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From launch in late 1962, the new second-generation Corvette marked a quantum leap forward in every respect. A Road & Track retrospective article published in 1975 described it as an “…engineering tour de force,” going on to praise the relentless development work of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the “Godfather of the Corvette,” and his Corvette Engineering team. In addition to its sleek and futuristic new body design, guided by Larry Shinoda under GM design chief Bill Mitchell, the new Corvette Sting Ray delivered world-beating performance capabilities to match its aggressive good looks. Handling was outstanding, thanks to a thoroughly redesigned chassis including the first use of four-wheel independent suspension on a Corvette, personally developed by Duntov.
The all-new Corvette generated immediate acclaim with Motor Trend testers remarking, “We thought the old model cornered darn well, but there’s no comparing it to this new one”. Prophetically, Road & Track stated that the second-generation Corvette “will know few peers,” a statement confirmed by the model’s countless racing victories and fast-growing sales on the showroom floor. Before the new-for-1963 Corvette Sting Ray even appeared in Chevrolet showrooms, fast-rising drivers like Bob Bondurant, Allen Grant, Dick Guldstrand, and future ace Shelby Cobra driver Dave MacDonald had them on the track. In November 1962, the highly aggressive Doug Hooper won the LA Times Grand Prix at Riverside – the Sting Ray’s first race outing – and convincingly put Shelby’s upstart Cobras back onto their trailers. Carefully and continuously improved, the Corvette matured into a universally respected sports car. It finally gained a long-awaited set of disc brakes at all four corners for 1965 and continued to feature an ever-expanding list of available powertrain combinations.
Offered from nearly a decade of single ownership, this unadulterated and well-maintained, numbers matching , ’66 Corvette has been painted to a good standard in Nassau Blue and selectively restored as needed. It is a great handling and highly dependable car with the 327 – 300 HP numbers matching engine and manual-transmission and drivetrain that operates smooth, strong and vibration free. Original side pipes deliver that unmistakable Corvette 327 sound. The interior remains basically original with practical upgrades such as newer carpeting and seat covers. Most everything works, including the clock, lighter, and radio. The Corvette is also offered with a matching hard top in good shape and the white convertible top believed to be original and needs replacement. The tires and “Knock-Off” wheels are in excellent condition complemented with power steering and power brakes. The Corvette was previously registered in Nebraska. If you are looking for a well-maintained, untampered-with, attractive driver-quality ‘C2’ Corvette, this is a good example with only minimal restorative work performed as required.