427 Equipped: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

One of the biggest hurdles facing enthusiasts who are searching for a 1966 Corvette Sting Ray equipped with a 427ci V8, is finding a decent example for less than $80,000. If you are one of those people, then this car might be just what you are looking for. Not only does it present beautifully, but there is a very healthy big-block lurking under the hood. After more than 17-years in his care, the owner has now decided to part with this stunning classic. It is located in Quincy, Florida, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has reached $51,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met. For those of you who can’t stand the rigors of an auction, there is a BIN option. This has been set at $62,500.

Under the current owner’s stewardship, the Corvette has been treated to some fairly extensive restoration work. The Nassau Blue paint has a consistent and shiny finish, and while the owner does admit to there being a few minor chips around the wheel wells, there is nothing that shows in the supplied photos. The fiberglass is free from any form of cracking, while the panel gaps are nice and tight. The trim, chrome, and the glass all appear to be close to faultless. Adding to the distinctive appearance is the beautiful set of original cast aluminum knock-off wheels. Once again, these appear to be in excellent order.

If there is one piece of bad news with the Sting Ray, it is the fact that it is not a numbers-matching car. It isn’t clear when or where the original 427ci V8 went, but it has been replaced with an identical engine of 1967 vintage. However, it does wear all of the correct ancillary components. This brute of an engine produces 390hp, which would be enough to propel the Corvette through the ¼ mile in 13.8 seconds. Bolted to the back of the big-block is a 4-speed manual transmission. The presentation of the engine bay wants for nothing, but this isn’t a car that is all about looks. It is said to not only run and drive perfectly but an extensive collection of documentation covering the past 17-years of ownership, including complete service records, is included in the sale. For those of you who might fancy their Corvette with a bit more attitude, the owner has a full side exhaust setup available for an additional $500. This includes the solid rear fascia in the correct color and would make the 427 sound extremely tough. If that isn’t your cup of tea, then it wouldn’t be the end of the world. The Corvette has only logged 500 miles since the current exhaust was fitted.

If I were going to find anything to be critical of with the Sting Ray, it would be the stretching and wrinkles on the seats. This detracts from an interior that is otherwise close to perfect. The carpet looks very nice, while there are no obvious faults with the door trims or the dash. The genuine Teakwood wheel adds a touch of luxury, while the Corvette also comes equipped with an AM/FM radio. It is evident that the carpet has been replaced during the restoration work, as have the door trims. The original door trims are included in the sale, but since there have been some parts replaced, the next owner might consider replacing the seat covers to return the interior to a pristine state. New covers can be found for around $475 a pair. If the foam is looking a bit sad, then another $230 will secure new foam as well.

This 1966 Corvette Sting Ray is ready to be driven and enjoyed immediately. It might not be completely original, but it is a classic that is still guaranteed to attract plenty of admiring glances and comments. I would be very tempted to replace the seat covers, but I would probably decline the owner’s kind offer of the side exhaust. I know that the 427 would sound glorious breathing through that system, but why fix something that isn’t broken? When you look at the vehicle’s overall condition, it is pretty easy to see why there have already been 47 bids submitted up to this point. Will one of our readers be the person who submits the 48th?

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  1. Classic Steel

    Nice Ray!

    It needs side pipes but for a hot rod great. I think were a lil high for a nom car but to each his own.

    I would just go the extra distance for a real one myself 👀

    1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F143638509513

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  2. gerald felsing

    I belive in 1966 a 427 had 425 hp.

    • gbvette62

      In 66, both 390 and 425 horse versions of the 427 were offered. In my opinion, the 390 was probably the nicest all around big block offered by Chevrolet. Hydraulic lifters instead on solids, and yet it still produces tones of torque, for fun, spirited driving.

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  3. HankDKrank

    Looks like a Jordan Taylor kinda corvette.

  4. Perry Yasher

    NOM and replacement trim tag? But a real BB car? However if it is as nice as it looks 55 – 60 K is ballpark

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  5. JoeNYWF64

    Is the 427 not a high performance motor with forged rods, etc.?
    Then why in the world would the yellow & red lines on the tach
    start at LOWER rpms than on a ’73-5 firebird “station wagon” 400 with cast rods?!

    • gbvette62

      The 66 390 had a 5500 rpm redline, but for 67, Chevrolet bumped the 390 redine up to 6000. The 390 had cast pistons, two bolt mains and hydraulic lifters, while the 425 had forged pistons, 4 bolt mains and solid lifters.

      The 66 425, and 67’s 427/435, both had a 6500 redline.

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  6. Chas358 Chas358 Member

    Nice car, it’s worth what someone will pay for it.

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  7. TimM

    This is a great ride!! Can’t get much better than this!! It’s nice to see one that isn’t red!! He’s been a great caretaker of this car!!!!

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  8. dogwater

    Very nice corvette I hope the new owner will drive it and have fun.

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  9. John Oliveri

    Can’t wrong a pretty rite car, if u can live w non #s match

  10. Coyote15

    Why the 350 sticker on the air cleaner lid?

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