Red w/Red interior, L72 427/425hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
Most mid-year fans look to ’67 as the year Corvette really got it right. The L71 435hp big block engine with its 3x 2bbl carbs sitting on top was surely an impressive sight! But as impressive as that was (is), the year prior was when things really started to kick up some serious dust! The ’66 Corvette was a milestone car, because it was the first year for the legendary 427. And it came in two flavors under their domed hood; Hot (L36) and scalding (L72)! The L36 gave you a big block with hydraulic lifters and a Holley 4bbl carb and 390hp. The L72, gave you a big block with mechanical lifters, a bigger Holley 4bbl and 450hp. Well, actually only the first batch of L72’s were rated at 450hp. After a decision was made from above, the engines were re-rated at 425hp. But the thing is, nothing was changed but the sticker on the air cleaner! These were real beasts and an E-ticket thrill ride at approaching their limit. And because of the single Holley 4bbl carb, rather than the three 2bbl Tri-Powered set-up offered in ’67, they were also a bit more user friendly! As a result of it’s “lesser appreciated” status, prices for very nice examples are in most cases, considerably less than a ’67 equivalent, making the ’66 L72 a fantastic value and a F.T.D. (fun to drive) factor of 10!
This very sharp example has been completely frame off restored and is equipped with a (possibly original) L72 engine under the hood. It’s optioned with knock off wheels wrapped in radial tires, side exhaust, leather seats and factory am/fm radio. It’s also documented with the Protect-O-Plate, and photos and receipts from the restoration. The car is a color change from Milano Maroon to Rally Red and looks, sounds and runs great!