Here is an interesting 1966 Corvette Convertible that appeared Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach. The Triple Black Corvette features a 427/425 hp L72 and is fresh off a restoration, but it comes with a caveat: Originally a 427/425 car, it doesn’t have the original engine. Will the price be affected or will its curb appeal rope in buyers who may be more interested in driving the Sting Ray instead of a storing a garage queen. Watch the video after the jump.
Through the catalog description at Barrett-Jackson.com and the comments from the SPEED commentators who saw the Corvette in person, we learn the that this Corvette underwent a no-expense-spared frame-off restoration by an NCRS judge. One of the SPEED commentators said that although this is not the original engine, the Corvette was originally built with the 427/425hp L72 and did indeed come from the factory with air condition. The NOM engine that resides in the Corvette now certainly looks like it belongs, and the reapplication of factory-styled stencils and shim marks adds to quality of the restoration.
The 427/425hp V8 is coupled to the close-ration 4-speed manual transmission with a positraction rear axle. Options include factory side exhaust, power steering, air conditioning, teakwood steering wheel, cast aluminum knock-off wheels, 7.75×15 Goodyear gold line tires, AM/FM radio with power antenna and auxiliary hardtop. The Corvette is documented with a bill of sale from Person Chevrolet in Memphis, TN and second owner’s title and bill of sale from Union Chevrolet also in Memphis, TN, from 1969.
This well-optioned but non-original Corvette Sting Ray was hammered for $86,000 – a price we are agreeable with due to its NOM status. After the buyers commission, the total price was $94,600 which was good for 8th place on our list of top selling Corvettes from Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach collector car auction.
Barrett-Jackson’s next event is their inaugural Orange County auction which will take place June 25-27 in Southern California.
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