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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
This L79-powered 1966 Corvette convertible is a very fine and very well-restored example throughout, it is handsomely finished in Laguna Blue, the factory-original paint color as confirmed from the vehicle’s body tag. The Black Vinyl interior is similarly correct and confirmed by the Corvette’s body tag. The L79 engine is the Corvette’s original numbers matching ‘HT’ coded unit, sporting 11:1 compression and a 4-barrel intake, mated to a 4-speed Muncie manual transmission. Highly equipped with options and features, the Corvette includes a factory-correct white convertible top, factory side-exit exhaust, Teakwood steering wheel, and factory “knock-off” wheels.
Restoration details include a complete restoration of the interior, including the carpeting, glove box, seat covers, door panels, dash pads, gear shifter plate, and rebuilding of the instrument cluster. The driveshaft was replaced, the front suspension was rebuilt, the brakes were rebuilt, and the brake lines and shock absorbers were replaced. The headlight motors were rebuilt and fitted with factory-correct headlamps, new side view mirrors were fitted, and new side-exit exhaust covers and pipes fitted. The L79 engine was rebuilt and it is complete with the renowned high-flow “double hump” cylinder heads specific to RPO L79. The engine is based on the number-stamped original, matching numbers block stamped #24017, consistent with the last five digits of this Corvette’s VIN, which is 194676S124017. Everything on the engine was rebuilt and restored to factory-correct standard, including factory side-exit exhaust manifolds, the new pistons, valves, and internals, plus the accessories including the water pump, fan, and pulleys. The distributor was rebuilt and equipped with electronic ignition for improved reliability, performance, and ease of maintenance. A New Old Stock Holley Carburetor is presently installed and the original 1966 Holley 4-barrel Carburetor accompanies the Corvette at auction. All new correct spark-plug wires and clutch components were also installed during restoration. There is no spark plug-wire shielding, as this is currently a radio-delete car, and the NCRS judging manual supports the correctness of the restoration on this point.
The Muncie 4-speed transmission was rebuilt during 2013.
Consistent with a top-notch restoration, the work on this very special Corvette was performed down to the smallest details. The entire wiring harness for the car was replaced and the optional emergency flasher system installed, with the pull knob actuating it working perfectly and lighting up red when activated. All new factory-correct bulbs for all lights were installed to match. A new factory-correct alternator was also fitted, along with a new voltage regulator. The factory correct jack is retained with a hold-down spring added; while correct, it is recommended that this jack not be used, as safety standards have changed in the 50 years since the Corvette was built. A new radiator, added expansion tank, and windshield-washer tank were installed, and all hoses are new and bear factory-correct markings. The windshield-wiper motor was sent out and rebuilt as well. New firewall insulation was installed, as was a new fan blower motor and related components. Rounding out the restoration, a new clutch and associated components was installed, and the original clock was converted to Quartz function and works perfectly, matching the rest of the car. New gold line radial tires were supplied by Coker Tire and mounted on the Corvette’s factory-specification “knock-off” wheels with brand new center caps.
The L79 Corvettes of the 1960s continue to be highly regarded for their all-around flexibility and all-out performance, in addition to their relatively light weight contributing to the Corvette’s already-stellar handling and braking for the era. If you are looking for an L79 Corvette with all the right options and an outstanding restoration with attention fully paid to detailing and quality, then this is the car for you!