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Default Tim (NAPA68) and Tracey's beautiful 1966 Corvette 427-425hp

Bruce, here is the info on the car Tracey and I bought for our personal collection........


This car was ordered by Mr. John Hersh at H&K Motor Sales of Continental, Ohio on Jan 10th 1966. John was a mechanical engineering student at the time. It is also further documented that John made an order change on January 17th, 1966 to include the N11 off road exhaust on top of the options as listed below.....

-Code 978 Laguna Blue / STD Black vinyl interior
-L72 427 / 425hp
-M21 Close ratio 4 speed transmission
-G81 Positraction 3.08 ratio (more on this later)
-T01 Nylon blackwall 7.75-15 4 ply gold stripe tires
-F41 Special purpose front & rear suspension
-K66 Transistorized ignition (required)
-A02 Soft Ray tinted windshield
-P48 Special cast aluminum wheels (knock offs)
-N36 Telescopic steering shaft


The expected delivery date was to be about 6 weeks. After about 6 weeks, the car was not even scheduled yet. Through a contact at the General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan, it was discovered the 3.08 gear ratio with the L72 427 had been suspended. After subsequent communication with that contact at the GM institute, they convinced the Corvette production scheduler the primary reasoning behind ordering the 3.08 gear was for a strong touring vehicle (low RPM at highway speeds). Production was then scheduled and thus produced on April 8th, 1966 with the 3.08 gear set.


The car was driven regularly until 1976. After that, the car was pulled off of the road for "maintenance" and John's life began to take higher priorities (moving, new house, etc.) Road use was on and off though 1991. Between 1991 and 1992, more significant repairs and maintenance were carried out.


John retained all of the registration slips from 1966 through 1992 when the car received it's Ohio collector plates.


John sold the car in 2012 to Miller Motors in Findlay, Ohio. The car has had 2 private owners between 2012 and now 2021.


The car retains its original Laguna Blue lacquer paint, beautiful unhit body, it's original interior (with the exception of the headliner, and all original and undisturbed drivetrain. The chassis was removed in 2014 for a complete refurbishment by Corvette Repair of Valley Stream, NY. The frame was refinished, trailering arms properly rebuilt and restored, all suspension bushings replaced and control arms restored (with correct riveted ball joints) and the original drivetrain reinstalled.


Since then, the car was campaigned on the show circuit to receive the following awards....


  1. Bloomington Gold / Gold Certified OEM Engine 2017
  2. Bloomington Gold / Survivor Bronze Certified 2014
  • NCRS Top Flight (Chapter) 2014, 2017
  • MCACN Concours Gold Certified 2017
  • MCACN Triple Diamond Certification 2017
  • MCACN / David Burroughs Pick Award Winner 2017


The car is documented with the following.....
-Original dealer order form
-Original dealer invoice
-Photocopy of original window sticker
-Original Request to Change Order form (dated 1/17/66)

-Original Corvette Owners Card
-Original Keys with H&K Motors key fob


Thanks Tim!




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Let me be the first to thank Tim for sharing his beautiful Corvette-and to apologize for the wait...and he will be putting up more pics.


I'll be happy to help if Tim needs the help!
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Beautiful Vette!! I have a special appreciation for no-radio 427s. Look forward to more pix!!

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Tim,

Awesome Corvette! The ‘66 BB hood is my pick for the coolest design.

I just love Factory Original lacquer paint.

The checking in that paint is a hallmark of a True Survivor.
You can’t duplicate that.

I too, dig that radio delete like Bill W has on his Survivor “7”.

Besides, who needs a radio when your driving a beast, or have a smart phone.

PS, what’s the mileage on this car?

Thanks for sharing !!!
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Tim,

Awesome Corvette! The ‘66 BB hood is my pick for the coolest design.

I just love Factory Original lacquer paint.

The checking in that paint is a hallmark of a True Survivor.
You can’t duplicate that.

I too, dig that radio delete like Bill W has on his Survivor “7”.

Besides, who needs a radio when your driving a beast, or have a smart phone.

PS, what’s the mileage on this car?

Thanks for sharing !!!
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61,450 and counting. The original owner validated the mileage when he sold it in 2012 at 58,xxx. We've put a couple hundred on since we bought the car. The only thing that bothered me about the car was the chattering clutch. I got that changed out last week. I'll post plenty of detail pics tomorrow when I am back in the shop.

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She's a beauty Tim. Glad you guys waited to find the right one. Congrats
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She's a beauty Tim. Glad you guys waited to find the right one. Congrats
Within the last year, I had sold the 67 400hp car back to my Dad (he really missed the car). That was an impossible car to replace for a long list of reasons. I redid the injected 64 for myself and have been enjoying that car immensely. Then this one popped up. I do have a little bit of history with this particular 66.

Back in 2012, I was at Bloomington Gold (when Mecum still ran an auction there). I had seen this car and was quite intrigued by it. I liked the originality and the odd combination of options. I was bidding on the car, but it went farther than I felt comfortable with. Fast forward to a month ago and I see the car popped up for sale and proceeded to make the purchase.

After I drove this car, Tracey and I declared it as a keeper. Now I gotta quit fiddling with the 66 and get the 64 ready to sell.
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Beautiful car Tim. Enjoy in good health!
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----Of course I love it, as anything Laguna Blue would be. But, favorite Corvette options of mine over the years are, No.1 no radio, No.2 telescopic wheel, No.3 KO cars, No4 427/425 cars No5 off-road underneath exhaust cars. This beauty trips all my triggers! Have fun with this piece of history, Tim....Bill S

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Tim, what a great car with cool options and a wonderful history. This car is all business, just the way I like them.
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