29k Mile Original Survivor: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette is an unrestored survivor that has been parked since the late 1970s. The owner has revived this classic and has returned it to a roadworthy state. He has decided that the time has come for it to head to a new home so that someone else can add to the reading of 29,000 miles that currently shows on the odometer. Located in Prosper, Texas, you will find the Corvette listed for sale here on eBay. Solid bidding action has pushed the price to $44,444, although the reserve hasn’t been met.

The owner refers to this Corvette’s color combination as rare, and indeed, only 2,311 cars rolled off the production line in that year wearing Mosport Green paint. Although it did receive some paint correction as part of the revival process, the Corvette has never undergone any paint work. It presents well, with no significant flaws or problems. The fiberglass shows no cracks or issues, while the single photo that the owner supplies of the underside reveal a frame that wears little more than the occasional dusting of surface corrosion. If the vehicle is considered purely a driver-quality survivor, the chrome and trim look to be very acceptable, while the Soft Ray tinted glass is free from scratches and chips.

If a buyer walked into their Chevrolet dealership in 1966 to order a Corvette in Mosport Green, they had the choice of an interior trimmed in Black or Green. This Corvette features the latter, and it is this trim and the exterior color that leads to the claims of relative rarity. I haven’t been able to confirm exact figures on this, but we know that the number will be less than 2,311. That represents around 8.3% of total Corvette production for that model year. This interior not only presents well but is also claimed to be completely original and unrestored. There is no appreciable wear on the seats or wheel, while the carpet is in excellent condition for its age. The remaining upholstered surfaces present nicely, as do the dash and console. There have been no aftermarket additions, and everything works as it should with two exceptions. The original owner ordered the Corvette with an AM/FM radio, and neither it nor the antenna function.

The original owner ordered this classic with a pretty desirable drivetrain combination. It included the L79 version of the mighty 327ci V8, a 4-speed M21 manual transmission, and a Posi rear end. With the L79 producing 350hp, the Corvette would be a lively performer. The journey down the ¼ mile should take 14.3 seconds, while the ‘Vette would eventually wind its way to 137mph. This is a numbers-matching classic, and it has been recently revived after sitting in storage since the 1970s. The owner has fitted a new carburetor as part of the process, but the original component is included in the deal. He also installed new tires and a new battery, and he is so confident of the Corvette’s overall health that he says that the buyer can expect to fly in and drive this classic home. Included is all of this car’s original paperwork, including the Owner’s Manual, Protect-O-Plate, and Window Sticker. The odometer reads 29,000 miles, and the owner claims that this is genuine. He doesn’t indicate whether he holds evidence to verify this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does.

When you look at this 1966 Corvette and consider what it offers, it’s easy to see why there have already been 24 bids submitted. There is still plenty of time left on this auction, which means that the bidding will almost certainly go significantly higher. I believe that it will probably sail past $50,000, and if there are enough people who want to own it badly enough, it could potentially nudge $60,000. One thing is sure: provided the reserve is met, someone will soon own a great survivor that is sure to appreciate in the coming years.

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Comments

  1. DRV

    L79, mossport green, original correct everything, and a coupe makes it to the top of my Corvette list. I would think this is a 70k car most any day .

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  2. TIMOTHY FAIRCHILD

    jUST A PURE CLASSIC, i KNOW WELL CAUSE i HAVE THE EXACT CAR, RESTORED.

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    • Jon Hilker

      Timothy,
      I have to wonder, does yours have a telescoping steering wheel?
      I had a 66 with the paint code that same Mossport green and black interior. but when i purchased it someone had painted it silver. I painted it a 61 corvette rally red. Then sold it to a friend of mine. He moved to Missouri and sold it to a guy who restored it back to that Mossport green color. So Im wondering if perchance your that guy.

  3. Patrick Curran

    I have a 66 coupe in Mosport Green with a black vinyl interior. I really like the green interior of this one and wish mine had the same.

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    • Jon Hilker

      Patrick,

      Like I asked Timothy Fairchild Does your vette have a Telescoping steering wheel. And was it painted red when you purchased it or was it always Mossport Green?

  4. Greg B

    Not to complain but the add leaves more questions then answers. I just find it odd that sellers do not take the extra time to take more detailed pictures. Although he has some, but it would be beneficial to see if all of the glass is original, see numbers on drive train and components, tag plates, perhaps a close up of that oil sticker noted at the drivers side inner door area with mileage if there, and any paperwork that would help support 29k miles, and not 129k miles. Better pictures of the paint, bumpers, and interior dash, all would help. I mean at the end of the day if someone spends 60k+ one would hope to have more information. Maybe it is me but that is how I would do it if I was selling a car. This way it will help from having any doubt as to what it is and is not. The seats look too new to be 55 years old IMO, but I could be wrong.

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    • Anthony D

      I agree with Greg B. But apparently the bidders so far are just fine with the lack of documentation.

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    • Bill Maloney

      If you read the entire ad you would know it says it has some paint corrections but has never undergone any paint work.

  5. Gary L Bey

    I had a 66 i dont think they are 66 seats ???????

    • Jon Hilker

      They look like the same seats that where in my 66 when I had it
      Other then mine where black

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