The "Big Block" party was all the rage in '66, as GM® dropped the powerful 427cid engine in the new Corvette®. Yet, the 327cid remained a stalwart, time-tested option. Open the hood of this awesome model and feast your eyes on the intricately detailed re-creation of the reliable 327. And it doesn’t end there. Additional features include removable real cloth convertible top, hinged fuel cap door, complete complement of Vette emblems and genuine fiberglass body. Hand-painted in Mosport Green, it's the essential acquisition for sports car enthusiasts.
1966 was another banner year for Corvette®. This model year was the beginning of a Big Block legend that would last until 1969 and would not appear again under the hood of any Corvette® until the 2006 Z06 supercar was unveiled. In 1966, the 427 cubic inch engine was offered at two horsepower ratings--390 and the coveted L72 425. GM® originally rated this motor at 450 but later reduced it to 425 hp as an administrative change, with no changes being made to the engine itself. In the shadow of the new big block lay the faithful and time-tested 327 cubic inch engine, which continued to be the standard equipment motor in 1966.
Since 1962, this small block had been reliably pushing the Corvette® up and down the street and the strip and would continue to do so until 1969, when the 350 was introduced. Like the big block, the 327 engine was also offered in two horsepower ratings--300 being the standard base equipment engine, and for an additional $105.35 you could add the L79 350 horsepower option. While not being a 427, it fell somewhere in between and was not a bad compromise! With its lighter weight and equal compression rating, the L79 offered modest acceleration and performance that any Muscle Car enthusiast would love to have under foot. Add to this mid-sixties classic a convertible option and you had a true middle-of-the-road roadster.
Franklin Mint Precision Models is proud to offer a 1:24 scale, real fiberglass tribute to the 1966 Corvette® 327 Convertible.