1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" 427/425 RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $130,000-$150,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $121,000

Specifications: 425hp, 427 cu. in. single four-barrel carburetor V8 engine, four-speed close ratio heavy-duty manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98"

Chevrolet inadvertently hinted at the potency of 1966 ’ s high performance big block, the first year for the 7-liter 427 cubic inch V8, when it was initially announced that it had 450 horsepower then inexplicably revised it to 425 shortly after its introduction. In the thick of the horsepower wars, it was almost unthinkable for Chevy to back down during the model year – in this time of intense rivalries such announcements were invariably up, not down – and the previous year ’ s 396 cubic inch big block delivered its advertised 425hp from 31 fewer cubic inches. The 425 horsepower 427 did not differ at all from the engine Chevy rated at 450 horsepower, except in its advertising. The 1966 427/425 was, in truth, a fire-breathing behemoth, developed from a series of special engines Zora Arkus-Duntov and his performance-oriented Corvette team had been spreading around for field testing while waiting for Corvette ’ s brakes to catch up with the prodigious power and torque delivered by larger, better-breathing V8s. Stopping had finally been addressed the year before with the long-awaited advent of four- wheel disc brakes; now Corvette had retardation to match its acceleration and it was possible to put 400+ horsepower under the hood. In the late 1960s the big block Corvette instantly became the king of the road and the object of innumerable adolescent dreams. Larry Shinoda could be proud of what his Stingray design had evolved into. This very nicely detailed matching numbers Oregon car recently underwent a complete nut and bolt restoration and only has minimal test mileage. The entire restoration process was conducted to the highest standard with utmost attention to detail, as outlined by the National Corvette Restorers Society. As such, it could very well be deserving of Top Flight honors from the NCRS. The quality and fit and finish of the body are exemplary as is the gorgeous Mosport Green paint that covers it. Equally stunning are the knock-off wheels shod in Gold Line Radials as well as the aggressive side exhausts, which became a standard feature on later C2s and early third generation Corvettes. The interior features black vinyl upholstery, also restored to an impressive finish, and proudly displays the shift knob of its Muncie M-21 four-speed transmission, which is complemented by a 4:11 posi-traction differential. The enormous 427 rests under the hood, properly painted in Chevrolet Orange down to its valve covers. The wires, decals, and all finishes are period correct and virtually flawless. Other features of note include a tinted windshield, optional AM/FM radio, and transistor ignition.

A 1966 sales brochure for the Corvette stated, “ With 427 cubic inches, who needs adjectives? ” After over forty years of tearing up every imaginable American strip of asphalt, the 1966 Corvette, with its big block power, still speaks for itself. It harkens the enthusiast back to 1960s Detroit when the American performance solution simply required greater displacement and more horsepower. It reminds the sports car lover what true American muscle really is.

Please note that the Serial No. is 194676S121199.

Reference Number 10057

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" 427/425 Roadster
VIN 194676S121199 
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