1966 Four Kings Corvette
1966 Four Kings Corvette
The Four Kings Corvette is one of a select few 1966 Corvettes to receive the developmental L88 427 competition engine along with several other competition options. It is shown here in my Corvette Legends Invitational display at the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals or otherwise known as MCACN. This car was discovered a few years after my text book Corvette Racing Legends, the story of the L88 option package was printed. It has a very interesting racing history and ownership trail. Here is the excerpt from my 2016 annual issue of Corvette Legends Magazine if you weren’t able to make it to the show.
Harold Whims claimed second place at the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring in his white 427 powered 1966 Corvette with co-drivers Don Yenko and Dave Morgan. Sadly, this white 427 Corvette burnt to the ground a few weeks later and was an unrepairable total loss. Harold began looking for another Corvette to replace his lost one. Don Yenko informed him that an identical model was available, but it was red, not white as his former racer. This red Corvette was ordered through Yenko Chevrolet by Formula 1 driver Pedro Rodriguez who no longer wanted the car. This red Corvette was located at MacGrotty Chevrolet in Flushing New York. Harold immediately purchased it through Don Yenko.
The Aluminum Heads have casting dates of January 1966 and the correct raised snowflake casting.
This red 1966 Corvette was equipped with the unique 1966 cowl induction hood which revealed a prototype L88 427 engine beneath it. Other options included N03 36.5 gallon tank, M22 heavy duty 4-speed transmission, J56 heavy duty brakes, J50 power brakes, radio and heater deletes, transistorized ignition, shoulder harness belts, and a telescopic steering wheel.
Known as one of the “Four Kings” this Corvette was raced since day one, and has extensive documentation from many of its races. One of the most special features of this Corvette is the unique 1966 only L88 intake manifold and aluminum cylinder heads with early 1966 casting dates. Another unique feature of this L88 Corvette is the fact that the ignition module was relocated behind the driver since its initial racing days for easy accessibility and reduced heat.
Additional information about these early developmental 1966 L88 Corvettes and the 1967 L88 Corvettes will be available soon, so keep checking back with me here at Corvette Legends.