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- Rally Red
- Seller: streetsidenc
- Phone: 866-542-8392
Blue chip classic car investments don't get much better than bonafide, pedigreed mid-year Corvettes featuring matching numbers and top-end restorations. This impeccably nut-and-bolt restored 1966 Chevrolet Corvette L72 427 coupe features a veritable dream team of highlights, including numbers matching 427 L72 V8 mated to a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission, factory power 4-wheel disc brakes, a positraction rear end, factory side pipes, and a slick Rally Red livery. And with a fat stack of build/restoration receipts and only 1,079 miles on the build, you can rest assured that the price tag is dead-on.
With 3,366 Rally Red Sting Rays made in 1966, it's always been a popular color choice, so when it came time to restore this beauty in 2010 (it was finished in 2012), the builders didn't mess with the original script. The vivid red shade has been a favorite color of fans and enthusiasts alike, and looking at this stunning 'Vette, is there any question why? Embodying the finest of the Corvette spirit, it's both sporty and elegant, allowing it to blend in anywhere, from the track to a high-end restaurant in a swanky part of town. Of course, the high-end bodywork certainly helps, with laser-straight fiberglass that's likely better than it was when it was new, thanks to the excellent paint and bodywork completed by multiple Shades of the Past winner Richard Bishop. After the car was taken down to the bare glass and disassembled, it was coated with layer after layer of modern paint and then reassembled using bolts/hardware from Paragon Corvette. Corvette fans will look for the usual flaws, such as cracks around the headlight doors. All the work was done to a very high standard and certainly lives up to the expectations of a classic six-figure car. There are a few very minor scratches, plus maybe a light surface scratch or two acquired from car washes, but we'd bet a simple buff-and-wax would remedy those minor imperfections straight away. Features like the upgraded big block 'Stinger' hood, front fender 'gills,' bright side pipes, and oversized racing gas cap are all part of the mid-year package, and for my money, the sexy C2 convertible is the best-looking Corvette ever made. The cowl/scoop on the aftermarket 'Stinger' hood was painted black to add a sense of drama. However, the small section on the front nose is a removable decal, just in case the next buyer would prefer to go back with the more conventional, original 'Stinger' hood. The chrome is beautiful, shiny, and clear, providing just the right bling against the red palette. The correct badging found throughout the car (especially the '427' emblems) ensures no one will ever mistake this StingRay for a pretender.
Thanks to a full restoration completed by Rick's Upholstery, the new/restored gear inside is equally extensive, and the cabin is in fantastic shape – starting with the red seat covers that replace the original materials exactly. Firm yet supple foam underneath makes them as comfortable as they look, and with only gentle use since the work was completed, they still have that 'showroom-fresh' look. Of course, they didn't stop with just seat covers. This droptop also features gorgeous matching door panels and hardware, an imperfection-free dash pad, and plush carpets with factory-correct pile and weave and new padding and insulation underneath. All the knobs and handles look to have been restored or replaced with NOS pieces, and the original vertical stereo was replaced with a retro-sound AM/FM/AUX unit that fits like a glove. No component was overlooked in the cabin, and everything looks factory-fresh, including the teak steering wheel and the full array of factory gauges (featuring a tachometer with a towering 6500 RPM redline) with all their crisp, clear markings. The chrome shifter that manages the 4-speed gearbox feels incredible in the hands of drivers from all experience levels, and it's nestled inside a super-clean center console that splits the bucket seats.
There's something magical about a 427 V8 in a Corvette – it's what legends are all about. This motor is the numbers-matching L72 425 HP Turbojet block, which was the nastiest powerplant in the streets in the mid-60s. Despite that big horsepower and towering torque curve, it's a remarkably docile beast when you're tooling around town but snarls and roars through the factory side pipes when you've got the hammer down. The engine was completely disassembled, balanced, and restored by Billy Rikker in CHA, with so few miles logged since it's running like a champ. The engine bay is dressed correctly, with Chevy Orange on the block and valve covers, a chrome air cleaner, correct blue stripe cooling hoses, and the all-important '427' decal on the air cleaner. The close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, spinning the swapped-in 3.55-geared positraction rear end from Van Steel out of FL. It's remarkable how much room those cackling side pipes free up underneath. Still, it gives you a great view of the beautifully restored floors and F-40 suspension, proving that this is a Corvette with nothing to hide following its comprehensive restoration. Power 4-wheel disc brakes are a great idea in a car with this much horsepower, and power steering was recently added to improve the driving experience. At the same time, the reproduction knock-offs look great with 205/75/15 thin whitewall radials that take you back to '66 all over again.
If you've been dreaming of a no-excuses C2 Corvette, this one is the perfect combination of driver and pedigree, so you can enjoy it without worrying about driving the value out of it. Call today!