Manufactured since 1953, the Corvette has been proclaimed as "America's Sports Car." It was the first all- American sports car built by an American car manufacturer. Corvettes combine very powerful engines with relative affordability. Corvettes are an Icon and the Stingray or Mid Year vette is the one of the most desirable and rapidly appreciating cars in todays collectorcar market.
Corvettes tend to emphasize simplicity over technical complexity. Where nearly all competing marques rely on smaller, more complex and faster-revving engines, the Corvette uses a simpler OHV design coupled with a larger displacement to make up for the lower rev limit pushrods impose. The result is usually less expensive to manufacture and maintain. Another example of this philosophy is the continued use of transverse leaf springs in the suspension.
The second generation, or mid-year, was designed by Larr Shinoda with major inspiration from a previous unproduced design called the "Q Corvette" by Peter Brock and Chuck Pohlmann, and under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, started in 1963 and ended in 1967. 1963 would see the introduction of the new Corvette Sting Ray Coupe with its distinctive split rear window and fak hood vents as well as an independant rear suspension. The split rear window was discontinued in 1964 due to safety concerns. Because they made the design too busy, the hood vents were also cut. Power for 1963 was at 360 hp hitting 375 hp in 1964.
Four-wheel discs were introduced in 1965, as was a big block engine option the 396 V8. Side exhaust pipes appeared on the 1965 Sting Ray and persisted through 1969. Chevrolet would up the ante in 1966 with the introduction of an even larger 427 version, creating what would be one of the most collectible Corvettes ever. 1967 saw a L88 version of the 427 introduced which was rated at 430 hp but unofficial estimates place the actual output at 550 hp or more. Only twenty such engines were placed in the 1967 Corvette, and the cars can fetch US$1,000,000 or more in auction today. Other early options available on the C2 included an AM-FM radio (mid 1963), air conditioning (1963), a telescopic steering wheel (1965) and headrests, presumably to prevent whiplash (1966).
There were 27,720 Total Corvettes produced in 1966, 17,762 of those were convertibles.
This rare, matching numbers, high option car is a 327/350 HP version, 4 speed, 2 Tops, Power Windows, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Rally Wheels, AMFM Radio and Posi-Traction. The car has had a lot of recent upgrades including new top, new leather seats from Al Knoch, New Blue Line Tires, New Battery, New Engine Wiring Harness, Gauge Faces redone, and a new wood steering wheel. The original steel wheels and hubcaps come with the car.
'66 is one of the most desirable years of the legendary "StingRay" C2 Corvcttes. Finished in a very desirable color combination, this nicely optioned and well presented Vette will draw attention everywhere it goes.