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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.