When it comes to Corvettes, not all are created equal. Even among 427 cars, which aren’t really rare, some are more special than others. This 1966 roadster that’s set to hit the block June 13-14 at Mecum’s Seattle 2014 auction is one of those cars.
For 1966, the 427 was introduced in L36 390-horse and L72 425-horse variants (initially, it was rated at 450 horses). There were no special engines like the L88 that came along the following year, but that doesn’t mean the 1966 C2 is not worthy—in fact, some feel the L72, among street engine, was the fastest of the breed. But 1966 was also the first year for the coarse-gear close-ratio M22 transmission. Only 15 Corvettes were ordered with this transmission.
However, there are other selling points to this Corvette. First, it’s an honest-to-goodness SCCA A/Production race car, although it’s not mentioned when this transformation took effect. It also is said to have been “driven to several SCCA West Coast championship A/ and B/Production titles.” Documentation shows this Corvette to have been ordered with 4.56 rear, J56 heavy-duty brakes, F41 suspension, and soft-top delete (meaning no convertible top). All those ingredients suggest this car was built for a purpose, and driving it on the street was not one of them.
With a “fresh multi-year period-correct restoration” and a 1994 Bloomington Gold Special Collection participant, the lucky buyer will have a Corvette with pedigree and options that make it one of the top choices for 1966 fans who aren’t hung up on concours restorations.