1966 Chevrolet Corvette B Production Race car
This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette started life as a late-production L79-powered convertible and was rebuilt as a B Production racer in the late 1960s with custom fabrication and bodywork. It was campaigned in IMSA and SCCA events by Web Brownlee of B&B Corvettes until 1973, predominantly at Central and Northern California venues such as Laguna Seca and Sears Point. Later owners included racers John McDonald and Ken Petrie, who reportedly performed track tests to sort out additional modifications but did not race the car. Power is from a high-compression 327ci V8 with specifications detailed below, and the car is also equipped with a fresh Borg Warner T-10 4-speed gearbox and 4.11 Positraction rear end. This C2 race car has reportedly seen no competition track time since the major mechanical systems were rebuilt, and it is now being offered after just under a year in the seller’s private collection with period time sheets, logbooks, and related memorabilia.
Period racing modifications including a 1″ lowering of the body onto the welded and gusseted frame, as well as a fully-stressed roll cage spanning the cockpit and engine bay. Originally finished in Milano Maroon, fiberglass bodywork spent time in white and was repainted in its current red during Petrie’s ownership in the 1990s. The finish is described as well-maintained and is shown up close in numerous photos below.
Additional modifications added over time included rear wheel flares, deletion of bumpers and headlights, an electrical system cutoff switch, hood pins, and fender-mounted bullet mirrors. Painted and polished 15″ American Racing Torque Thrust Ds are mounted with fresh Goodyear Blue Streak race rubber. Tow hooks were recently installed front and rear, as were covers for the front turn signals.
The pebble-finished driver’s compartment contains an Accusump pump, fire bottle, and relocated battery, as well as simplified sheet metal panels. A new cover has been fitted on the Kirkey racing seat, and RaceQuip harnesses are mounted to the padded roll bar. Controls include a newer Hurst shifter and vintage-style Corvette steering wheel, with a period race wheel also included in the sale. Track-oriented instruments and switchgear are a mix of period and newer pieces.
Power is from a rebuilt and balanced 327ci V8 with a .060″ overbore, forged pistons, Carillo connecting rods, a steel crankshaft, upgraded rings and bearings, solid lifters, and a True Roller timing chain. Cylinder heads were reportedly built by Chuck Slover with roller rockers, 2.02″ valves, and a 12:1 compression ratio.
Exhaust is via polished 4-into-1 headers winding out to full-length sidepipes. Fuel is supplied by a Holley electric pump drawing from a JAZ fuel cell. Cooling is provided by a thicker radiator core from a 427ci engine. Other fresh drivetrain parts are said to include a Borg Warner T-10 4-speed gearbox with a 10.4″ diaphragm clutch assembly and a 4.11 Positraction rear end. The car can be seen running in the video below.
Suspension improvements reportedly include heavy-duty race springs and a Heim-jointed sway bar. Stopping power comes from a dual master cylinder actuating new twin-pin Delco Moraine stainless disc brakes with J-56 pads at all four corners. No competition time has been put on the engine, transmission, clutch, differential, or brakes per the seller, who has driven the car only briefly during parade laps at a local event.
Several underbody photos show the general condition of the suspension and brakes. Chassis weight is stated as 2,670 pounds empty, and a 2014 service included an oil change and and remediation of small issues discovered during a general inspection.
Time sheets, logbooks, period photos, and other memorabilia are included from California IMSA and SCCA events, including the Camel GT Challenge and Sears Point USRRC Grand Prix. The car is for track use only and does not come with a title, though a letter from the last transfer of ownership is included.
A handful of invoices for past work are also included in the sale.
Location: Jupiter / Florida
Price upon request