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Lot 31

2017   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2017

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 Roadster

SOLD $143,000

Estimate

$200,000 - $240,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

194676S112013

Engine

TOII8IP 6112013

Car Highlights

Rare 427/425 HP Engine
Spectacular Award-Winning Restoration
Multiple NCRS Top Flight Award Winner
Rare Quad-Black Color Scheme
A Highly Desirable and Collectible Corvette Roadster

Technical Specs

427 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single Holley 4-Barrel Carburetor
425 BHP at 5,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Close-Ratio M21 Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Independent Rear Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Register to Bid

Gary Vanders, Banning, California (acquired new in 1966)Anthony Gorgol (acquired before 2010)Frank Chicherchia (acquired in 2010)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

NCRS, West Chester, Pennsylvania, October 2011 (Top Flight Award)NCRS Exotic Classics, Syosset, New York, April 2012 (Top Flight Award)NCRS Tri-State Pennsylvania Regionals, September 2012 (Top Flight Award)Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Greenwich, Connecticut, June 2013

The “Mid-Year” design Corvette startled the automotive world when introduced for the 1963 model year. Its innovative design, excellent handling, and sparkling performance earned the 1963–1967 Corvette a still-strong legion of loyal fans and collectors. The legendary Big Block engine would first appear in the Corvette in 1965 with 396 CID. In 1966, Chevrolet upped the displacement to 427 CID, unleashing one of the most powerful cars on the street.

According to the consignor, this 1966 Corvette was sold new at Stack Chevrolet in Palm Springs, California, and ordered with the most potent of the two 427s offered for 1966, the optional solid-lifter, L72 425 hp engine. A factory close-ratio M21 4-speed gearbox and factory-installed 4:11 differential were also specified when new. The impressive list of options also includes an AM/FM radio, power antenna, power windows, power steering, tinted windows, off-road exhaust, and removable hardtop. The rare and unusual quad-black color scheme enhances the elegant lines and aggressiveness of this car.

A no-expense-spared, comprehensive restoration was performed on this car in 2011 with the goal of making it one of the best 1966 Corvettes in the world. The consignor reports that, during the restoration process, it was revealed that the body panels were original to the car, with their original black paint. The various components of the car were rebuilt and reassembled as original, and the matching-numbers 425 hp engine still powers this car.

Chassis 194676S112013 has been documented by leading experts. Well-known Corvette expert Al Grenning issued a Classic Car Affirmation Service certification, attesting that the engine block has not been restamped and is original to the car. He also reported the trim tag as unaltered and original. This example has also been researched by noted Corvette historian and Bloomington Gold CEO David Burroughs, whose report concludes that only a projected four 1966 Corvettes were produced with this car’s colors and equipment. The quality of the restoration has been tested multiple times under the expert scrutiny of the National Corvette Restorers Society. Judges rigorously assessed the car’s authenticity and quality of restoration, including every accessible nut and bolt, paint finish, and chalk marks on the frame. In every instance, the judges have awarded the coveted Top Flight Award, the highest honor that the NCRS can bestow.

Accompanying the sale of this car are a photo album of the restoration; NCRS Top Flight Award certificates, ribbons and judging sheets; NCRS shipping data report; CCAS trim tag and engine pad certificates; and the original Protect- O-Plate. It is exceedingly difficult to find a high-horsepower Corvette of this vintage both retaining its original drivetrain components and a restoration of this caliber. The quad-black color combination only provides more weight to the argument that this Corvette Roadster is one not to pass up.