1966 CHEVY CORVETTE STYLING CHANGES
New for 1966, there was a new egg crate-style front grille and functional engine compartment cooling vents. Big block cars got Corvette crossed flag emblems above the fender vents. Big block cars also got a special power bulge hood to make room for the bigger engine. Backup lights, now standard, were incorporated into the tail lights. The vents formerly on the B-pillar on coupes disappeared in favor of a smooth panel and a much cleaner look.
1966 Chevy Corvette CONVERTIBLE
1966 Chevy Corvette COUPE
1966 Chevy Corvette INTERIORS
1966 Chevy Corvette ENGINES
1966 CHEVY CORVETTE MECHANICAL UPGRADES
The new 427ci (7.0 liter) Mark IV Big Block V8 became the new top-line Corvette engine, replacing the 396 big block. The new Turbo Jet 427 came in 2 flavors: RPO# L36 with 390hp, and RPO# L72 with 425hp. An L72-equipped 1966 Corvette could hit 60mph in just 5.7 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 14 seconds. Three 4-speed manual transmissions were available, RPO# M20 was the standard 4-speed, RPO# M21 was the close ratio gear box, and RPO# M22 was the heavy duty close ratio box. Holley carburetors became standard on all engines.