This 1966 Corvette convertible definitely won’t win any contests for originality.
But we still like the overall look of this classic C2 Sting Ray, currently seeking a new home on bringatrailer.com. So far, interest surprisingly enough has been minimal, with the high offer being just $10,000 with four days left in the bidding.
Maybe purists are upset that the car doesn’t have its original motor, though a hefty 427 powerplant has been installed by a previous owner and should provide plenty of get up and go for the new owner.
Other changes to the car are more noticeable, including the yellow repaint with a black center stripe, flared fenders, a new black soft top, and the addition of a third taillight on each side of the rear end. Personally, we’re not sure about the removal of the front bumpers, though that’s a matter of individual taste. The seller also offers up a video in which he points out the body gaps are uniform around the doors, hood and deck lid, though there are small chips visible in the paint on the convertible top boot and left door, and the fiberglass has cracks on the front lip and under the right door sill.
While we aren’t given an opportunity to hear the mighty 427 roar through its side pipes, we are told that significant attention to the mechanics of the car has been paid in the past year or so, including rebuilding the carburetor, repairing the battery terminals, and replacing the drive belts, exhaust manifolds, fuel pump, alternator, voltage regulator, fuel hoses, power steering hoses, spark plugs, valve cover gaskets, and starter.
The seller has also installed a Tremec five-speed manual transmission and a US Gear 3.73:1 ring and pinion set, and he’s replaced the clutch assembly, driveshaft, universal joints, half shafts, spindles, bearings, and seals, not to mention the fuel level sending unit, fuel filters, fuel hose, fuel tank straps, and isolation strips.
The black interior appears presentable in photos, with the shifter replaced in 2019 and the headlight switch last month. The odometer stopped working last month, too, so the true mileage is a mystery. Of course, with a car like this, mileage isn’t really an issue.
All in all, this ’66 looks like it would be a blast to own, though we’re sure it’s going to take significantly more than 10 G’s to get the owner to part with it!
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