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1966 Corvette Stingray:
The Year of the Big Blocks

1966 Corvette sign courtesy of Carls Jr. Big block engines dominated the Corvette Stingray story for 1966. They first appeared in April 1965 and as such had limited exposure. 1966 extended the big block Corvette story with the introduction of the legendary 427 cu. in. motors. They were bored and stroked versions of the 396 cu. in. 1965 big block motors and were available in two flavors: 390 hp (RPO L36, $181.20) and 425 hp (RPO L72, $312.85). The extra cost for the L72 was justified as it included four bolt mains, impact extruded aluminum pistons, a very aggressive camshaft, Holly 780 CFM carburetor mated to a aluminum intake and a free-flowing exhaust. The K66 transistorized ignition was a mandatory option with the L72. There are reports that the L72 actually featured more horsepower than the 450 hp that was quoted. The specifications were downgraded to avoid undesirable backlash from safety legislation, but enthusiasts only had to read the magazine reviews to learn what was really going on.
1966 Corvette script

Above: The "Corvette Sting Ray" script was revised to a more vertically elongated style for 1966. For 1966 only it appeared on the hood front driver's side in addition to the right rear.

1966 Corvette Stingray 427 side emblem
Notification of the engine displacement appeared on the front fenders.

Zora Arkus Duntov with 1966 Corvette Stingray 1966 Corvette Stingray in Rally Red
Left: Zora Arkus Duntov, Corvette Chief Engineer, next to a 1966 Corvette, a highlight of his career.
1966 Corvette Stingray, Color: Nassau Blue
1966 Corvette teak steering wheel 1966 Corvette Stingray big block bubble hood 1966 Corvette Stingray fuel filler lid
1966 Corvette window sticker Left: Teak steering wheel was a handsome option (RPO N32, $47.40) that was first available in 1965. Middle: As in 1965, the "Bubble" hood signified a big block was lurking beneath. Above Right: Stylish emblem on the rear deck also functioned as a lid for fuel fill-up access.
Right: Sample 1966 Corvette window sticker. A price of $5308.90 might seem like an amazing bargain these days, but in 1966 it was big $$$ and almost three times the price of an economy car.

1966 Corvette StingRay For Sale

1966 Corvette Stingray Roadste
Price: $45,000
Exterior: red
Interior: red
Miles: 70,000
Location: Vale, OR

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Cruise Boise in this-1966 Corvette Roadster, red with red interior. 327/350 hp engine, hardtop and soft top, 4 speed transmission, nice car (more)

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1966 Corvette Stingray, Color: Ermine White
1966 Corvette Stingray, official GM photograph
1966 Corvette: Official GM Photo.

1966 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 98.00 inches
Overhand (Front) 31.9 inches
Overhang (Rear) 45.2 inches
Front Track 56.8 inches
Rear Track 57.6 inches
Length 175.1 inches
Front Fender Width 69.6 inches (Maximum)
Rear Fender Width 67.3 inches
Height 49.6 inches (Coupe)
49.8 inches (Soft, Hard Top)
Finish (paint type) Lacquer
Turning Diameter - Outside Front 41.6 feet wall - wall
39.9 feet curb - curb
Turning Diameter - Inside Rear 25.6 feet wall - wall
25.6 feet curb - curb
Steering gear ratio 16:1
Steering Wheel Turns Manual: 3.4
Power: 2.92
Power Steering Fluid Capacity 2.3 Pints
Steering Wheel Type Deep Dish
Steering Wheel Diameter 16.0 inches
Tire Size 7.75-15 4 Ply Rating
Recommended Tire Inflation 24 psi, All Wheels
Wheels, Regular Production Size: 15 x 5.5
Attachment to Hub: Five Hex nuts
Wheels, Quick Take-Off, RPO P48 Size: 15 x 6
Cast Aluminum
Method of Retention: Adapter and Lock Nut
Three Speed Transmission 1st Gear 2.58:1
2nd Gear 1.48:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.58:1
Automatic (Powerglide) Transmission Drive: 1.76:1 & 1:1
Low and Reverse: 1.76:1
Lubricant Capacity 3 Quarts
Four Speed Transmission
(Standard, L75 engines)
1st Gear 2.56:1
2nd Gear 1.91:1
3rd Gear 1.48:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.64:1
Close Ratio
Four Speed Transmission
(L76, L78, L79, L84 engines)
1st Gear 2.20:1
2nd Gear 1.64:1
3rd Gear 1.28:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.27:1
Transmission Lubricant Type Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Lubricant Capacity Three Speed: 2 Quarts
Four Speed: 2.5 Quarts
Differential Lubricant Type Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Differential Lubricant Capacity 3.7 pints
Axle Ratio 3.08:1 (RPO G91 Four Speed, standard, L75 Engine)
Optional: 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 3.70:1, 4.11:1 and 4.56:1
Transmission Synchromesh Three Speed: 2nd and 3rd Gears
Four Speed: All Four Gears
Standard Fuel Tank Capacity 20 Gallons
Fuel Tank Code (RPO N03) 36.0 Gallons (Coupe Only)


Weight

300 Horsepower Engine, Three Speed Transmission
Model 19467 Convertible Front: 1,525; Design: 1,605; Shipping*: 1,530 lb.
Rear: 1,635; Design: 1,855; Shipping*: 1,475 lb.
Total: 3,160; Design: 3,460; Shipping*: 3,005 lb.
Model 19437 Sport Coupe Front: 1,555; Design: 1,605; Shipping*: 1,555 lb.
Rear: 1,635; Design: 1,855; Shipping*: 1,430 lb.
Total: 3,140; Design: 3,460; Shipping*: 2,985 lb.
Model 19467 Convertible as a Hardtop +8 lb.
Powerglide Transmission +23.3 lb.
*These are weights that are reported to states for licensing purposes.
Three Speed Manual Transmission Standard Engine: 3,443 lb.
Weight / Horsepower: 11.48
Three Speed Manual Transmission L79 Engine: 3,446 lb.
Weight / Horsepower: 9.84
Four Speed Manual Transmission Standard Engine: 3,436 lb.
Weight / Horsepower: 11.45
Four Speed Manual Transmission L79 Engine: 3,440 lb.
Weight / Horsepower: 9.83
Four Speed Manual Transmission L36 Engine: 3,612 lb.
Weight / Horsepower: 9.26
Four Speed Manual Transmission L72 Engine: 3,614 lb.
Weight / Horsepower: 8.50
Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission Standard Engine: 3,455 lb.
Weight / Horsepower: 11.52
Weight Differentials
Powerglide (Automatic) Transmission +28 lb.
Four Speed Transmission +8 lb.
427 cubic inch Engine +200 lb.
Power Brakes +12 lb.
Power Steering +21 lb.
Air Conditioning +88 lb.
Auxiliary Top +58 lb.
Radio +20 lb.
Less Heater -19 lb.


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 4.00" / 3.25" (Standard, L79 327 Cubic Inch)
4.25" / 3.76" (L36, L72 427 Cubic Inch)
Displacement: Standard, L79: 327 Cubic Inches
L36, L72: 427 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5 : 1 (Standard, L36 Engine)
11.0:1 (L72, L79 engine)
Rocker Arms Stamping, Steel
Rocker Arm Ratio 1.5:1
Valve Train Lash, Inlet / Exhaust
Hydraulic Lifters
Zero
Valve Train Lash, Inlet / Exhaust
Mechanical Lifters (RPO L72)
Inlet: .024 inch
Exhaust: .028 inch
Crankshaft Material: Forged Steel
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 30 - 45 psi @ 1,500 RPM
50 - 75 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Mechanical
Crankcase Oil Capacity, Standard Engine 4 Quarts, Less Filter
5 Quarts, With Filter
Crankcase Oil Capacity, L36, L72 and L79 Engines 5 Quarts, Less Filter
6 Quarts, With Filter
Recommended Oil Grade Above 32°: SAE 20W, SAE 20 or SAE 10W-30
To 0°: SAE 10W or SAE 10W-30
Below 0°: SAE 5W or SAE 5W-20
Alternate: SAE 5W-30 can be used for 5W, 5W-20 or 10W-30
Carburetor Carter 3826003 Single 4 barrel
L75 Engine: Carter 3826004 (3826006 Powerglide)
L76 Engine: Carter 3826004
Fuel Filter Strainer
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 5¼ - 6½ PSI
Cooling System Capacity 327 cubic inch Engines
16 Quarts (with heater)
15 Quarts (without heater)
427 cubic inch Engines
23 Quarts (with heater)
22 Quarts (without heater)
Thermostat Type Choke
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure 13 PSI
Battery 12 volt
61 Amp hr. @ 20 hr.
6 cells / 66 Plates
Thermostat Opening 177° - 182° F
Compression Pressure 160 PSI (All but L72 Engine)
170 PSI (L72 Engine)

Horsepower
Standard Engine 300 hp @ 5,000 RPM;
Torque: 360 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM
RPO L79 350 hp @ 5,800 RPM;
Torque: 360 ft-lb. @ 3,600 RPM
RPO L36 (427 cubic inch) 390 hp @ 5,200 RPM;
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM
RPO L72 (427 cubic inch) 425 hp @ 5,600 RPM;
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Ignition System
Coil Delco-Remy 1111153 Base; 1111156 L79; 1111141 L36; 1111093 L72
Coil current rating 4 amps (engine stopped)
1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap .019" (New)
Ignition Timing
Initial Design Setting
6° @ 500 RPM (Standard Engine)
10° @ 700 RPM (L79 Engine)
4° @ 550 RPM (L36 Engine)
8° @ 800 RPM (L72 Engine)
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance Begins: 900 RPM (L72: 1,000 RPM)
30° @ 5,100 RPM (Standard, L79 Engine)
28° @ 4,600 RPM (L36 Engine)
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance Begins: 6 inches Hg (Standard Engine)
Maximum: 15° @ 12 inches Hg
Begins: 4 inches Hg (L79 Engine)
Maximum: 16° @ 7 inches Hg
Begins: 6 inches Hg (L36 Engine)
Maximum: 15° @ 12 inches Hg
Begins: 7 inches Hg (L72 Engine)
Maximum: 12° @ 12 inches Hg
Spark Plug AC44 (327 Cubic Inch Engines)
AC43N (427 Cubic Inch Engines)
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1966 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
Genuine Leather Seats 2,002 (7.22%) $79.00
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 11,859 (42.78%) $15.80
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield 9,270 (33.44%) $10.55
A31 Power Windows 4,562 (16.46%) $57.95
A82 Headrests 1,033 (3.73%) $42.15
A85 Shoulder Belts 37 (0.13%) $26.35
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 8,463 (30.53%) $231.75
C48 Heater and Defroster Deletion (credit) 54 (0.19%) n/a
C60 Air Conditioning 3,520 (12.70%) $412.90
F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension 2,705 (9.76%) $36.90
G81 Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios 24,056 (86.78%) $42.15
J50 Power Brakes 5,464 (19.71%) $42.15
J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes 382 (1.38%) $342.30
K19 Air Injection Reactor 2,380 (8.59%) $44.75
K66 Transistor Ignition System 7,146 (25.78%) $73.75
L36 427 cu. in. 390hp Engine 5,116 (18.46%) $181.20
L72 427 cu. in. 425hp Engine 5,258 (18.97%) $312.85
L79 327 cu. in. 350hp Engine 7,591 (27.38%) $105.35
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 10,837 (39.09%) $184.35
M21 4-Speed Man Transmission, close ratio 13,903 (50.16%) $184.35
M22 4-Speed Man Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty 15 (0.05%) $237.00
M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission 2,401 (8.66%) $194.85
N03 36 Gallon Fuel Tank (for coupe) 66 (0.24%) $198.05
N11 Off Road Exhaust System 2,795 (10.08%) $36.90
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System 3,617 (13.05%) $131.65
N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel 3,941 (14.22%) $47.40
N36 Telescopic Steering Column 3,670 (13.24%) $42.15
N40 Power Steering 5,611 (20.24%) $94.80
P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels (5) 1,194 (4.31%) $316.00
P92 Whitewall Tires, 7.75x15 (rayon cord) 17,969 (64.82%) $31.30
T01 Goldwall Tires, 7.75x15 (nylon cord) 5,557 (20.05%) $46.55
U69 AM-FM Radio 26,363 (95.10%) $199.10
V74 Traffic Hazard Lamp Switch 5,764 (20.79%) $11.60

Total Production: 27,720
Coupe: 9,958 (35.92%)
Convertible: 17,762 (64.08%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 327 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,295.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 327 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,084.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
900 Tuxedo Black 1,190 (4.29%) Black / Red / Bright Blue / White-Blue / Saddle / Silver / Green / Blue Black / White / Beige Black
972 Ermine White 2,120 (7.65%) Black / Red / Bright Blue / White-Blue / Saddle / Silver / Green / Blue Black / White / Beige Black
974 Rally Red 3,366 (12.14%) Black / Red Black / White / Beige Black
976 Nassau Blue 6,100 (22.01%) Black / Bright Blue / White-Blue / Blue Black / White / Beige Black
978 Laguna Blue 2,054 (7.41%) Black / Bright Blue / Blue Black / White / Beige Black
980 Trophy Blue 1,463 (5.28%) Black / Bright Blue / Blue Black / White / Beige Black
982 Mosport Green 2,311 (8.34%) Black / Green Black / White / Beige Black
984 Sunfire Yellow 2,339 (8.44%) Black Black / White / Beige Black
986 Silver Pearl 2,967 (10.70%) Black / Silver Black / White / Beige Black
988 Milano Maroon 3,799 (13.70%) Black / Saddle Black / White / Beige Black
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