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Charlotte, NC   28269
12/9/2013 @ 3:47am
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1966 Red Chevrolet Corvette

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Charlotte, NC   28269 Model Year: 1966 Mileage: 3879
VIN: 194676S112598 Engine Displacement:
Exterior Color: Red Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
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When you restore a car you have an opportunity to build something just the way you would have ordered it new. Take this 1966 Corvette roadster which is one of the best-driving mid-year Corvettes we've ever featured and for good reason: there's an L79 under the hood a 4-speed behind it and a bunch of desirable options like factory A/C built in. It's not 100% the way the factory built it; I'd argue that it's better! The trim tag says it was originally Ermine white with a black vinyl interior but few would argue that the recent repaint in brilliant Rally Red wasn't a big upgrade. Fit and finish are outstanding as you'd expect for a car at this level. Lots of time went into the bodywork erasing all the blemishes and lining everything up just right and with Corvette fiberglass it's particularly important to keep the edges sharp and crisp. Once the surface was ready several coats of brilliant red paint were applied and it's exactly right-you want a red Corvette this is the reddest. It's also one of the shiniest thanks to a professional wet sand and buff on the surface which erased any traces of orange peel that gets in the way of the shine. Aside from being much much nicer than it was in 1966 there are no real deviations from showroom specs so the chrome trim the emblems and the raucous side pipes are all in place. The trim tag also says STD for interior but the standard buckets were restored with black leather and it's a very welcome upgrade. Like the bodywork the interior was given a full makeover but sticks to the original specifications so you won't see modern buckets or an aftermarket wheel. Instead it's built the way you might have ordered your dream Corvette in 1966 if you'd had unlimited resources at your disposal. The gauges are clear and crisp the woodgrained steering wheel is beautiful and yes that's factory A/C flanking the fully operational clock. There's an aftermarket AM/FM/cassette stereo but if you're really a purist that's easy to fix and if not you'll enjoy the ride that much more. A white top looks even better against the red paint than it would have when the car was white and stows under the rear deck without a lot of effort. The engine is a date-code correct 327 cubic inch V8 rebuilt to 350 horsepower L79 specifications. There's something special about a high-winding high-compression small block that this car embodies perfectly encouraging you to run it through the gears and listen to the insane exhaust note through the side pipes. The engine bay is quite stock-looking with a correct Winters intake finned valve covers and factory cast iron exhaust manifolds. It starts and runs quite well with a slight lope to the idle that tells everyone this car means business and for balance there are few better road cars than a small-block powered Corvette roadster. The 4-speed rips through the gears and feels so tough you'll look forward to barking the tires on the 1-2 shift and thanks to a rebuilt suspension with composite leaf springs handling is impressive. Classic knock-off alloys are fitted with 215/65/15 Goodyear rubber that fits right without looking too modern and fat. Is this the Corvette you've always dreamed of owning? All the right ingredients are there wrapped in a fantastic restoration that's ready to cruise. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.

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