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Solid Runner: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Changes to the Chevy Corvette were minimal in 1966 with one exception – that’s when you could order one of these sports cars with a whopping 427 cubic inch V8. However, the standard 327 with a 4-barrel carburetor producing 300 hp was more than adequate, especially with a 4-speed manual transmission. However, the motor in this driver-quality Corvette is not original. A good running machine, this ‘Vette is in Woodstock, Connecticut, and is available here on eBay where the next bid will have to beat $39,200.

The C2 Corvette was the beginning of a meaningful sales climb for the Corvette. Nearly 28,000 copies would be built in ‘66, with more than one-third being a sport coupe like the seller’s car. In recent years, this auto has only been driven in nice weather, which would help explain its overall condition. The black paint is far from perfect (looks like the hood is flat black), but the original panels are solid. While serviceable, the interior could stand some new carpeting and there is a tear in one of the seats.

We’re told the mileage is 37,000. But considering the age and condition of the Chevy along with a replacement motor, it could be the odometer is on its second time around. But that doesn’t stop it from being a good driver that could continue holding its own until you save up for a full restoration.

The car has side mounted exhaust, but it could have been added later. And the seller has installed a resto stereo with modern features. As a plus, the original owner’s manual has survived along with the GM Protect-O-Plate. Financing is available, so perhaps a dealer is involved in the sale.


  1. Torqueandrecoil Member

    I don’t know of any corvettes with sheet metal just fiberglass

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    • bobhess bobhess Member

      Didn’t see any references to metal.

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    • JoeNYWF64

      Even the dash & interior door skins are fiberglass?!
      I believe the vette got a metal floor in ’75 when the ridiculously hot cat converter was introduced.

      Can i assume telescoping(& ford’s swing away) steering columns disappeared when collapsible columns became mandatory by law?

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  2. John R

    It’s listed in an ad from another publication for $52,000

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  3. philthyphil

    will someone please ban yellow plug wires….please

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    • Randy jones

      You buy this car..better look totally at that frame and the rear hubs too..they rust into…non.original motor hurts the.value of the car.from being a high gainer..car looks good..rj

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  4. George Mattar

    Partial metal floor pans debuted in 1976 model. They rot like the rest of the car’s metal parts. The end cap looks crusty in the photos. Low VIN. Likely built in first two weeks of 66 production. Do a chassis restore. Drive. Do not paint. Correctly painting a C2 coupe is $20,000 today.

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  5. 19sixty5 Member

    What is the significance of the cable looping through the frame on the last ebay pic? It looks sort of like an e-brake cable, or is it a safety device to keep something in place during a failure. It reminds me of the recall GM “fix” back then for separating motor mounts. I’m obviously not a Corvette guy… but I do like this one. I hope the HEI has a tach drive in it or that cool mechanical tach is dead.

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    • Justin

      Frame,frame and frame always a concern. Would take a personal inspection to verify. At any rate this one looks like it would require a lot to approach a break even point.

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  6. Jerry

    Picture #17 says it all… frame is shot. The cable and clamp is original, support for seat.

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  7. Jerry

    Also #21.

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  8. Beauwayne5000@gmail.com

    It’s a junker but not junky junk like that ridiculous 18k$ wanted for a 4dr bench seat 307 Nova …
    Prices range on this Lipstick on a pig from 40 – 52 etc
    It’s worth 30 35 max & ONLY cuz of its make & model.
    Needs a solid resto 5k in parts 2k in labor.

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  9. Richard Long

    Corvettes beat Mustangs 24/7. This is the oldest muscle car of the latest iteration still in continuous production.

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