvette known to exist and the first Corvette produced with a teakwood steering wheel and a power antenna for the AM/FM radio. Offered with complete owner history, this is THE car for the serious Corvette collector.