Imagine that you could get an L72 427/425 in your Corvette for just
$312 today. With that in mind, this 1966 Corvette convertible was
probably a staggering bargain when it was new. Today, it's a
formidable performer that looks fantastic, offering a
matching-numbers engine, an awesome color combination, and side
pipes. Worth it? With just 6 (yes, six) miles since the frame-off
restoration, you'd better believe it!
The Corvette neatly fits into a number of categories: with the 427, it's a seriously fast piece of hardware, and the Rally Red paint gives it a high-visibility look that's probably just about right for a vintage 'Vette. The restoration was done with that in mind, giving it exacting fit and finish that makes this car look great even at a glance. The fiberglass shows no issues, no cracks or amateurishly sanded details, and no cut corners anywhere in the work. Two-stage urethane paint offers a depth and gloss that other Corvettes will envy, with reflections that look a mile deep. The big block hood is arguably one of the best-looking ever fitted to a Mid-Year Corvette and someone took the extra time to make sure that it fit flush. All the chrome has a terrific shine, with correct emblems fitted all around and, of course, those thundering side pipes that practically define the car.
Bright red bucket seats are a welcome change from the usual black, and rarely have we seen more inviting buckets in an early Corvette. Sporting yet inviting, the Stingray interior is one of GM's best efforts, combining form and function with a big dose of style that suits the Corvette perfectly. On this car, of course, everything is restored, including the accurate seat covers, door panels, and carpets that show the correct weave. Big, round gauges are all fully operational and easily visible through the woodgrained steering wheel, and you will note with some interest that this car has both radio and heater delete, so you can guess what its original intentions really were. Grab the gorgeous wood-rimmed steering wheel, slot the big chrome shifter into gear, and you'll feel all 425 horses snap to attention under the hood; there's just nothing else like it in all of the automotive kingdom. This roadster also includes a folding black convertible top that stows neatly under the rear deck, and seals up quite well thanks to all new weather-stripping.
There's definitely something magic about a 427 in a Corvette. That's what legends are all about. This one is the numbers-matching L72, which was the nastiest powerplant on the streets in the mid-60s. It's a remarkably docile beast when you're tooling around town, but snarls and roars through the side pipes when you're gunning it and despite the big horsepower number, it doesn't seem to get cranky. It's dressed properly, with Chevy Orange on the block and valve covers, a chrome air cleaner, and correct blue stripe cooling hoses, plus the all-important '427' decal on the air cleaner. It's remarkable how much room the side pipes free up underneath, but it gives you a great view of the very tidy floors and prove that this is a Corvette with nothing to hide following the frame-off restoration. Four-wheel disc brakes are a great idea in a car with this much horsepower and the factory knock-offs look great and are shod with 205/75/15 whitewall radials that take you back to 1966 all over again.
Perfect to drive and show while it appreciates, this Corvette hits all the right buttons and has a pedigree to match. Call today!
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