"When I first saw the car draped with the American flag, the smoking-hot Heather Graham, and the license plate 'CIA 1,' I was completely enamored!" -Larry Sachs

Lost your mojo? Need to travel back in time to get it back?

If you're a fictitious character like Brit superswinger/spy Austin Powers, then a CIA agent named Felicity Shagwell, and a star-spangled Sting Ray (along with a 30-year reverse burnout through time) will do it.

But does that third-year midyear have any magic beyond what you see on screen? It had plenty of it from the day it left St. Louis Assembly, with an L79 327, an M20 four-speed, and new-that-year four-wheel disc brakes. And it had enough to catch the eye of New Yorker Larry Sachs, who caught the second Austin Powers flick first-run.

"My love affair with it began in the summer of 1999, when my girlfriend and I went to see Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," Sachs said (in the 2010 Corvettes at Carlisle program). "When I first saw the [car] completely draped with the American flag, the smoking-hot Heather Graham, and the license plate 'CIA 1,' I was completely enamored!"

That continued through the film's successful big-screen run and the '65's subsequent on-line sale by New Line Cinema. The buyer was the publisher and distributor of the Austin Powers Collectible Card Game, and the '65 spent the next couple of years as a trade-show booth prop promoting the game.

In time, a third Austin Powers picture came out (Goldmember), but the producers didn't have a part in it for Felicity Shagwell, or her '65 Sting Ray. That resulted in long-term storage for the midyear, and an eventual desire by the card-game publisher to sell it.

That's where Sachs steps in again (albeit without a special-effects-laden entrance out of a time machine). As he recounted in the Carlisle program, "I found an opportunity to purchase it. The company had placed the car in storage in a warehouse, where it was gathering dust."

Rather than let it gather more dust, Sachs bought the '65 and took it home. Like too many other cars that appeared in feature films or TV shows, this one needed more than just a little attention. "I had a complete restoration done of the internals--the chassis, engine, transmission, and rearend, but we did not touch the movie paint," he says. "No expense was spared."

That body-off resto was completed in 2006, and since then, the car has been an eye-grabber whenever and wherever Sachs has shown it. That included a one-year stint in the MY Corvette Museum at Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Illinois, as well as at last year's Corvettes at Carlisle.

With an L79 under the hood, need we ask what it's like to drive? "It's very, very quick. It's a very peppy 350-horsepower car," says Sachs. "This is definitely a timepiece that brings you back to your youthful days, because it appeals to young people, [along with] this movie and this culture."

Sachs's advice for anyone considering buying a vintage Corvette, even if it's not as shagadelicly righteous as this one? "Stick with the midyear Corvettes, especially the 1965-'67s, because they have four-wheel disc brakes, and they're very clean-lined."

By the way, thanks to the efforts of the Corvette Team over the years (going back to Harley Earl, Zora Arkus-Duntov, Ed Cole, and others), anyone who's ever loved Corvettes will never lose his (or her) mojo.

Spec Sheet: '65 Convertible
Owner Larry Sachs; New York, NY
Block Stock L79 cast iron
Displacement 327 ci
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Heads Stock L79 cast iron, casting No. 3782461
Valves Stock 2.02/1.60
Camshaft Stock L79 hydraulic lifter (0.447-in lift, 222-deg duration)
Rocker Arms Stock
Pistons Stock domed aluminum castings
Crankshaft Stock forged steel
Rods Stock forged steel
Intake Manifold Stock aluminum
Carburetor Stock L79 Holley No. R3884505 four-barrel
Fuel Pump Stock mechanical
Ignition Stock Delco non-electronic points-type
Exhaust System Stock cast-iron exhaust manifolds and dual pipes
Transmission Stock Muncie M20 four-speed manual with OEM shifter
Driveshaft Stock
Suspension Stock
Rearend Stock with Positraction and 3.36 gear
Brakes Stock four-wheel discs, power assisted
Wheels Stock steel with chrome-plated covers, 15x6 (front and rear)
Tires American Bronze P205/70R15 whitewall
Fuel Octane 93
Weight 3,230 lbs
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