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Lot 46

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 Roadster

SOLD $126,500

Estimate

$140,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

194676S109182

Car Highlights

Very Well-Preserved and Largely Original Example
Recently Inspected by NCRS Judge Kevin Mackay
Top L72-Spec Engine and Four-Speed Transmission
Proper 427 Engine and Largely Original Interior
One Repaint in Original 1966-Only Mosport Green
Rare Power-Steering-Equipped L72 Model
Power Brakes, Hardtop, and “Knock-Off” Wheels
Collector-Owned Since 2005

Technical Specs

427 CID RPO L72 OHV V-8 Engine
Single Holley 4-Barrel Carburetor
425 BHP at 5,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with A-Arms and Coil Springs
Independent Rear Suspension with Half-Shafts and Transverse Leaf Spring
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According to information on the GM shipping records provided by the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 Roadster was produced on December 22, 1965, and was delivered to Star Chevrolet located in East Orange, New Jersey. A copy of a New Jersey title document issued on August 6, 1968, to Mr. John R. Skowronski, the Corvette’s first recorded owner, accompanies the sale of the car. Originally equipped with power steering, an exceptionally rare option for the hot L72-powered Corvette, plus power brakes, this example is further optioned with a highly desirable hardtop. Its attractive Mosport Green exterior finish, a one-year-only color choice for 1966, is very well complemented by green upholstery. Full-length exhaust with rear outlets and knock-off wheels are other excellent features. Just one exterior refinish is believed to have been applied to the Corvette, which remains otherwise unrestored. In 2005, this top-specification 1966 Corvette 427/425 Roadster was acquired from the prior New Hampshire-based owner by the consignor, who is a prolific connoisseur of the finest classic automobiles.

A recent inspection of the car performed by NCRS Master Judge Kevin Mackay detected no damage and confirmed that the car is highly original with one exterior refinish and retains the factory-installed and original L72 427/425 engine and most, if not all, of the factory-original interior.

In Mr. Mackay’s own words, the Corvette is summarized as “...a very nice, no-excuses car with a real – not restamped – engine,” continuing “it’s a beautifully clean and nice, mostly original example.” Accordingly, for Corvette enthusiasts, this impressive L72-powered 1966 Corvette Roadster is a very well-preserved example in a most attractive and rare Mosport Green color. For the collector who has been waiting for the ideal 427/425 Corvette Roadster to become available, we encourage serious consideration of this incredible automobile.

The Big-Block Corvette

Following the late-1962 debut of the all-new Stingray, relentless development work by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his Corvette engineering team quickly unleashed a virtually endless series of refinements and performance options. For 1965, Chevrolet’s all-new Mark IV 396 cid “big-block” engine debuted with mandatory options including K66 transistorized ignition and a four-speed manual transmission, with air-conditioning unavailable. Despite its considerable mass, the Mark IV engine did not significantly affect the Corvette’s excellent weight distribution and handling, and four-wheel disc brakes were finally available to match its incredible forward thrust. For 1966, the 396 grew into the 427 cid L72 variant delivering 425 hp and brutal performance. Today, the 427 Corvette, particularly in open-roadster form, continues to deliver a stunning aural and visceral assault in keeping with its aggressive styling.