• Superb “Triple-Crown” judging history; Bloomington Gold award, NCRS Top Flight award, Chevy Vette Fest Gold Spinner award
• Unique factory triple black with factory hardtop
• Full numbers matching L-72 drivetrain
• Original Kelsey Hayes knock-offs with gold stripe tires
• Affectionately known as 'The Black Rat'
427 cid OHV V-8 engine, 425 HP, four-speed M-21 Muncie close-ratio manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with J-56 heavy-duty four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 98"
Larry Shinoda’s design team presented a classic image that has endured for over 50 years with the 1963 to 1967 Corvette. To the casual observer, these cars look pretty much the same. However, to a trained observer, each year has something that sets it apart, such as grille texture, side vents or hood treatment. For 1966, there were several visual clues; on coupes, the simulated B-pillar vents were deleted, a square mesh style grille was installed up front, and a vertically elongated Corvette script was placed on the front left corner of the hood, all relatively minor changes. But there was big news from Corvette that year with the introduction of the mighty L-72 big-block “427” into the engine bay of the Sting Ray. Derived from the 1963 era "Mystery Motor," the Mark IV big-block program’s initial debut as a production option had been as the L-78 396 cubic-inch V-8, often referred to as a "Rat Motor." There were versions of this engine available in the mid-size Chevelle Super Sport with 325 or 360 horsepower but, for the Corvette, all the stops were pulled out and the L-72, 425 horsepower version was released for 1966. With a base price for the engine of just under $313, a total of 5,258 customers checked the right box and received the ride of their life. Of course, just checking off the box for the L-72 wasn’t the entire package. Some of the items required included the hi-riser hood, the K-66 transistorized ignition system, and a 6500 rpm red-line tachometer. On top of the aluminum intake manifold was a Holley 780-cfm carburetor, as well as a long list of performance improvements.
“Rare” is probably the most over-used word in the world of collector cars. However, that word really does apply to this beautifully restored Corvette. Being one of just 1,190 Tuxedo Black Corvettes produced in 1966 makes it rare. Add to that black vinyl seats accompanied by the optional C-07 removable hardtop also in black, and you have a factory triple-black car. (It does have a folding top too, nicely in contrasting white). Now for the most important part of this package, the original numbers matching big-block L-72 427 V-8. Of course, we could tell you this Sting Ray roadster is an outstanding example, but there are others who have already determined this fact such as when it was presented with the Chevy/Vettefest Gold Spinner award. Then there is the certification it received as a Bloomington Gold winner. Finally, it was judged and presented with one of the NCRS’s highest honors, the Top Flight award. All three of these certifications combine to make this car a noteworthy Triple Crown recipient; it just doesn’t get better than that. In addition to the L-72 package, this example is also equipped with 1966 vintage knock-off wheels featuring the proper satin finished center hub with dark gray finish between the fins, as well as the side mount exhaust system. The Positraction rear end is fitted with 3.55:1 gears and it has what are described as “SS” brakes. Add to that little things like the original jack and related tools, proper AM-FM radio with shielding, and even “T3” headlights, and you will soon understand this is not just a Corvette, but it is an investment quality car all around. In addition to Corvette specific judging, it has also received a number of awards from other organizations such as the ISCA, plus numerous local events. The only thing missing from this car’s heritage is the name of the astute collector and next proud owner on the title.
1966 Chevrolet L-72 427 Roadster