In the early 1960s Harley Earl retired, and new ideas came with new leadership. Bill Mitchell, GM’s new chief of design, had an incredibly successful idea: Stingray! Tradition was broken as the totally redesigned Corvette was offered as a coupe or a convertible with 4 engine choices. Both featured a streamlined appearance and improved passenger accommodations. The American public loved 1963-1967 Stingrays because they were fast machines that looked supersonic even when parked. They remain the most collectible Corvettes today.
The Sting Rays were the automotive success story of the year. Chevrolet had to add a second shift to its St. Louis, Missouri assembly plant to keep up with demand, and dealers reported owners waiting months for their cars to be built. By the end of the model year, Corvette production would surpass the 20,000-unit milestone.
For 1966 Corvette made a few changes to the Sting Rays. The 1966 Corvette featured a new eggcrate grille and functional engine compartment cooling vents. In its place, a new muscle Corvette was introduced, the “427” with its own funnel-shaped, power bulge on the hood.
Fitted to this car; a 327 cubic inch V8 engine with a Holley 4-bbl. The transmission is the factory optional 4 speed manual transmission. The exterior is Ermine white with a Black vinyl interior in great condition, special cast aluminum knock-off wheels, Side Mount Exhaust System and AM-FM Radio. This classic American Coupe is extremely solid and fun to drive. This car would be a great addition to any collection as it is one of the most collectable of all Corvettes.
The attached manufacturers plate reads as follows;
– Style # 66 437
– Body # S2176
– Trim # STD
– Paint # 972AA
– VIN # 194376S111704