1966 Chevrolet Corvette - So Subtle, So Fine

"Coupester" Combines Classic C2 Lines With New Tech Hardware

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Outstanding: Jeff Hess' Coupester is one of the finest C2s you'll ever see. This past February, Grand National Roadster Show-goers got to see it up close.

Data File: '66 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupester
Owned by: Jeff Hess and Sheila Williams, Woodland Hills, California
Built by: Vestris Vettes, Orange County, California
Magnificently maintained by: Mike Gaglio's Auto Detailing & Restoration, Northridge, California

Modified production '66 Corvette Sting Ray coupe
Modifications: Corvette America '67 big-block Sting Ray hood with functional hoodscoop; functional fender vents; custom bumpers with integral LEDs for front parking lights/rear turn signals and back-up lights; powdercoated taillight bezels and fogged taillight lenses; Callaway Double D exhaust tips; polished '64 Sting Ray grille; C3 sport mirrors, C5 door handles, '67 Sting Ray gas cap with "Coupester" logo
Bodywork and paint preparation: Eagleton's Custom Auto Paint, Huntington Beach, California
Paint: PPG Urethane Black with two-tone charcoal stinger and pinstriping; Paint applied by: Eagleton's Custom Auto Paint, Huntington Beach, California; Pinstriping/graphics applied by: Bob Iverson, Fountain Valley, California

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Frame: Original production '66 Sting Ray frame, powdercoated
Suspension: Vette Brakes & Products (VBP) Monoleaf system with Bilstein shocks, front and rear
Steering: Steeroids rack-and-pinion replaced OEM Saginaw recirculating-ball system
Brakes: Stainless Steel Brakes (SSBC) rotors and calipers all around
Wheels: Budnik Smoothies, 17x8 inches (front) 17x10 inches (rear)
Tires: Toyo PXTPT, 215/55R17 front, 235/50R17 rear

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GM Powertrain LS7 overhead-valve V-8
Handbuilt by: GM Powertrain Performance Build Center, Wixom, Michigan
Modifications: None needed (Items like a dry-sump oiling system, titanium connecting rods/intake valves and CNC-ported aluminum heads are all OEM)
Displacement: 427 ci (7.0L)
Compression ratio: 11.1:1
Ignition: OEM GM coil-on-plug
Induction: OEM GM electronic fuel-injection system
Exhaust: S&P headers and custom-fabricated 3-in exhaust pipes (all HOC coated)
Horsepower: 505 at 6300 rpm (advertised)
Torque: 470 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm (advertised)

GM 4L65E electronic overdrive automatic transmission
Shifter: Bowtie Overdrives' custom shifter with custom Callaway knob and integral reverse lock-out
Rearend: Modified production '66 Sting Ray rearend with RPO G80 Positraction

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Modified '66 Sting Ray interior
Modified by: Fiber Technology, Huntington Beach, California
Modifications: Customized C2 seats with integral head rests; billet shifter plate; Budnik Flat Track CV-3 steering wheel with full leather wrap; power windows; Lokar vent window cranks
Upholstery: Dove Grey leather
Carpets: Charcoal cut-pile
Instrumentation: Auto Meter white-face gauges (including speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, fuel level, and ammeter)
Sound system: Kenwood AM/FM/CD head unit and CD changer, Alpine amplifier and speakers; Sound system installed by: Beach Auto Sound, Huntington Beach, California
HVAC: Vintage Air


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