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.
Up for auction is this 1966 Corvette Stingray Convertible. Fitted to this car; a L72
427 Turbo-Jet V8 425 HP engine with a rare factory automatic transmission. The exterior is Nassau Blue with a Black vinyl interior, factory knock offs and side pipes. This vehicle is also equipped with power assisted steering and AM/FM Radio. Vehicle runs and drives extremely well. This classic American Convertible is extremely solid and fun to drive. One of the most collectable of all Corvettes.
The attached manufacturers plate reads as follows;
- Style # 66 467
- Body # A-5917
- Trim # STD
- VIN # 194676S118858
Mid 60’s American Muscle Car 427/425!