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1966 Chevrolet Corvette
Replacing the 396 engine, the "427" packed a punch.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1966 Corvette featured a new egg-crate grille and functional engine compartment cooling vents. Chevrolet’s new "427" replaced the 396 as Corvettes top power-plant option. The new 427 packed pure power, and was first offered with two options for these big blocks. The RPO L36 was priced at $181and rated at 390 hp and the RPO L72, with a price tag of $312 was rated at 425 hp.

The 427/425 hp Corvette convertible could hit 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, and ran the quarter mile in 14 seconds. "427 Turbo Jet" crossed racing flag emblems appeared above the cooling vents. Three four speed gearboxes -- wide ratio, close-ratio, and heavy-duty close ratio were optional. Side-mounted exhaust pipes were optional. A total of 5,116 L36s and 5,258 L72s were built, resulting in 38% of the 1966 Corvettes optioned with 427 power-plants.

 

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Corvette
94 37 2 Dr Fastback Coupe $4,295 2,985 lbs 9,958
94 67 2 Dr Convertible $4,084 3,005 lbs 17,762

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Lenght Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Corvette 98 in 175.2 in 69.6 in 57.6 in 58.3 in 7.75 x 15

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
 
First Symbol - Manufacturer
1 = Chevrolet
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Corvair 500 six-cylinder 33 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino six-cylinder
05 = Corvair Monza six-cylinder 34 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino V-8
07 = Corvair Corsa six-cylinder 35 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino six-cylinder
11 = Chevy II 100 four-cylinder 36 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino V-8
R12 = Corvir Forward Control six-cylinder 37 = Chevelle Concours six-cylinder
13 = Chevy II 100 six-cylinder 38 = Chevelle Concours/Super Sport V-8
14 = Chevy II 100 V-8 53 = Biscayne six-cylinder
15 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport six-cylinder 54 = Biscayne V-8
16 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport V-8 55 = Bel Air six cylinder
17 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 56 = Bel Air V-8
18 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 63 = Impala six-cylinder
23 = Camaro six-cylinder 64 = Impala V-8
24 = Camaro V-8 66 = Caprice
25 = Deluxe Camaro six-cylinder 67 = Impala Super Sport six-cylinder
26 = Deluxe Camaro V-8 68 = Impala Super Sport V-8
31 = Chevelle 300 six-cylinder 94 = Corvette
32 = Chevelle 300 V-8  
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = two-door sedan 39 = four-door hardtop or sport sedan
15 = two-door station wagon 6p 45 = four-door station wagon 9p
17 = two-door hardtop 47 = two-door hardtop
27 = two-door sedan 67 = convertible
35 = four-door station wagon 6p 69 = four-door sedan
37 = two-door hardtop or sport coupe 87 = two-door hardtop
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
6 = 1966
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (R) Arlington, Texas
(C) Southgate, California (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Doraville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(F) Flint, Michigan (U) Lordstown, Ohio
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (W) Willow Run, Michigan
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (Y) Wilmington, Delaware
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (Z) Fremont, California
(L) Los Angeles, California (1) Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
(N) Norwood, Ohio (2) St. Therese, Quebec, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Options

Code Description Price
898 Genuine Leather Seats $79.00
A01 Soft-Ray Tinted Windows (all glass) $15.80
A02 Soft-Ray Tinted Windshield $10.55
A31 Power Windows $59.20
A82 Headrests $42.15
A85 Shoulder Belts $26.35
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop $231.75
C48 Heater & Defroster Deletion (credit) $97.85
C60 Air Conditioning $412.90
F41 Special Front & Rear Suspension $36.90
G80 Positraction Rear Axle $42.15
J50 Power Brakes $43.05
J56 Special Heavy-Duty Brakes 342.30
K19 Air Injection Reactor $45.00
K66 Transistor Ignition System $75.35
L36 427-cid/390-hp V8 $181.20
L72 427-cid/425-hp V8 $312.85
L79 327-cid/350-hp V8 $105.35
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission $184.30
M21 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Transmission $184.30
M22 Heavy-Duty 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Transmission $236.95
M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $194.85
N03 36-Gallon Fuel Tank $198.05
N11 Off Road Exhaust System $36.90
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System $131.65
N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel $48.45
N36 Telescopic Steering Column $42.15
N40 Power Steering $94.80
P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels $322.80
P92 7.75 x 15 Rayon White Sidewall Tires $31.30
T01 7.75 x 15 Nylon Gold Sidewall Tires $46.55
U69 AM-FM Radio $199.10
Z01 Comfort & Convenience Group $16.15
V74 Traffic Hazard Light Switch $11.60

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
HD 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HE 8-327 * 300 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HH 8-327 * 300 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HO 8-327 * 300 360 Powerglide 4 BC
HP 8-327 * 300 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HR 8-327 * 300 360 Powerglide 4 BC
HT 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IK 8-427 # 425 460 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IL 8-427 390 460 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IM 8-427 390 460 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IP 8-427 # 425 460 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
KH 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC

+ High Lift Camshaft
*
High Performance

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed Manual On the top right flat of the case assembly
Turbo Hydra-Matic Right hand vertical suface of transmission case
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan, immediately behind right hand machining lug with the bottom of the sticker parallel to mold flash, stamped on right side of transmission oil pan
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
N Muncie 4-Speed
W Warner Gear 3 and 4-Speed
P Muncie 4-Speed
R Saginaw 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
M Muncie 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
T Toledo Powerglide
CA Hydra-Matic 3-Speed, Automatic Turbo Hydra-Matic
D Saginaw Overdrive
K McKinnon 3-Speed
E McKinnon Powerglide
O Saginaw Overdrive
X Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
B Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
Y Toledo Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
A Cleveland 2-Speed, Manual Powerglide

*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions (exc. Warner Gear) will carry a production code number such as: C1116N (C = Cleveland Powerglide, 11 = November, 16 = 16th, N = Night Shift). The Warner Gear transmissions will carry a production code number such as: WG1031 (W = Warner Gear 4-Spd., G = July, 10 = 10th, 7 = 1967, 1 = First Shift).

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

900 - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - 88
Dulux® Code - 93-005

980 - Trophy Blue
Lucite® Code - 4712L
Dulux® Code - 181-97846

972 - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

982 - Mosport Green
Lucite® Code - 4713L
Dulux® Code - 181-97847
974 - Rally Red
Lucite® Code - 4688LH
Dulux® Code - 93-97541H
984 - Sunfire Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4711L
Dulux® Code - 93-97845H
976 - Nassau Blue
Lucite® Code - 4690L
Dulux® Code - 181-97344
986 - Silver Pearl
Lucite® Code - 4621L
Dulux® Code - 181-97210
978 - Laguna Blue
Lucite® Code - 4710L
Dulux® Code - 181-97844
988 - Milano Maroon
Lucite® Code - 4689LM
Dulux® Code - 181-97343M
NOTES:The first letter of a two-letter paint code identifies the body color. The second letter identifies the roof color. (For example, the combination VC on a Chevrolet would indicate the body finished in Cameo Beige and the roof area in Ermine White.) General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left rear wheel housing. Corvette paint code plate is under the dash, below the glove compartment.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Medium Dark Saddle
Lucite® Code - 9190LH (flat)

Red
Lucite® Code - 9188LH (flat)

Dark Green
Lucite® Code - 9187LH (flat)

Maroon
Lucite® Code - 9186LM (flat)

Dark Bright Blue
Lucite® Code - 9282LH (flat)

Black
Lucite® Code - 4466L (flat)

Dark Teal Blue
Lucite® Code - 9283LH (flat)

   

NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use DuPont #4528 flattening compound to reduce gloss.

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Gray Black 389-259

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
AL, AT 3.08 10 Bolt
AK AM, AU 3.36 10 Bolt
  AN, AZ 3.55 12 Bolt
AS AO, FA 3.70 12 Bolt
  AP, FB 4.11 12 Bolt
  FC 4.56 12 Bolt

 

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