LIMA —The Chevy Corvette debuted in 1953. It was Chevy’s sports car, that to this day, remains an icon. The Corvette is presently in it’s sixth generation. The second generation, which ran from 1963 to 1967, saw the sports car being modeled after a Mako Shark that designer Bill Mitchell had caught while deep sea fishing. Well, thankfully, the design caught on, and in 1965, there were record sales of 23,652 Corvettes sold. 1965 was a unique and memorable year for the sexy, curved Corvette. It was the only year that you could buy a fuel-injected, disc-braked Sting Ray. It was the first year for the big block and side-mounted exhausts. And with prices starting at $4,106, the 1965 Corvette Sting Ray was quite a bargain. No wonder that sales reached a record 23,652 units. The car was originally built in Flint, Mich. and St. Louis, Mo. but is currently built in Bowling Green, Ky. It is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The National Corvette Museum is located in Bowling Green, Ky., and it documents the car’s history, while also hosting exhibits, tours and the annual anniversary celebration.
Gary Allen, of Lima, brought his 1965 Chevy Corvette Roadster, to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned this car for 10 years. The car was purchased new at White Chevrolet in Lima in 1965. It boasts all matching numbers, and is one of 612 produced with white interior. There have been only three owners, who have all lived in Lima. Allen is the third owner. His beauty is classic, while at the same time sexy, while it cruises down the road.