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Lot 144

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/450 Roadster

SOLD $109,200

Estimate

$125,000 - $175,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

194676S102228

Engine

TO922IP 6102228

Car Highlights

Top-of-the-Line Big-Block Corvette Roadster
Early Production Example Factory Rated at 450 HP
Stunning Milano Maroon with Saddle Leather Interior
Equipped with Hardtop, Side Pipes, and Knock-Off Wheels
Ideal Corvette for Club Events, Concours, or Tours

Technical Specs

427 CID OHV L72 Turbo-Jet V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Holley Carburetor
450 BHP at 5,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Close-Ratio M21 Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
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Chevrolet debuted the legendary “Big Block” 427 engine in the Corvette in 1966, making it available in two versions: the standard 390 hp L36 and the top-of-the-line 450 hp L72. The potent L72 package included a four-bolt main block, impact-extruded aluminum pistons, a high-performance camshaft, and an aluminum intake manifold topped with a Holley 780 cfm carburetor.

This 1966 Corvette is an early production car, with a build date of October 4, 1965, according to its NCRS shipping data report. For the first few months of production, 427 L72 cars were rated at 450 hp by Chevrolet. For reasons widely believed to be related to insurance purposes, however, the rating was later changed to 425 hp for the remainder of the 1966 production run, making this Corvette both rare and highly coveted.

This Corvette is equipped with several desirable options, including a removable hardtop, side pipes, close-ratio M21 four-speed manual gearbox, power steering, AM-FM radio with power antenna, Posi-Traction rear axle, and goldline tires mounted on finned cast-aluminum knock-off wheels. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed less than 46,000 miles.

Ideally optioned and beautifully presented, the overall quality, correctness, and attention to detail are evident and make this stunning big-block Corvette worthy of consideration.