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Franklin Mint 1/24 1965 Corvette Sting Ray 396 Fiberglass Red

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Just when CorvetteĀ® lovers thought things could not get any better, along came the '65 Sting Rayā„¢. Out were the hood vents of earlier models. In were three functioning front-fender louvers for increased airflow. Gone were the rear drum brakes of previous years, replaced by the smoother, easier four-wheel disc variety.

But the most significant change of all... the introduction of the thoroughly awesome 396 Turbo Jet engine ā€“ first of the factory-built Big Blocks to power a CorvetteĀ® - equally at home on the track as on the street, to the degree that many who owned one drove their pride-and-joy a quarter mile at a time!

Here's your invitation to join the Big Block party by ordering the definitive precision re-creation of the one-and-only CorvetteĀ® ever to sport the powerful 396 Turbo Jet Big Block engine. Assembled entirely by hand, this spectacular model matches the original, detail for scorching detail. The bulge hood, flip-up headlights and fully appointed interior... every distinctive feature re-created to an unprecedented degree of accuracy by the engineers of Franklin Mint Precision Models. And, of course, there's the unparalleled re-creation of the Turbo Jet engine under the hood, accurate right down to the air cleaner assembly that can actually be removed to view the carburetor and engine block.

Just like the actual auto, this sensational model features a body of real fiberglass, hand-painted a torrid Rally Red. A must for your CorvetteĀ® collection!

In order to re-create the torrid '65 Vette, our engineers developed all-new tooling, thereby making it a completely new and individual model unlike any other ever produced. Here is our most technologically advanced CorvetteĀ® model to date, packed with details that place this model in a league all it's own.

Additional working features include functional suspension, operable steering, hinged fuel cap and detachable jack compartment door, a fully appointed interior, flip-up headlights, tread patterns that match original, a fully detailed carburetor, and an exhaust system that appears in perfect clarity as part of the detailed undercarriage.

The 1965 CorvetteĀ® was in many ways the alpha omega of CorvettesĀ®. 1965 introduced the first GMĀ® factory big block option for any CorvetteĀ®. The powerful 396 Turbo Jet engine delivered 425 hp and 415 foot-pounds of torque. This was a quantum leap from previous years, with 375 hp the highest option offered in 1964. With this new factory muscle under the hood, the '65 CorvetteĀ® was just as much at home on the track as the street. In fact, most who purchased this option drove their CorvettesĀ®... a quarter mile at a time! The 1965 CorvetteĀ® was also the first year to offer the new bulge hood, designed for the big block option, and the first CorvetteĀ® to have side exhaust pipes and a power radio antenna. The 1965 model year was also the omega CorvetteĀ®. It was the last fuelie CorvetteĀ®. While customers could choose a carbureted model, fuel injection for CorvettesĀ® would vanish until new throttle body injection was introduced in 1982. 1965 was also the last year for rear drum brakes; all CorvettesĀ® would now be offered with four-wheel disc brakes as standard equipment.

The 1965 CorvetteĀ® is also the one and only... The only model year CorvetteĀ® to sport the 396 Turbo Jet, it would be replaced with a bigger big block in 1966, never again to be found under the hood of any other factory CorvetteĀ® built. This fact alone makes 1965 a benchmark year for CorvetteĀ® and makes it a true classic. With limited production numbers, only a very fortunate few can own the real deal. Franklin Mint Precision Models has captured the essence of this automotive icon and is proud to offer a 1:24 scale, real fiberglass tribute to the 1965 Corvette 396 Coupe.

Special thanks to the ProTeam Classic CorvetteĀ® Collection of Napoleon, Ohio - one of the premier CorvetteĀ® restoration and sales dealerships in the United States - for providing us with the opportunity to photograph and document their extraordinary collection.

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