1966 427/425 Coupe

 

At first glance, one might think this is just another nicely restored big-block Corvette. But that perspective is to be significantly altered with the realization that this is a 15,000-mile original car that wears its original paint and interior.

Chip Miller was, and still is, widely considered one of the most influential innovators of the Corvette hobby for collectors and fans alike. He established Corvettes at Carlisle, and his private collection of low-mileage, unrestored, original Corvettes was hand-selected from more than 40 exceptional cars that he owned over the years. His cars were kept in climate- and humidity-controlled storage, where they were lavished with care and attention, and each was considered the finest of its type.

This rare L72 427/425 was originally delivered in 1966 to Sherwood Chevrolet of Montrose, Pennsylvania. By 1972, it had passed through just three appreciative owners and was in the care of Tom Denner. Chip Miller discovered the big-block coupe at the Cavalcade of Corvettes in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and, after realizing how impressively preserved this car is, he purchased it for roughly $6,400.

After some time with the car, he became deeply attached to it and was heard to say that he would never sell the car. He held it in the same regard as his 1953 model and L88 and claimed, “There can’t be a nicer original ’66 interior on earth.” Over the years this car earned a long list of awards, from a Bryner Award of Excellence to NCRS verifications and, in 1989, it was included in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection—strong testaments to its high quality.

The only work that has ever been done to the car was a chassis-only restoration undertaken by Kevin Mackay. This was done after much deliberation and saw the body lifted off the frame, the chassis sympathetically restored, and the engine, suspension, and other mechanical components thoroughly detailed. However, only the frame was touched.

Miller was true to his word and never sold the car. It was purchased by Michael Schudroff from his estate, and has remained in his care ever since. To date, the car has covered 15,642 miles; the rare Milano Maroon paint is exceptionally nice, given its age, the saddle interior is nearly perfect, and the car looks fabulous with its teakwood steering wheel and goldline tires—three of which are original. The car even wears a Pennsylvania inspection sticker from 1975. It seems this car is equipped with F41 suspension, a Positraction rear end, 4-speed gearbox, and off-road exhaust—great options that further enhance its rarity and prestige.

The extensive file of documentation that accompanies this car includes the 1966 owner’s manual, accessory book, radio-operating instruction pamphlet, owner protection plan, countless articles about the car, judging sheets, receipts, photos of the minor chassis restoration, letters, correspondences, and awards. It is one of the finest big-block Corvettes to be found anywhere, and with its unblemished history, impressive provenance, and vaunted status in Corvette circles, it will be an astute addition for any collector of low-mileage or original cars.