1966 Corvette 427
No other car can command the attention of the Corvette. Just say the name and people will bolt up and look around. They know a cool car when they see one and if you mention to them the 1966 Corvette 427 you might have people leaping over tables and chairs to spin their tales about these super cool classic muscle cars.
The popularity of the Corvette series made the season prime for the debut of the 1966 Corvette 427. It's secret agent type design made one almost forget about that big block V8 engine inside until you hit the gas. You never forgot about that V8 again!
It came in four engine formats, the 327 ci, 327 ci 350 L 79, 427 ci 390 hp L36, 427 ci 425 hp L72.
Wheelbase 98 inches, track front and rear 56.8 inches and 57.6 inches. Length at 175.1 inches, width 69.6 inches. Height for the coupe was 49.6 inches and for the convertible a 49.8 inches. Ground clearance came to 5.0 inches. Seat width at 2 x 20.5 inches. Headroom for the coupe was 37.0 inches and for the convertible it's 38.5 inches. Weight for the 1966 Corvette 427 came in at for the Coupe 3,140 lbs, for the convertible at 3,160 lbs. Compression ratio at 11.0:1, bore and stroke at 4.25 x 3.76, torque at 460 at 4,000 rpm.
Any fan of the 1966 Corvette 427 will know the speed specs down pat. It performed thus: 0-30 mph in 2.5 seconds, 0-40 mph in 3.3 seconds, 0-50 mph in 4.2 seconds, 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, 0-70 mph in 6.8 seconds, 0-80 mph in 8.8 seconds, 0-90 mph in 10.8 seconds, and 0-100 mph in 12.8 seconds.
It hit the standing quarter mile in 13.4 seconds at 105 mph and reached a top speed of 135 mph.
The 1966 Corvette 427 rack and pinion steering with a ratio of 20.2:1 standard and the optional 17.6:1.
The L72 425 bhp 427ci V8 engine also had 427 cubic inches , watercooled four stroke preciprocating piston type 8 cylinders Vee configuration wit air injection emission control.
It had so many cool options that people would stand around this car and just pose next to it. Anyone driving one of these back in the day was the centerpiece of attention and if you think you were cool in 1966 driving around in the 1966 Corvette 427 you were still cool if you drove the 1966 Corvette 427 today! There has been no decade since it hit the block where this car wasn't an event of admiration and conversation. You'll find collectors and enthusiasts all over the world. It's rarity has pushed the price into the high five figures just short of the six figure mark but as history rolls on who knows where it will end.