FACTS BY YEAR
1966 CORVETTE / GENERATION C2
Changes to Corvette in 1966 were minimal. In fact, it was supposed to be the last year for production of this body style, though it was actually extended through 1967.
There were subtle differences in trim...noticeably the addition of the Corvette script on the hood and the deletion of the roof vents from the year before. Backup lights became incorporated into the taillights and Holley carburetors were now standard. Significantly, 1966 was the first year for the now famous and highly-desirable 427 cubic inch big block engine.
A highly-documented vehicle with extensive owner history, this ’66 coupe has less than 17,000 original miles since it was driven off the showroom floor. It’s equipped with the afore-mentioned L72 427ci/425 HP big block engine, 4-speed manual transmission, 411 posi-traction rear end, transistorized ignition, factory side exhaust, original knock-off wheels, telescoping steering wheel, tinted glass and AM-FM radio. It was purchased in California and transported to Texas in March 2008.
1966 CORVETTE TRIVIA:
The close ratio, heavy duty 4-speed manual transmission was the least-ordered option in 1966. Only 15 vehicles were ordered that way.
Aluminum knock off wheels, a $316 option, were last offered in '66. 1,194 cars were delivered with that option.
Headrests and shoulder harnesses were first introduced as options in '66. Together, they added $68 to the base price of the car.
26,363 buyers in 1966 ordered their Corvettes with an AM-FM radio. That proved to be the most popular option that year.