BaT Auction: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is finished in Milano Maroon over a black interior and is equipped with a numbers-matching 327ci V8 paired with a four-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear end. The car was sold new by Boose Chevrolet of Brookville, Ohio, and it underwent a refurbishment with a previous owner. Equipment includes side exhaust pipes, turbine-style wheels, and a Delco AM/FM radio. The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) awarded the car Top Flight recognition at a chapter event in Maryland in March 2009, and the car was acquired by the selling dealer in 2019. This C2 is now offered with a removable hardtop and storage stand, a copy of the window sticker, the 1966 purchase invoice, its Protect-O-Plate, the NCRS certificate, refurbishment photos, and a clean North Carolina title.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

The body was refinished in its factory shade of Milano Maroon (988) under prior ownership according to the selling dealer. The white convertible top is shown fitted above, and a body-color hardtop is included in the sale and pictured in the gallery below, which also includes close-up photos of the paintwork, N11 side exhausts, badging, taillights, glass, and other trim.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

Turbine-style wheels feature three-eared knock-off spinners and wear Coker Classic goldline tires.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

The interior features black seat upholstery (STD) and a matching dashboard, console, and carpeting. Accessories include a transistorized ignition and a Delco AM/FM radio.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

Instrumentation consists of a tachometer, a 160-mph speedometer, supplementary gauges, and a five-digit odometer that shows approximately 13k miles. Actual mileage is unknown.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

The rebuilt 327ci “Turbofire” V8 is topped with a four-barrel carburetor and was rated at 350 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque when new. Power is sent rearward through a Muncie M21 close-ratio four-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear end equipped with 3.70:1 gearing.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

Engine-block stamping 109545 matches the last six digits of the chassis identification plate, which is shown in the gallery. Engine suffix HT indicates an L79 engine with a factory rating of 350 horsepower.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

Additional underside images presented in the gallery show the Positraction rear end, steering linkage, front suspension, exhaust, and frame.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

The trim tag located below the glovebox door provides the following production details:

  • D27 – Produced on December 27, 1965
  • Style 66 467 – 1966 Corvette convertible
  • Trim STD – Black vinyl upholstery
  • Body S3001 – Saint Louis assembly number
  • Paint 988AA – Milano Maroon exterior finish

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

The sales invoice from Boose Chevrolet shows a total cash price of $4,540 in January 1966, as well as the factory-delivered options. The window sticker, factory-issued Protect-O-Plate, and NCRS Top Flight certificate are pictured in the gallery below.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L79 327/350 4-Speed

Additional photos provided in the gallery document the refurbishment process. A narrated overview and driving demonstration is presented in the video below.

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