1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427 Roadster
Chassis Number : 194676S102371 Horsepower : 425 Displacement : 8-cylinder, 7.0 L Wheelbase : 98"
Corvette deserves an enormous amount of credit because it was the only serious American sports car produced in any significant numbers by a major auto maker in the post-World War II period to date. . It’s just that, relentlessly, since 1953, Corvette produced a sports car, and they became very serious about performance in the 1960s. It became obvious that there was a market for such cars, and that they could enjoy local and national competition as well.
A totally different body design was started in 1963, and the so-called C2 platform evolved. With the rear configuration somewhat like the 1961 C1 type, the rest of the car was completely different. At that time, a coupe was introduced as well. The chassis was basically of the ladder type, and the bodies on every Corvette were in fiberglass, but now much more handsome in the exciting Sting Ray motif.
These popular cars became progressively more powerful, from the early ’60s producing up to 360 horsepower, until the last year of the Sting Ray in 1967, where the stock 427 cubic inch engine was producing over 425 horsepower. Some engine upgrades, such as the famous L88, and the more recent Z06, produced even greater performance, allegedly delivering more horsepower than advertised by Chevrolet!
During the five years of the production of the C2 (Sting Ray) version, about 22,000 units were made, but much fewer with the 427 ci, 425 hp engine. To some historians, these Corvettes are considered the most desirable in the over 50 years of Corvette production.