Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Blue chip classic car investments don't get much better than bonafide, pedigreed mid-year Corvettes with matching numbers and a host of provenance. This impeccably nut-and-bolt restored 1966 Chevrolet Corvette L72 427 coupe features a veritable dream team of highlights, including a numbers matching 427 L72 V8 mated to a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission, factory power 4-wheel disc brakes, an F-40 suspension, factory side pipes, and a slick Laguna Blue livery. And with an NCRS 'Top Flight' award on its resume, you can rest assure that the price tag is dead-on - mid-year Corvette's simply don't get much better than this.
With just a little over 2,000 Laguna Blue Sting Rays made in 1966, presenting one in this handsome dark blue leisure suit is quite a rare treat indeed. Despite those rather conservative production numbers, the dynamic shade has been a favorite color of many enthusiasts and looking at this stunning 'Vette, is there really any question why? Embodying the finest of the Corvette spirit, it's both sporty and elegant, giving the Corvette the ability 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, as evidenced by the NCRS 'Top Flight' certificate this coupe was awarded with in late-2007. Corvette fans will be looking for the usual flaws, such as cracks around the headlight doors, a hood that sits too high or too low, and rounded-off edges on the perimeter body line, but the work was all expertly done and lives up to expectations. Sure, it's been driven, shown, and enjoyed since it was comprehensively restored several years back, so upon closer examination a discerning observer will find a few signs of gentle use, but the presentation is still firmly in the top driver-quality arena and the curb appeal is simply off the charts. Features like the big block 'Stinger' hood and its accompanying NOS vents, front fender 'gills', bright side pipes, and fish-bowl style wraparound rear window (NOS) are all part of the mid-year package, and for my money the sexy C2 coupe is the best-looking Corvette ever made. The chrome is all beautiful, shiny, and clear, providing just the right amount of bling for the otherwise dark color palette, and the correct badging found throughout the car (especially the '427' fender emblems) ensures no one will ever mistake this Sting Ray for a pretender.
The list of newer and restored gear inside is equally extensive, and the cabin is in fantastic shape starting with the Bright Blue seat covers, which 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 have that perfect 'showroom-fresh' look that makes fully restored 'Vettes so appealing. Of course, they didn't stop with just seat covers, as this coupe 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 even the original vertical Delco AM/FM and telescoping wheel were completely restored. No component was overlooked in the cabin and everything looks factory-fresh, including the teak steering wheel and the full array 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 manual transmission 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. Simply put, this cabin is better than new.
There's definitely something magical about a 427 V8 in a Corvette - it's what legends are all about. This particular motor is in fact the numbers-matching L72 425 HP Turbojet block, which was the nastiest powerplant on 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 drivetrain was completely rebuilt, and the builders expertly went through every single component as well, correctly rebuilding the vast majority of the original parts rather than replacing them with NOS components. The engine bay is dressed properly, with Chevy Orange on the block and restored original valve covers, a chrome air cleaner, and correct blue stripe cooling hoses, plus the all-important '427' decal on the air cleaner. The close-ratio 4-speed manuals transmission was completely rebuilt as well and shifts very smoothly, spinning the also rebuilt posi-traction rear differential. It's remarkable how much roo
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