This 1966 Chevelle SS convertible is the kind of car that generates immense interest in our showroom and out at car shows. Why? Maybe it''s the big block under the hood, or the lovely color combination, or perhaps the fact that they only built about 5400 of them in 1966, so you''re not likely to see another one. Repainted 12 years ago, the Madiera Maroon paint still looks great. With minimal use it shows minimal wear, of course, but that also means someone really looked after it. And honestly, isn''t it easy to see yourself washing and waxing this big ragtop on a Saturday afternoon in preparation for a cruise-in that night? For many, the appeal of the ''66 models is the careful blending of the old-school quarters and rear end with a more forward-looking nose to create an icon. Plenty of chrome sets off the deep burgundy finish, all of it nicely restored and glittering like jewelry. There are correct ''396'' and ''Super Sport'' badges on the flanks, as well as a blacked-out SS grille that would be a trademark for all the fastest Chevys for years to come. With great panel alignment, doors that fit right, and those cool hood inserts, this is a car that gets attention whenever you park it. And yes, that badge on the grille means it''s an AACA National First Prize winner, so you know it''s authentic in every way. Comfortable black buckets show minor signs of use, but the restoration was carried out to the highest possible standards so they''re holding up extremely well. Matching door panels, a back seat that looks completely unused, and black carpets with the correct weave and pile are all components that helped it win that national first prize badge. The center console carries an optional clock and a shifter that looks like something from the future, and there''s a dealer-accessory "knee knocker" tachometer on the steering column in addition to the factory instruments. A woodgrained steering wheel adds a little warmth in the all-black passenger compartment, and the sounds of the AM radio will keep you company out on the road. The black convertible top still fits well and shows a crystal clear rear window, and there''s a matching black boot for when you''ve got it stowed. In the trunk, you''ll find a correct mat, full-sized spare, and jack assembly. The big deal with this car is the original, numbers-matching L35 396 cubic inch V8. With 325 horsepower, Chevy only sold 1865 of these, making it the rarest engine option that year. Fully detailed and still ready to show, it demonstrates the right way to preserve your show-winning car. The engine enamel is still shiny and hasn''t burned off from being driven (less than 300 miles in the past five years), the hoses wear correct GM stampings and tower hose clamps, and all the accessories have proper finishes. The 2-speed PowerGlide transmission shifts properly and feeds a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear. The chassis is as neat as the engine bay, although the soundtrack is compliments of Flowmaster today, and correct SS wheels wear reproduction 7.75-14 redlines. Heavily documented with build sheet, Protect-O-Plate, and owner''s manuals, this investment-grade Chevelle convertible is also a fantastic cruiser that you shouldn''t be afraid to enjoy. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.