Numbers matching and heavily optioned
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390hp Roadster
Chassis no. 194676S113981
When the second generation Corvette, dubbed the C2, debuted for the 1963 model year, it truly set the tone for what a Corvette should bea hymnal from which Chevrolet is still drawing its inspiration from for today's 'Vettes. The harbinger of this change was the 1961 XP-755 Mako Shark concept, a car that drew back the curtains a touch into what tasty brew was being cooked up by GM Styling and Design chief Bill Mitchell, stylist Larry Shinoda, and Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. The sharp creases, aggressive stance, and muscular posture were America's broad shoulder response to Italy and Britain's lithe sportscars. The addition of a coupe, with the famous one-year-only split window, represented the first time one could order a proper roof on a 'Vette.
Originally offered with an array of 327ci V8s, it was the 1966 introduction of the 427ci V8 that would truly earn the 'Vette its 'King of the Road' status. With the improvements bestowed on its brakes and suspension since the C2's introduction, it proved to be a potent combination of power and agility; something that Zora himself said he would be proud to take and show off in Europe.
This Tuxedo Black Roadster has its original, numbers matching 427/390hp mill under the hood. Mated to a the M21 close ratio 4-speed manual transmission and delivering power to the optional knock-off rims wearing Gold Line tires through a Positraction rear axle, face flattening acceleration is a given. Spent dead dinosaur juice is routed through a pair of side exhausts, in case there were any lingering questions about the amount of power underfoot.
Making the experience that much more enjoyable is an optional AM/FM radio with a power antenna, a teak steering wheel, and a rare set of head rests to round off the stunning, white interior. Lest one worry about heading out on those cool spring and fall days, a color matched hardtop is also included. To top it off, the original owner's manual and sale brochure is included, along with a fitted car cover to coddle the whole kit and caboodle when not in use.
Restored in 2000, maintenance has been meticulous and regular since completion. Fewer that 3000 miles ago, the big block was balanced, blue printed, and totally rebuilt and the transmission was gone through, all by renowned 427 engine builder Ted Wingate. 18 months ago, the interior was retrimmed in leather. Most recently, the Gold Line radials were replaced.
Heavily optioned and handsomely presented, it is reported that this 'Vette goes as well as it looks. The great American singer Steppenwolf summed it best, "Get your motor running, head out on the highway/Looking for adventure in whatever comes our way."