1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" L72 427/435 RoadsterSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000

High bid $98,000

Specifications:
425hp, 427 cu. in. Turbojet V8 Engine, single four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty independent coil spring front and leaf spring rear suspensions, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98"

Chevrolet inadvertently hinted at the potency of 1966’s high performance big block, (the first year for the L72 Turbojet 427 cubic inch V8) when it was initially announced as having 450hp, then inexplicably revised to 425hp shortly after its introduction. In the thick of the “horsepower wars” it was almost unthinkable for Chevy to back down during the model year. It was a time of intense rivalries and such announcements were invariably up, not down. The L72, in fact, differed in no way whatsoever from the engine Chevrolet rated at 450hp, except in advertising.

The 1966 L72 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 cobbled together for field testing while waiting for Corvette’s brakes to catch up with the prodigious power and torque delivered by ever larger, better breathing V8s.

The L72 option would included four bolt mains, impact extruded aluminum pistons, a very aggressive camshaft, a four-barrel Holley 780 CFM carburetor mated to an aluminum intake and a free-flowing exhaust. Additionally, the K66 transistorized ignition was a mandatory option with the L72.

Stopping had finally been addressed the year before with the long-awaited advent of four-wheel disc brakes. Now Corvette had the stopping power to match its acceleration, which made it possible to put 400+ horsepower under the hood.

The stunning 1966 Corvette Stingray Roadster pictured here in red with a black leather interior and matching top is an original California black plate car, factory built with the Turbojet 427/425 L72 option. Always well maintained and garage kept, it was part of a long term Southern California collection until recently.

The recipient of a ground up restoration, the condition of the Corvette is still remarkable both visually and mechanically. It has knock off wheels, an original AM/FM radio in the dash, a teak steering wheel, lap seat belts, power windows, heavy duty suspension, Positraction and side mounted exhausts. This Corvette is ready for the road or for show and would be a fantastic car for any serious Corvette enthusiast.

Reference Number 7354

as of 2/20/2007

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Car 1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 "Sting Ray" L72 427/435 Roadster
VIN 194676S118762 
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