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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 10th – 12th, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 4th Annual Newport Beach, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Benefiting from a total, nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration to exceptional standards, this L79-powered 1966 Corvette coupe carries exhaustively researched history and thorough analysis of its VIN tag, Body Identification Plate, and the serial numbers of its mechanical components. Factory options in addition to RPO L79 were many, including A01 Soft-Ray Tinted Glass, A31 Power Windows, C60 Air Conditioning, J50 Power Brakes, K19 California-only A.I.R. emissions equipment, M21 Close-Ratio 4-Speed Transmission, N11 Off-Road Exhaust System, N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel, N40 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels, and U69 AM/FM Pushbutton Radio. Following assembly, the highly equipped Corvette was delivered to original selling dealer Clarke Hatch Chevrolet in El Cajon, California, according to the NCRS Dealer Shipping Report.
According to history researched and documented by Corvette expert Bill Gould, this Corvette’s first known owner was Richard G Scharfenberg of San Diego, California, who purchased it in 1967 from a local Chevrolet dealer. While Mr. Scharfenberg passed away in 2013, Bill Gould was able to locate his wife Judy, who still resided in the San Diego area and was thrilled to talk about the car, stating “Wow, what a surprise. This absolutely brought tears to my eyes. I remember the Corvette very well. I have many stories to tell…we drove to San Francisco for our honeymoon in that car. I felt like I was a movie star and had to keep pinching myself.” Five California registrations confirmed that Mr. Scharfenberg owned the Corvette between 1967 and 1971, with Judy confirming those years and relating that the couple decided to sell the car because children had come along and with just two seats, it was impractical as a family car. While she did not recall any specific details about the car other than that was a blue coupe with dark blue interior, she did state that when Richard owned the car it was pristine and he kept it perfectly washed and waxed. In 1971, Richard Scharfenberg sold his prized Corvette to fellow San Diego resident David Buass, who remembered cleaning stray wedding-day rice out of the car. He kept the car for about five years before selling it to a man from Canada.
The Consignor purchased the Corvette on December 5, 1994 in Calgary, Alberta, but it wasn’t until 2006 that its long-term restoration commenced, to be completed over the next full decade, including two years searching for correct original parts and even locating and purchasing the car’s factory-original Muncie M21 4-speed transmission! While the Corvette had already received a cosmetic restoration, the Consignor thoroughly researched the car and best Corvette restoration practices and painstakingly returned the car to the way it left the factory so many years before, with the vehicle and all of its component parts completely disassembled, repaired, restored, and refinished. With the exception of weather stripping and rubber body seals, which are not practical to obtain as NOS items, every part used in the Corvette’s restoration was correctly date-coded, and prior to September 28, 1965 – the official “birthdate” of this Corvette’s fiberglass body. Of course, the demanding restoration work was photo-documented. During August 2014, the Corvette was trailered to Tacoma, Washington for its first NCRS event, where it was awarded NCRS Second Flight. Upon returning the car to Calgary, several of the details marked down by the NCRS judges were rectified in advance of its next NCRS showing scheduled for June 3 and 4 in Bend, Oregon just prior to its offering for sale at Newport Beach. Complete with great documentation covering its history and restoration, a detailed listing and analysis of its numbers, dates, and options, restoration photos, and the NCRS judging sheets and Shipping Data Report, this highly equipped 1966 Corvette coupe is beautifully restored, presented, and highly collectible to match!