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Lot 30

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 Coupe

SOLD $137,500

Estimate

$160,000 - $200,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

194376S108199

Engine

T11291P6108199

Car Highlights

One of the Finest Unrestored Corvettes in Existence
15,786 Miles from New Extensive Documentation
Featured in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection and in Numerous Corvette Publications
An NCRS Award Winner

Technical Specs

427 CID L-72 OHV V-8 Engine
Single Holley 4-Barrel Carburetor
425 BHP at 5,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
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Formerly the Property of Elliot "Chip" Miller

This exceptional big-block Corvette is a wonderful original example, showing just under 16,000 miles at the time of cataloguing and significantly retaining its original paint and interior.

This rare L-72 427/425 was originally delivered in 1966 to Sherwood Chevrolet of Montrose, Pennsylvania. By 1972, it had passed through the custody of just three appreciative owners and was in the care of Tom Denner. Chip Miller discovered the big-block coupe at the Cavalcade of Corvettes in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and, after realizing how impressively preserved this car was, he purchased it.

Chip Miller is widely considered one of the most influential innovators of the Corvette hobby for collectors and fans alike. He established Corvettes at Carlisle and his private collection of low-mileage, unrestored, original Corvettes was hand-selected from more than 40 exceptional cars that he owned over the years. Miller’s cars were kept in climate- and humidity-controlled storage where they were lavished with care and attention, and each was considered the finest of its type.

After some time with the 427/425, he became deeply attached to it and was rumored to have said that he would never sell the car. He held the car in the same regard as his 1953 model and L88 and claimed that, “there can’t be a nicer original ’66 interior on earth.” Over the years this Corvette earned a long list of awards, from a Bryner Award of Excellence to NCRS verifications and, in 1989, it was included in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection – strong testaments to its high quality. The only work that has been done was a chassis-only restoration undertaken by Kevin Mackay. This was done after much deliberation and saw the body lifted from the frame, the chassis sympathetically restored, and the engine, suspension, and other mechanical components thoroughly detailed.

Mr. Miller was true to his word and never sold the 427/425. It was purchased by Michael Schudroff from Miller’s estate and remained in his care until 2009, when it was acquired by a significant collector with an eye for originality. To date, the Corvette has covered 15,786 miles and the rare Milano Maroon paint is exceptionally nice given its age. The saddle interior is nearly perfect, and the car looks fabulous with its teakwood steering wheel and goldline tires – three of which are original. The coupe even wears a Pennsylvania inspection sticker from 1975. It seems that this Corvette is equipped with F41 suspension, a Posi-Traction rear end, four-speed gearbox, and off-road exhaust – great options that further enhance its rarity and prestige.

The extensive file of documentation that accompanies this car includes the 1966 owner’s manual, accessory book, radio-operating instruction pamphlet, owner protection plan, countless articles about the car, judging sheets, receipts, photos of the minor chassis restoration, letters, correspondence and awards. This is one of the finest big-block Corvettes to be found anywhere and with its unblemished history, impressive provenance, and vaunted status in Corvette circles, it will be an astute addition for any collector of low-mileage or original cars.