LMC proudly offers for sale this 1966 Sting Ray Coupe
Corvette put America back on the sports car map and Corvette owners in a class by themselves. The Chevrolet Corvette, C2 for 2nd Generation and also known as the Corvette Sting Ray, is the American sports car legend produced for the 1963 to 1967 model years. The radical exterior styling of this Corvette generation was very purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose and a short bobbed tail that Chevrolet designers bragged about as ‘looks most stylists would be too timid to even suggest’. Quad headlamps were hidden - mounted in rotating sections that matched the sharp-edged front end with the "eyes" closed. Coupe doors were cut into the roof, which made entry/exit easier in such a low-slung closed car. For 1966 Chevrolet made only evolutionary changes such as the frontal appearance was mildly altered with an egg-crate grille insert to replace the previous horizontal bars, Coupe lost its roof-mounted extractor vents which had proven inefficient, back up lights were now standard, knock-off wheels were still available, headrests were now optional and the interior door pulls are bright metal. Corvettes also received an emblem in the corner of the hood for 1966. The "Big Block" Models debuted that year and came with a special bubble hood to accommodate the stronger horsepower engines and distinguished the cars from the 327’s. Corvette owners who selected the new $312.85 L72 427 Turbo Jet engine option were confused by a factory recall in late ‘65 for an "engine modification". The application of a new air filter sticker that read "Turbo Jet 425 HP." - in place of the "Turbo Jet 450 HP" helped GM's anti-racing faction concerned the 450 horsepower in a 3,300 pound car was way over the top and it worked to calm the insurance industry. On a dyno, it would still produce the same 450 horses at 6400 RPM however with the new reading at 5600 the engine produced only 425 horsepower. The car's popularity grew with another record-busting year of 27,720 units however with only 9,958 Coupes it was the rare model once again.
This 1966 Silver Pearl Corvette Coupe definitely will provide the next owner with the range of excitement as the Chevrolet advertisement proudly stated, ‘It’s an experience: to look at, to sit in, to drive’! This 1966 Sting Ray was built at the St. Louis plant with a production date of May 19, 1966 and retailed at $4,295. The Silver Pearl with Silver interior, as per the trim tag, is a somewhat rare combination for these Sting Rays’. The Silver Pearl paint is in good condition . This Corvette has the factory fit of the day and all the chrome shines bright. Under the hood is an L72 427/425 HP with the CE stamped showing it was a warranty replacement back in the day. Inside, the Silver Bucket Seat interior is in very good condition and provides the driver a wonderful cockpit with a full array of gauges along with the convenience of an AM/FM Radio. The undercarriage is clean, black and representative of a really good driving Corvette. The distinctive stance of the Sting Ray is unmistakable as it sits on the optional factory cast aluminum Knock-off Wheels mounted on White-Wall Firestone’s. Adding to the stunning exterior look of this Corvette is the very desirable Side-Mounted Exhaust System providing the bold, unique look of the classic Corvette while delivering the impressive roar of the Big Block Horses. This ’66 Sting Ray is turnkey ready to attack any style of road. A really great Corvette that is meant to be driven and is certainly ready to provide many years of thrills and enjoyment.
As one Corvette advertisement was titled ‘The Escape Mechanism’… for sure this 1966 Silver Pearl Sting Ray Coupe with the Big Block 427/425HP can take you from your everyday world – in a hurry!