There’s gold to be found on eBay and I swear I get a funky feeling inside when I come across the occasional barn find on the auction website.
Here’s a one-owner 1966 Corvette big block that’s been tucked away in a barn since 1981. The owner passed away a couple years ago and now his widow is selling the property which forces the sale of the Sting Ray.
The seller gives some history on the car in the eBay listing. The 1966 Corvette Sting Ray with a 427/390 horsepower V8 was purchased brand new from a Chevrolet dealer in Hillsboro, Oregon by “Louie” in 1966 when he got out of the military.
Over the years, the Sting Ray accumulated 61,000 miles and then at some point, Louie stopped driving the Corvette and it was parked with the Oregon license plates reading 1982.
Louie passed away in February 2011. His widow is now selling the house they lived in together for 40 years so she is finally letting go of his car.
Louie’s 1966 Sting Ray Convertible has some great options and looks to be in good condition considering how long it has been sitting. The car retains its matching numbers L36 427/390 V8 which is coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. Options include an AM/FM stereo with power antenna, auxiliary hard top, power steering, teak steering wheel and power windows.
That car has even retained the original air cleaner and spare tire. However, the jack is missing.
Despite the 1966 Corvette’s one-owner history, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t molested. At some point, Louie removed the front bumpers and mounted a set of fixed headlights into the grill. The headlight buckets were removed and the former headlight areas were “glassed over”. We also see a black 1967 Stinger-style big block hood on the car as well.
The seller says the car started up after changing the points. According to Louie’s widow, he would occasionally put some fresh gas into the car and drive around the block. So that helps to know the car runs. The seller says he added a new master brake cylinder (I would want the original if he has it) and so now the brakes work but are slightly spongy.
The best part of the story is the seller recapping how he found the car. When the widow decided to the sell the car, the seller found it with the windows and top up and the car locked. It was surrounded with household stuff in a barn. The hub caps were off the car and were hanging on a wall in the house.
Who hangs Corvette hubcaps on a wall in the house? Corvette people do, that’s who!
Check out these pics of the 1966 Corvette including the barn where it has been stored all these years:
The auction for Louie’s one-owner 1966 Corvette Sting Ray has six days to go and will close on July 30th. Current bidding has the car at $25,655 but the reserve has yet to be met.
Despite it exterior modifications, this car appears to be a great candidate for a Bloomington restoration or NCRS Top Flight. For more info, visit the eBay listing here.
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