1966 Corvette Tanker
1966 Corvette Tanker
How often do you have the opportunity to see a 1966 Corvette Tanker? Probably not that often since there were only a total of 66 Corvettes ordered with the N03 Big Tank 36.5 gallon gas tank during the 1966 model year. Well, here’s one of them, and it’s one of the most optioned 1966 Corvettes that I’ve come across. It has a total of 17 options which makes it one of highest optioned Corvette from 1966.
I’ve discussed Tankers before and had a few displayed in my Corvette Legends Invitational display in 2015 which highlighted 1965 Corvettes. Most tankers were non racing Corvettes. They were ordered for regions in North America where great distances separated communities, and the owners of these fantastic Corvettes needed a significantly larger fuel capacity to travel from location to location.
The great state of Texas is one of these regions with a tremendous numbers of miles between towns with wide open roads that just ask Corvette owners to take advantage of the high speed cruising opportunities every time they get behind the wheel. This 1966 Corvette Tanker was ordered and sold through Tipotex Chevrolet Company in Brownsville Texas. When originally ordered, the N03 Tanker option was not selected by the dealership, but when this new Corvette was delivered from the St. Louis Missouri plant, it already had the factory installed larger capacity gas tank, option N03.
Many special order high performance Corvettes with the N03 or J56 options were reviewed by the Corvette engineering department before the actual assembly started in St. Louis. Zora Arkus-Duntov himself was known to pick up the telephone and call the individual(s) who placed the special order to discuss the proposed use of the Corvette with these special options. Once clarification was provided, the order was approved and the Corvette would soon start its way down the assembly line.
Was a telephone call made in this instance? Perhaps not, as the dealership was in the dark about the extra cost N03 option. Most likely once this Texas sized order containing sixteen options was viewed by the Corvette engineering staff, the engineers knew the conditions this loaded Corvette would be driven in, so they added the larger capacity gas tank to the order to make sure the owner would reach all of his destinations with ease. What’s one more option at this point?
This Corvette is powered by the extra cost L72 425 HP 427 cubic inch engine and is mated to a 4-speed transmission. It also has a transistor ignition K66, heavy duty power brakes J56 and J50, heavy duty suspension F41, power steering, positraction rear end, and the extra cost off road exhaust system which should not be confused with the side exhaust system option which this car did not have. On the luxurious side, this Corvette was optioned with leather seats plus headrests, power windows, a teakwood steering wheel, AM/FM radio, and tinted windows. It rolls on optional gold line tires but it was not optioned with the extra cost aluminum knock off wheels. Perhaps the person ordering this Corvette was considering adding some American Racing Torque Thrust wheels? Who knows. But don’t forget the N03 tanker option. That makes a total of seventeen options which makes this Corvette one of the highest optioned Corvettes built during the 1966 model year.
Amazingly, this car still retains its original factory installed powerplant and it is documented with a copy of the original title, the original dealer order form and the original dealer invoice.
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