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1966 Corvette Production and Performance Numbers


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Model Year Highlights
Exterior:
  • Roof vents were removed from the coupe.
  • New available colors: Laguna Blue, Milano Maroon, Mosport Green, Nassau Blue, Rally Red, Silver Pearl, Sunfire Yellow, Trophy Blue.
Interior:
  • Door pulls consisted of bright metal.
  • Headrests were an available option.
  • Headliners consisted of vinyl-covered foam instead of fiberboard.
Mechanical:
  • The M22 Muncie "Rock Crusher" transmission became a regular production option.
  • 1966 was the first year for the 427 ci engine. This engine initially listed at 450 hp, but the rating (not the output) was reduced to 425 hp for unknown reasons, shortly after production began.
  • Holley carburetors became standard equipment on all 1966 Corvette engines.
  • Rear backup lights became standard equipment.

Available Options
RPO Description Price Production   RPO Description Price Production
19437 Base Coupe $4,295.00 9,958   L72 427ci, 450/425hp Engine $312.85 5,528
19467 Base Convertible $4,084.00 17,762   L79 327ci, 350hp Engine $105.35 7,591
NA Genuine Leather Seats $79 2,002   M20 4-speed Manual Transmission $184.35 10,837
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows $15.80 11,589   M21 4 Speed Manual, Close Ratio Transmission $184.35 13,903
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, Windshield $10.55 9,270   M22 4 Speed Manual, Close Ratio, Heavy Duty Transmission $237 15
A31 Power Windows $57.95 4,562   M35 Powerglide Automatic Transmission $194.85 2,401
A82 Headrests $42.15 1,033   N03 36-Gallon Fuel Tank (Coupe) $198.05 66
A85 Shoulder Belts $26.35 37   N11 Offroad Exhaust System $36.90 2,795
C05 Convertible Top - White $0.0 NA          
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (Convert.) $231.75 8,463   N14 Side Mount Exhaust System $131.65 3,617
C48 Heater/Defroster Delete -$97.85 54   N32 Teakwood Steering Wheel $47.40 3,941
C60 Air Conditioning $412.90 3,520   N36 Telescopic Steering Column $42.15 3,670
F41 Special Front/Rear Suspension $36.90 2,705   N40 Power Steering $94.80 5,611
G81 Positraction Rear Axle (all ratios) $42.15 24,056   P48 Cast Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels $316 1,194
J50 Power Brakes $42.15 5,464   P92 Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15 Rayon Cord $31.30 17,969
J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes $342.30 382   T01 Goldwall Tires 7.75 x 15 Nylon Cord $46.55 5,557
K66 Transistor Ignition System $73.75 3,686   U69 AM/FM Radio $199.10 26,383
L36 427ci 390hp Engine $181.20 5,116   V74 Traffic Hazard Switch $11.60 5,764
Production:  Coupes: 9,958  Convertibles:  17,762  Total:  27,720

Color Options
RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # Lucite # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
900 Tuxedo Black DDL-9300 NA 88-L A-946 B-BB-BK-G-R-S-SI-WB Beige/Black/White 1,190
972 Ermine White DDL-8259 NA 4024-L A-1199 B-BB-BK-G-R-S-SI-WB Beige/Black/White 2,120
974 Rally Red DDL-71491 NA 4688-LH A-1744R BK-R Beige/Black/White 3,366
976 Nassau Blue DDL-13057 NA 4690-L A-1747 B-BB-BK-WB Beige/Black/White 6,100
978 Laguna Blue DDL-13188 NA 4710-L A-1826 B-BB-BK Beige/Black/White 2,054
980 Trophy Blue DDL-13199 NA 4712-L A-1825 B-BB-BK Beige/Black/White 1,463
982 Mosport Green DDL-43535 NA 4713-L A-1827 BK-G Beige/Black/White 2,311
984 Sunfire Yellow DDL-81540 NA 4711-L A-1828 BK Beige/Black/White 2,339
986 Silver Pearl DDL-32449 NA 4621-L A-1708 BK-SI Beige/Black/White 2,967
988 Milano Maroon DDL-50706 NA 4689-LM A-1746M BK-S Beige/Black/White 3,799
B=Blue, BB=Bright Blue, BG=Beige, BK=Black, G-Green, L=Leather, R=Red, S=Saddle, SI=Silver, V=Vinyl, W=White, WB=White and Blue

1966 Exterior Paint Chips

Interior Color Codes
RPO Color Ditzler # Dupont # Production
Std Black / Vinyl NA NA NA
402 Black / Leather NA NA NA
407 Red / Vinyl NA NA NA
408 Red / Leather NA NA NA
414 Bright Blue / Vinyl NA NA NA
415 Bright Blue / Leather NA NA NA
418 Blue / Vinyl DL13241 9283-L NA
419 Blue / Leather DL13241 9283-L NA
420 Saddle / Vinyl NA NA NA
421 Saddle / Leather NA NA NA
426 Silver / Vinyl NA NA NA
427 Silver / Leather NA NA NA
430 Green / Vinyl NA NA NA
450 White & Blue / Vinyl NA NA NA

1966 Interior Color Chips

Convertible Top Quantities
Color Production
Beige 411
Black 7,259
White 8,739
Codes:  B=Blue, BG=Beige, BK=Black, L=Leather, R=Red, S=Saddle, SI=Silver, V=Vinyl, W=White

Note:  Eleven 1966 Corvettes were built using non-standard colors or primer.

Performance Review
Magazine GM Spec. C&D R& T SCG MT
Pub. Date NA 8/1965 8/1965 12/1965 3/1966
Engine NA 427/425 hp/460 lb-ft 427/425 hp/415 lb-ft 427/425 hp/460 lb-ft 427/425 hp/460 lb-ft
Transmission NA 4-spd. man 4-spd. man 4-spd. man 4-spd. man
Final Drive Ratio: NA 3.36 3.70 4.11 4.11
0-30 mph NA 3.2 sec 3.1 sec 2.6 sec 2.5 sec
0-40 mph NA 3.8 sec 3.8 sec 3.5 sec NA
0-50 mph NA 4.6 sec 4.8 sec 4.2 sec 4.2 sec
0-60 mph NA 5.4 sec 5.7 sec 4.8 sec 5.6 sec
0-70 mph NA 6.9 sec 7.5 sec 6.4 sec NA
0-75 mph NA NA NA NA 7.3 sec
0-80 mph NA 7.8 sec 8.9 sec 7.3 sec NA
0-90 mph NA 9.0 sec NA 9.7 sec NA
0-100 mph NA 10.6 sec 13.4 sec 11.2 sec NA
1/4 Mile (sec/mph) NA 12.8 / 112.0 14.1 / 103.0 NA 13.4 / 105.0
Top Speed NA NA 136.0 mph 140.0 mph NA
Braking NA NA NA NA NA
Handling NA NA NA NA NA
Key:  C&D:  Car and Driver, MT:  Motor Trend, R&T:  Road and Track, SCG:  Sports Car Graphic