$89,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1966

rpo code description
19467 Corvette Convertible
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, Windshield
F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension
G81 Positraction Rear Axle
L72 427ci 425hp High Performance Engine
M20 Muncie 4-Speed Transmission
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System
P48 Cast Aluminum Knock Off Wheels
U69 AM-FM Radio
976 Nassau Blue Paint
414 Bright Blue Trim

exterior color code
976 Nassau Blue
interior color code
414 Bright Blue Vinyl

 

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette Convertible
Transmission:   4-Speed
Odometer:   17,175 (Nonactual)
Engine:   L72 427ci (#'s Match)
VIN:   194676S116635
about the dealership

Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM classics.  There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am.  Founded in 2005, this is a very focused operation.  We do it because we enjoy it.  We are a collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it. 

contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468
 
 

 

 

 

 

vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this beautiful, numbers matching, 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible with the original high performance L72 427ci/425hp big block engine, 4-Speed transmission, side pipes, and knock off wheels.  This Corvette has been awarded the prestigious NCRS Second Flight award, it was 1.4% away from a Top Flight award. This Corvette has a numbers matching 427ci engine looks complete stock, original, and correct in appearance, but internally the engine has been slightly upgraded and improved to produce 520hp and 499 foot pounds of torque. There is a sheet with the dyno numbers that goes with the car. There are dozens and dozens of receipts, documents, and correspondence about the car from the previous over for restoration work and maintenance of the the years. The receipts total over $26,000.

The car is finished in the stunningly gorgeous and highly desireable color combination of Nassau Blue over Bright Blue vinyl. This is the correct and original color combination as verified by the codes on the trim tag pictured below. This car also appears to have the F41 special high performance front and rear suspenion with the 7-leaf rear spring and the larger 15/16" front away bar.

This Corvette looks utterly stunning, runs terrifically, and is an absolutely thrilling driver with over 500hp that is ready to be enjoyed. There is no way a similar Corvette could be built or restored for anything near our asking price. Please peruse all of the photos, video, numbers, and other information below to get a true sense of how exceptionally nice this Corvette really is.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their cars to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did. We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

 

vehicle appraisal

 

 

Seven This Corvette comes with an appraisal from Ken Edmunds, who is an Bloomington Gold Judge. The appraisal is from 2004 and the car has definitely gone up in value since then. There is a photos of the the original appraisal below, but please read the following text from the appraisal letter:

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, serial number 194676S116635 owned by Mr. Leslie S.
Gusky.

I am quite familiar with the subject car having recently participated in some aspects of its restoration and
service.

This car, sometime in the last ten years received a "body off the chassis" restoration the chassis was
refinished, the suspension was rebuilt and all components were restored and or refinished as per the
original equipment manufacturer. That is, the correct hues and shades of paint, plating on the
fasteners, correct fasteners and all original parts. This car is equipped with the optional 427 cubic
inch, 425 horsepower engine and an original 4 speed Muncie transmission. The engine and
transmission were rebuilt and restored this year to better than new condition and performance
specifications. Great care was taken to make the engine and engine bay appear as the car did when it
rolled off the assembly line with all components under the hood correct down to the dates that the
parts were made-a very important part of Corvette restoration. Mechanically the car is in outstanding
condition. The body appears to be original and accident free and is very straight. The finish is modem
base coat/clear coat and is in good condition. The interior is in very good original condition with a
little wear showing on the front carpeting. Overall the car is in very good to excellent condition
needing just a few detail items to make it perfect.


This car is very desirable and collectable due to the combination of a convertible and the optional
high horsepower 427 engine, 4-speed transmission and factory mounted side exhaust.
Based upon cars like this that have been traded recently, I would place the value of this Corvette at
$85,000 or higher.

Sincerely,
Ken Edmunds
National Corvette Certification Board - Bloomington Gold Judge #714
NCRS

 

numbers

 


Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct order. For example, all of the dates for the individual engine components and the engine casting date should obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be produced before they could be assembled. All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 194676S116635 The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM. The "94" is the series, Stingray V8 Corvette. The "67" is the body style, convertible. The sixth digit, "6," indicates the model year, 1966. The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 16,635th Corvette made for 1966.
Body Build Date H07 "H" corresponds to March, and the "07" is the seventh day of the month meaning this car has a body build date of March 7, 1966.
Engine Code T0225 "T" means the engine was build in the Tonawanda plant.  The "02" is the second month of year and the "25" is the twenty-fifth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on February 25, 1966. .
Suffix Code IP This means the motor was intended for an L72 427ci 425hp application with a manual transmission, mechanical lifters and special cam shaft, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 116635 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 116635, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.  
Engine Block Casting Number 3869942 The engine block has the correct 3869942 casting number for a 1966 L72 big block.
Engine Block Casting Date B 17 6 "B" is February, The "17" is the seventeenth day of the month, and the "6" is the last digit the calendar year so the engine block was cast on February 17, 1966.
Carburetor Part Number 3886101 EI The carburetor is correct for a 1966 L72 with a 3886101-EI part number.
Carburetor List Number 3247 The Holley carburetor has the correct 3247 list number for a 1966 L72 Corvette.
Transmission Main Case 3885010 The main case of the transmission has the correct 3885010 casting number.
Transmission Side Cover Casting # 3952648 The side cover of the transmission has the a 3952648 casting number, which is actually the casting number from a later Stingray Corvette.
Transmission Tail Housing 3857584 The tail housing of the transmission has the correct 3857584 casting number.
Clutch Housing Casting Number 3899621 The clutch housing is correct with a 3899621 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 3885069 The Winters aluminum intake manifold has a correct 3885069 casting number for a 1966 L72.
Exhaust Manifold LH 3880827 The left exhaust manifold has a 3880827 casting number, which is correct for a 1966 Corvette with an L72 big block.
Exhaust Manifold RH 3880828 The right exhaust manifold has a 3880828 casting number, which is correct for a 1966 Corvette with an L72 big block.
Rear Differential LR W 1 The "LR" indicates a 3.36:1 gear ratio with positraction and is a code that was used on later Stingray Corvettes. The "W" is the assembly plant, Warren, MI, and the "1" is the shift in which the rear end was made.
Starter Stamp Number 1107365  The starter has the correct 1107365 stamping for a 1966 big block without the M22 transmission.
Starter Date Code 6A12  The "6" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "A" denotes January, and "12" is the twelfth day of the month meaning the starter was made on January 12, 1966. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Windshield XA "X" is February and "A" is 1966 so this window was made in February of 1966. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window AJ "A" is September and "J" is 1965 so this window was made in September of 1965. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Vent Window AJ "A" is September and "J" is 1965 so this window was made in September of 1965. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger Window TJ "T" is August and "J" is 1965 so this window was made in August of 1965. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger Vent Window AJ "A" is September and "J" is 1965 so this window was made in September of 1965. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Nassau Blue exterior is in beautiful driver condition. As one can see in the photos the finish has dazzling gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. The knock off wheels and spinners are in excellent condition with a brilliant finish and no curb rash. The tires are BF Goodrich redline radials with plenty of tread left. These tires offer the best of both worlds with the vintage look of the redline, but the modern performance and handling of a radial. The convertible top is in nice shape with no rips or holes. The rear window is clear and is not yellowed or foggy. There is a small spot on the top rear of the left front fender withe a specific photo below and a few tiny blemishes around the car that were too small to show up in the photos, but nothing that is noticeable from five or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, this Corvette is totally solid. The bottom of the car is exceptionally clean and correct with appropriate markings; the car looks nearly as good underneath as it is on top.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL of the glass on this Corvette, both door windows, both vent windows, and even the windshield, are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of March 7, 1966 (H07). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

The Sting Ray looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Interior

The Bright Blue Vinyl interior of the Corvette looks superb. The seats look just as good in person as they do in the photos. The carpet is also great condition with no tears, rips, or holes. This included the rear carpet which is often neglected. The dash and console are in terrific condition with no fading or sun damage. The original AM-FM radio sounds great, most importantly the dash has never been cut or modified for and aftermarket installation. The door panels are in great condition with no cracks or wear. This car has not been smoked in and there is no aroma of cigarettes whatsoever. The excellent condition of the this interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout the years.

The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in great mechanical condition. The engine was completely rebuilt during the restoration and produces 520hp so this car is pure excitement out on the road. Please review the photos below with documents listing some of the engine specifications and performance parts used as well as some of the work performed. Please view the video to hear one of the best exhaust notes in the classic car industry, a big block Corvette engine and sidepipes.

The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. The car drives terrifically. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph, braking to stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that there are no strange noises or vibrations and the car performs quite well overall. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving the car. The clutch feels good, the transmission is very tight, and does not pop out of gear. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. This Corvette has plenty of power and is exceptionally fast with the L72 427ci engine. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos.

The horn works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, and wipers. The headlights go up and down properly, which is a very common problem on second generation Corvette. The complete headlight operation can be viewed in the video below. The blower for the heater works on all speeds. The power antenna does not work. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the 4-Speed, the extra power fro the L72, the sounds of the sidepipes, and the top down out on a beautiful day.

The car runs and drives as well as it looks.


Overall
Condition

Overall, this 1966 427ci Big Block Corvette convertible is in marvelous condition. There are photos below of the VIN stamp and engine assembly date on the engine block for any potential buyer or professional to analyze. This is truly an investment grade classic car. The value and market on second generation or "mid-year" Corvettes has always been solid, and they are wise investments for a collector. This is especially true for rare and highly desirable models like this L72 big block.

The originality, matching numbers engine, NCRS award, restoration, and beautiful color combination make this car especially important and difficult to duplicate. There is no way someone could buy and restore a 1966 L72 Corvette to this level of quality for anywhere near our asking price. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It is very apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of by its previous owners. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

 

Thank you for looking and please email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle video

 


For an eleven minute video of the car showing it starting, running, a walk around, function check, and a test drive on the road and highway please visit:

https://youtu.be/IMm5uB8QZdk    

 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped across the country or even across the world to their new owners. Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping process and glad to help our customers with it. We are more than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere in world. For our domestic customers in the United States we can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added expense for a shipping broker. Please feel free to contact us for a shipping quote.

 

warranty

  We are one of the only classic car dealers that is able to offer you a warranty for purchase on your classic car. There are warranties available from 1 year to 10 year at prices ranging from $2,500 to $6,000. Warranty work can be completed at any licensed repair shop, including your local Chevrolet dealer. As with all other classic car dealers, unless you decided to purchase a warranty, all of our vehicles are sold "As-is" with on warranty express or implied. Please contact us if you are interested in a warranty for your classic vehicle.

 

 



 




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