In todays episode of "cars Id trade my mother to own" is this 1966 Corvette roadster. With a matching-numbers 427 under the hood, a Rally Red paint job, and a track record of reliability, this is the Corvette youve always dreamed of owning, and its surprisingly affordable.
The engine is the real draw here, but lets take a step back and examine that gorgeous roadster body first. The body tag says it was originally Rally Red, so thats what went on when the car was restored a few years ago. A lot of Corvette guys look for authentic "defects" in a finish to gauge a car, but let me tell you that "imperfect perfection" is overrated. When you dream of your ideal Corvette, do you dream of visible bonding strips, wavy fiberglass, and cut-out marks that look like they were done with a hatchet? Or do you picture your car looking like this one, with a glossy finish, arrow-straight bodywork, and two-stage paint thats surely better than the original stuff? Theres also a big block hood and side pipes to make a statement, plus beautifully restored brightwork, including bumpers shiny and clear enough to use as mirrors. Its no trailer queen, either, so you wont have to think twice about getting behind the wheel, firing up that big block, and going out with one of the most eyeball-grabbing cars ever built. Perfection? Who needs it?
This Corvette was built to drive but you wouldnt know it has been driven by looking inside. The black buckets show very minor signs of use, but its still quite fresh overall. The body tag says "STD" which means "standard black vinyl" but the dressy low-back buckets deserve a better name, because they look great. New carpets and door panels add to the factory look and theres a big chrome knob on the shifter in the middle, connected to a 4-speed gearbox underneath. Factory gauges are in decent shape, although the speedos a little cloudy for some reason, but they all work and the 6500 RPM tachometer is correct for the L72 engine. The original AM radio, which uses that cool vertical orientation that makes replacement radios virtually impossible to find, is fully functional, so theres one less thing to worry about. And overhead theres a black convertible top that fits well and makes this a car you can drive any time with confidence.
For horsepower in a Corvette, no other engine matches the 427s combination of brute power and a willingness to rev. The L72 engine is the cars original, numbers-matching piece which was rebuilt to stock specifications a few years ago. The only notable modification is a Holley 4-barrel under the chrome air cleaner so it really cackles and barks like youd hope it would and throttle response is instantaneous. A few chrome items brighten up the engine bay, and with Chevy Orange paint on the block, it still looks right and uses all the right components for an accurate look. Factory manifolds feed those brilliant-sounding side pipes and with disc brakes all around, stopping power is impressive. The brakes were rebuilt about 7000 miles ago and all the bearings were replaced at the same time, so it works like it should on the road. Handsome steel wheels with spinner hubcaps wear 215/75/15 whitewall radials complete the look on what is already a great-looking Vette.
Reliable and gorgeous, this Corvette is a proven performer without altering the basic goodness of the original recipe. If youve been looking for the ultimate road-going Corvette, few can compare to this. Call today!