Big Block 4-Speed: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

This 1966 Corvette Sting Ray has been listed by a selling agent on behalf of the car’s elderly owner. The car has been off the road and in climate-controlled storage for more than 10 years. The owner and his family have decided that completing a restoration of the car is not viable for them, so the car is now on the market. It is located in Conroe, Texas, and is listed for sale here on eBay.

At some point in the past, it appears that the owner has partially dismantled the car for restoration, but the project stalled. While it has been sitting for at least 10 years, the car has survived relatively well. The body looks pretty good, and while the paint has a few minor issues, it generally looks quite promising. There are no photos of the underside of the car, nor any mention of its condition, so we are a bit in the dark about any potential rust issues.

This photo of the interior looks a bit worrying, with a significant number of components missing. However, other photos in the ad seem to indicate most of these components appear to be present, with the exception of the steering wheel. The interior trim itself looks quite good, and I think that a decent clean might turn up some surprising results. One encouraging aspect is that it doesn’t appear as though anyone has hacked into the interior to fit any aftermarket equipment.

Under the hood at present is nothing. Apparently, the 427ci V8 was removed, has undergone a rebuild, but hasn’t been reinstalled. This is not a numbers-matching engine but is believed to possibly be a factory replacement. The Muncie M-20 transmission date codes as a 1969 item, so the majority of the drive-train isn’t original. The car is also missing a few components, including the carburetor, bell-housing, and air cleaner. If this Corvette has been owned by the same person for an extended period, I wonder what has happened to those items.

So, what we have here is a 1966 Corvette Sting Ray which is partly disassembled. We have no indication of the structural condition of the car, the original engine has been replaced, as has the original transmission. At the time of writing, a total of 12 bidders have pushed the price to $32,300, but the reserve hasn’t been met. I’m really not sure where the price will eventually go on this one. Does anyone want to guess?

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Comments

  1. John M.

    18 bids have been made on the car and the number has already topped $32 grand and 7 days still remain before the hammer drops. I have a feeling that the auction for this Vette is going to be intense.

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  2. Big Dan

    It certainly has potential, there is plenty of Corvette owners looking for their next project vette and others…. can’t help thinking of Prince’s tune” Little Red Corvette”…..

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    • Jett

      The vast majority of corvette enthusiasts wouldn’t touch this car with a ten foot pole. They tend to want matching number, original cars more than any other faction of sports or muscle car buyers.

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  3. 71FXSuperGlide

    Hmm..currently up to $32K, but reserve not met, although it’s listed as ‘reasonable’, whatever that means.

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  4. Michael Hogan

    66′ Corvette was an inbetween year,but with that said it is a second gen. corvette BIG block car. It is worth up to 45,000.00 as is, then one would need to put in another35,000.00 to restore it. SO, what $$$$ will it bring,beware of your bids people!

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    • Jett

      You’d easily double what you put into the purchase price. It would take a lot more than $35 grand to make this a real show car…

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  5. stillrunners

    That’s why it’s a tough deal taking a car apart that’s a runner….you have to be geared to see it thru – but life does get in the way – while parts disappear.

    Nice that it survived.

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  6. PRA4SNW Member

    Soon to appear on TV as a big buck resto-mod.

    I was shocked at how many mid-year resto-mods there were at last year’s Scottsdale auctions, and how much they were getting.

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  7. Gaspumpchas

    up to 49 large. wonder how the frame and birdcage is….all the parts there?? Lots of money out there, at 49 still hasn’t hit reserve. non orig mill and tranny. yee haaa….good luck to the new owner/…4

    Cheers
    GPC

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  8. 427Turbojet Member

    Steering wheel missing-but column is a telescopic unit. Center release ring is laying on passenger seat. Good working tele columns are advertised for $1200-$2000. Kind of makes you wonder what else may be lurking!

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  9. A.J.

    Just to prove ya never know, I had a sales guy would used to pass the ugliest Corvette he ever saw. Big fat fender Flair’s huge tires and a red white and blue paint job. For sale, asking $10000. We thought it was crazy but he went for it. Turned out to be a a 66 big block, 4 speed convertible with factory air! One of six built that year. 11 years of part time restoration he sold it for $180000. Don’t think this is going to be worth the restoration cost.

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  10. leiniedude Member

    Ended: Jan 15, 2019 , 10:27AM
    Winning bid:US $49,400.00
    [ 23 bids ]

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