1966 Sting Ray 427

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1966 Sting Ray 427

Owned by Joseph Long, Viera, FL

1966 Sting Ray 427

1966-Corvette
The 1966 Sting Ray’s styling was very similar to the ’65’s, but there were some subtle changes. The Corvette “script” emblem was an elongated, more vertical style and was affixed to the hood and rear deck. The grille was now a plated, square mesh, cast unit. The roof B-pillar vents that had been both functional and non-functional in previous mid-year Corvettes (1964-1965) were now deleted. Another cool thing about the ’66? This was the intro year for the legendary 427!

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Just the Facts

  • Base price: $4,295.00 (Coupe), $4,084 (Convertible)
  • Power: As in 1965, the high-winding 327 small-block was standard equipment. This engine came in a couple of different power ratings (depending on transmission choice, air injection reactor usage, air conditioning and power steering). Horsepower ratings were 300 and 350. The 396 was axed in favor of the new 427. The 427 came in 390 and 425 horsepower versions – again, depending on options. Carburetors for 1966 were all Holley – the Carter units were discontinued.
  • ’66 Corvettes equipped with the 427 featured a special “bubble” hood that was first introduced on the ’65s packing the 396. The high performance, solid lifter 427 was initially rated at 450 hp, but was downgraded to 425 shortly after introduction.
  • 1966 Sting Ray production included 9,958 coupes and 17,762 convertibles, for a total of 27,720 units that rolled out of St. Louis Assembly. That’s 4,156 more than the previous year.
  • Seats were similar to the ’65’s, but featured additional pleats in the upper and lower sections for better weight distribution at the seams.
  • Backup lights became standard equipment this year, incorporated into the rear inboard taillight housings.
  • The fiberboard headliners that came on previous C2 models were replaced with vinyl-covered foam. Interior door pulls were bright metal. Headrests were optional for the first time.

1966 Colors

Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Rally Red, Nassau Blue, Laguna Blue, Trophy Blue, Mosport Green, Sunfire Yellow, Silver Pearl and Milano Maroon.

1966-Corvette-interiorAbout this car

Owner Joseph Long tells us that he found this car in Rockledge, Florida. It used to belong to Mr. Tom Price, who was the town mayor. The mayor was going to turn the big-block Mosport Green beauty into a resto-mod, but found that the frame had already been restored, dipped and painted. He had a lot of NOS parts still in boxes that he got when he bought the car, so he thought it best to sell it to someone who would want to keep the ’Vette more stock and original appearing. Joseph was just the right buyer!

When Joseph took the car home, it was sans motor and tranny. A family effort was underway to start the reassembly process. Sons Justin and Donovan and daughter Courtney all pitched in. Various components were sourced/rebuilt by companies throughout Florida, and the paint and body was done by Stan’s Cocoa Corvette.

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Thanks to Mike Antonick’s Corvette Black Book for many of the facts and figures used in this article.

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Comments

  1. Joe Dyer says:

    Just had to say what a beautiful car this ’66 BB is! It’s exactly like my first foray into ‘Vettedom. I let it get away and have mourned the loss since. I’m currently driving #4 and #6, a 90 ZR-1 and a 12 Grand Sport. But i lust after my 66BB.

    • I have a gorgeous rally red 66 BB for sale if you’re interested.

    • Thanks very much.
      We restored a 1972 vette , 12 years ago for my now 25 year old son. This one going to my 9 yr old son.
      It was a family project. I was able to find the matching number motor and tranny.
      I love the color and we get many compliments on the car.
      I have a 2013 427 convert also.
      So have first yr 427 and last yr 427,
      They are close in speed for first 200 ft
      Then the 2013 takes over!
      Thanks for your comments.

  2. Dean Anderson says:

    My 1st car was a 64 Corvette convertible, (in Silver Blue) which seems to be the color that this 66 is painted. I bought it just coming off active duty in the navy. White rag top, color matched HARD TOP, 4 speed tranny, AM/FM Radio, knock off wheels, and a few other things that escape my memory right now. I remember that it listed at $5,200, and I paid $4.200 for it. (Just slightly less than the $72,200 that I paid for my 2014 Stingray!)

  3. i love that 1966, 427 vette. !!!! beauty car !! heres a picture of my 1994 lt1, c4 vette. i love to drive it, with a nice 6 speed trans!! drive safe yall. mike b.

  4. Hi, to anyone that may know, I also have a 1966 427 convert that I’ve owned for about 25 years. My car has no backup lights so would that make a very early 66, and if so I belive it is one of the early 450hp cars. Any feedback is appreciated.

  5. Gene Griffin says:

    I enjoyed the article on the ’66 BB. Nice to hear stories of one being brought back. I have a ’67 427 BB with alu. heads and tri power -L-89. which I have had for more than 30 yrs. It also has the M-21 trans and 355 grs. It will go to the car shows often.

  6. Gene Griffin says:

    ’67 427 L-89

  7. My Dad’s first Corvette…’66 convertible, 4 speed close ratio,AM/FM,hard top, leather seats, teak steering wheel, telescoping steering column, 390/427, K66 ignition, trunk rack, PS/PB, outside pipes (sorry, “off-road exhaust system), 3.73 rear axle ratio…..or was it 3.90?….quite a car.

  8. My Dad’s first Corvette…’66 convertible, 4 speed close ratio,AM/FM,hard top, leather seats, teak steering wheel, telescoping steering column, 390/427, K66 ignition, trunk rack, PS/PB, outside pipes (sorry, “off-road exhaust system), 3.73 rear axle ratio…..or was it 3.90?….quite a car.

  9. My Dad’s first Corvette..silver outside, black interior,.’66 convertible, 4 speed close ratio,AM/FM,hard top, leather seats, teak steering wheel, telescoping steering column, 390/427, K66 ignition, trunk rack, PS/PB, outside pipes (sorry, “off-road exhaust system), 3.73 rear axle ratio…..or was it 3.90?….quite a car.

  10. Robert Lagoy says:

    I have the a 66 identical to that one with a 327 can’t tell them apart except for the hood

  11. Robert Lagoy says:

    My 66

  12. Ronnieboy Musacchio says:

    I am the owner of a 63 coupe which i purchased, previously owned, on May 30, 1968 from Wolfington Chevrolet in Phila, PA. However i do NOT have Any previous owners names or adresses or Original Dealer information. I’ve been searching for years but to no avail. NCRS reported my 63 an Export car: Dealer # 001, Zone 21- which translates to Rotterdam, Netherlands. I believe this 63 was a domestic delivery. No overseas delivery. But no proof. Originally titled in PA on October 24, 1963. No info from build date of April 30, 1963 to October 24, 1963. I am still seeking any info that would help me find Owner & Dealer names. Wolfington Could be original dealer. No proof. Somebody out there knows something!!
    Color is Saddle Tan/Saddle, 327-300, 4sp, 336 posi, PS, PB, PW, AMFM, blackwalls, off road exhaust. No tint. No Air, No KO’s. Please help me solve this mystery. My serial # shows up nowhere! 30837S114030. Some early items on car: roller gas lid, early 62 valve covers, 2 hood wedges, 63 C stamp on radiator. Thanks, Ronnieboy.
    Sonnyblueskies@gmail.com. 469-471-3444.

  13. Ronnieboy Musacchio says:

    My cars card… Im just along for the ride!

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