The Auburn Auction

Lot 1164
1966 Chevrolet Corvette L-79 Coupe

Selling on Friday

1966 Chevrolet  Corvette L-79 Coupe
Offered from The Dakota Discoveries Collection

CHASSIS NO: 194376S121554

• A full matching numbers Corvette with 41-years of single ownership
• Air-conditioned from the factory
• Desirable 350 HP L-79 V-8 engine with factory four-speed transmission
• Showing just 40,600 miles with new tires, brakes, and shocks

327 cid L-79 V-8 engine, 350 HP, four-speed manual transmission, front independent coil spring suspension, rear transverse leaf spring suspension, front and rear disc brakes; wheelbase: 98

Despite the tireless development of the Corvette by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his team, and the incredible success it achieved in sales and on the track, by 1966 the Corvette was being seriously challenged by Carroll Shelbys Cobra. Duntov upped the ante engine-wise with the L-79, pushing 350 HP, as well as the track-intended 427. Most Corvette historians agree that the L-79 equipped cars represent the most drivable and best handling Corvettes of the era. The L-79 327 produced 350 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and the same torque as the standard engine except at 200 RPM higher. It featured forged domed pistons with valve reliefs, cylinder heads with larger 2.02/1.60-inch valves, a Duntov cam with .447/.447-inch lift, an 11:1 compression ratio and a free-flowing aluminum intake manifold. Straight from the factory with the M-20 four-speed manual transmission, this Vette also features new suspension, brakes, and tires, and is supplied with a custom car cover and battery charger.

This L-79 has received meticulous care, with just under 40,600 miles from new. It comes from 41-years of single ownership after initial purchase and is supplied with paperwork. It sports the correct #986 Silver Pearl paint and side exhaust for a look that really defines the C-2 era. Steel wheels and factory hubcaps complete the sporty and classic good looks of this lovely Corvette. Options include the very rare factory air-conditioning, tinted windows, telescoping wheel, and a factory AM/FM radio with power antenna. The bucket seat interior looks like new, with clean carpets and sharp trim everywhere. There is virtually nothing to do but get in and drive.

With a racing pedigree and undeniable styling, this fine 1966 L-79 Corvette is a wonderful example of a highly accurate and true numbers matching American legend, and one of the best-driving years of C-2 Corvette production ever.

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