This monstrous 1966 Corvette Stingray Coupe was discovered in an abandoned garage in Pennsylvania in 1997 where it had been stored since 1977. The car had an original 44,000 miles on it at the time. It also has the very rare option of a hazard warning flasher which was mandatory for cars in Pennsylvania in 1966.
The current owner purchased the car and had it shipped to San Diego where it underwent a complete frame-off restoration over the next 36 months. The frame was modified to the same specifications as the car raced by Dick Gulstrand, famed Corvette driver and engineer, at the 1966 Le Mans. Gulstrand built the car at his famous landmark facility on Thunder Alley near Los Angeles. In addition to the frame modifications, the 36 gallon fuel cell from Mickey Thompson’s 1963 Corvette race car was loaned to this project so an exact copy of the tank could be built for this car. The tank was built from aluminum, not fiberglass, and a 36 gallon FIA fuel cell was installed in the new aluminum shell. The installation is an exact duplicate of the original in every way. This is the original Z06 option. Additionally, the car has a set of J56 brakes with the original proportioning valve that adjusts brake bias between the front and rear brakes. Both radio and heater delete options were incorporated into the build.
A new Chevy ZL1 aluminum block was used for the engine build which was done at LRE Engine Shop in Northridge, California by famed engine builder Bob Lambeck. The engine has a Crower lightweight forged crank, Manley H Beam rods, Crower Hydraulic Roller Cam and Valve Train. The carburetor is a Demon Road Race 750 double pumper. The engine dyno test results were 550 horsepower and 550 foot pounds of torque on 92-93 octane fuel at 10:1 compression ratio. A new 6 speed T-56 transmission was fitted to the engine for both performance and fun. Cruising speeds of 80 MPH are at 2000 RPM. Top speed is estimated at 200+ MPH. Rear end ratio is 3.55:1.
The interior is a custom leather to original specs by Al Knoch of El Paso. Sacio Enterprises, Inc. has had the privilege and honor of painting and doing the body work here at our facility. The form and fit of the body work on this exquisite muscle car is unequaled.
The car has approximately 10,000 miles since its restoration and is a blast to drive.
Sacio Enterprises is your source for classic car restoration, custom paint design, high-end vehicle body work, and collision repairs.