As a 1966 Corvette owner, I have a special affinity for other ’66 Vettes. So when I was walking the auction staging area at the 2011 Mecum Kissimmee auction last week I came to dead stop when my eyes fell upon this beautiful 1966 L36 427/390 hp Corvette Convertible painted in Laguna Blue.
In the mid-sixties, many of colors for Corvettes were named after famous raceways. Laguna Blue, a tribute to Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey California, was a one-year color that was selected by 2,014 buyers for just 7.3% of all Corvettes in 1966. I’ve found Laguna Blue to be one of those colors that is hard to describe and difficult to photograph. In the fading light, the car in these pictures almost looks like a modern cyber gray.
In addition to the 427/390 hp L36 engine, this Corvette all came equipped with a 4-Speed transmission, Factory A/C, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Original AM/FM radio, Knock-off wheels on gold-line tires. The factory air conditioning was another rare option in 1966 with just 12.7% of buyers (3,520 total) checking the box.
Interest in the Laguna Blue ’66 Corvette was strong from the start and the bids climbed steadily for 3 minutes until the hammer dropped at $92,000. A strong price for 427/390 horse car but well worth it considering the options and condition.
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