Fitted with side exhaust, power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning
Accompanied by removable hardtop
The Chevrolet Corvette’s fuel-injected small-block V-8 option may have been discontinued after the 1965 model year, but Chevrolet had something else to offer prospective Sting Ray owners seeking high-output thrills: Displacement, in the form of the 427 cubic-inch big-block V-8. When this new engine rolled out in 1966, you could get this powerplant in a full-size Chevrolet —and, of course, the Corvette Sting Ray. Offered in two outputs, 425 horsepower and 390 horsepower, the 427 Turbo-Jet V-8 engine served up more than enough power and torque to motivate the relatively small and lightweight sports car.
The 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible offered here is one such 427-equipped example, in this case specified with the 390-horsepower variant. It is clad in the rare and desirable, one-year-only color of Mosport Green over Green vinyl—one of just 2,311 Corvettes produced in this color for 1966. A complimentary suite of desirable options and notable components further enhance the prospect of this stunning, high-performance Sting Ray.
Engine stampings indicated that this handsome Corvette Sting Ray’s powerplant is a Tonawanda-built unit bearing the casting date of April 20; it is surmounted by a single correct Holley four-barrel carburetor. The standard M20 Muncie four-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels through a 3:36 Positraction rear axle. Additionally, this car is desirably equipped with side exhausts and aluminium alloy knock-off wheels wrapped in Firestone Goldline tires, a suitably sporty combination; the signature bulge of its big-block hood, meanwhile, telegraphs this car’s potent powerplant to onlookers even before the gleaming “427” badges come into view.
This Corvette has benefitted from a respray in its original Mosport Green exterior, while its dark green vinyl interior is believed to be original. It features air conditioning, a teak “sports” steering wheel, heater/defroster, hazard lamps, Soft Ray tinted glass, and an aftermarket AM/FM radio unit with power antenna. The vinyl convertible top is said to function without issue, and is accompanied by a correct, color-matched auxiliary hardtop. Power steering and brakes round out the amenable driving experience offered by this convertible.
Acquired by the consignor in 2004, this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray is accompanied by a collection of handwritten service records detailing work completed during his custodianship. Offered in this rarely seen color combination and equipped with a suite of comfort- and drivability-enhancing options—this 1966 Corvette Sting Ray 427/390 convertible presents a rare and alluring opportunity not to be missed. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0620.