1966 Corvette Convertible Classified Ad Details$165,000.00 Part Trade? Date Posted:10/28/2019 - Naples, FL
1966 Historic Race Car
Ordered from Bob Miller Chevrolet to race with L72, J50/56 HD brakes, F41, N14 and 4:11s, and in all back. Orig Dealer Order Confirmation Card. Orig BOS. Original trim and vin tags. Racing records, photos and video of Reading Airport 1967 road race. Original owners title. Much more.
Corvette News 1966 edition cover car and article
Vette Vues June 2014 cover car and feature article
NCRS American Heritage Award
Complete provenance. Factory build in all black with the option set is likely one of one or two. Complete frame-off to as raced appearance in the photo on cover of Corvette News, considered a pinnacle point in the car's extensive racing history.
Excerpt from Vette Vues Magazine article....
Howard wanted all the high-performance options on his new Corvette. Howard occasionally visited Roger Penske’s shop to talk racing. The two of them had raced against one another and had become friends. Roger advised Howard on what he should include on his new ’66. Howard ordered the L72 425HP engine, M21 transmission, side exhaust, F41 HD suspension and 4:11 posi-traction rear for his race car. Howard’s ’63 Corvette had the optional sintered metallic brakes that he thought were excellent and questioned the new J56 brake option. Finally, after talking with the GM Zone Manager, Howard decided the J56 Heavy Duty brakes would be needed for his racing. Funny thing was Howard learned more about the J56 option after he owned the car because the Zone Manager didn’t know a lot, only to say that if you are planning to race the car, these are the brakes for you. And yes, the ’66 convertible was ordered in all black……900 Tuxedo Black paint, standard black interior and black soft top. Howard added the removable hardtop which is still with the car today.
In 1966, while at the Jefferson Hill Climb, Corvette News editor Dick Wolfe, working for publisher Joe Pike (photo right), captured Howard in action as he shot up the hill, and featured the now memorable photo on the front cover (see cover photo) of its Volume 9 Issue 6, along with a back cover photo (photo above). The issue included an article on the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association (PHA). Joe was the National Sales Promotion Manager for Chevrolet and was known as “Corvette’s #1 Ambassador”. Joe believed that owning a Corvette should be viewed as a lifestyle. He worked incessantly to create a market for the Corvette knowing the importance of race crowd to the acceptance of the Corvette. In 1998, Joe became a member of the Corvette Museum Hall of Fame and the Bloomington Gold Great Hall.
Howard was the License Chairman for the PHA and at its peak he managed 13 championship hills each year. Howard also served as the President of the Schuylkill Valley Corvette Club, a founding father, and is a life long member. The Schuylkill Valley Club, all 25 or so members strong, hosted the Jefferson Hill Climb. The Club was sponsored by Bob Miller Chevrolet which not coincidently is where Howard ordered and took delivery of his ’66. Jefferson was a power hill with steep grade and sharp turns up its .6 mile climb. Not surprisingly, with their greater torque Corvettes dominated the races.
Hill climbs were Howard’s first love. The race was against the clock. There was no one in your mirror and no one ahead to try and catch. There was no holding back. Drivers had to keep pushing it without literally going into the hay bails lining the mountains edge. It was a challenge to keep all four wheels on the ground when taking the hairpin turns. While skill and dare played a significant role you needed torque on the so-called “power hills” such as Jefferson Hill. For the spectators, there was no doubt when a big block was coming up the hill – you could tell by the sound.
Over the years, Howard averaged 7 to 8 road races a year at places like Marlboro, Pocono, Mosport, Summit Point, Watkins Glen, Reading and Shannonville. Howard took mostly 2nd and 3rd place finishes. He and his fellow racers said with Hal Keck running the 427 Cobra they all were racing for 2nd place, unless the Cobra broke. From their experiences, the mighty powerful (and much lighter) Cobra packing another 100 HP was a reliable race car.