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May 19, 2018

This 1966 Corvette convertible is very possibly a “one of one” factory build in all black with the 425hp L72 Special High Performance Engine, heavy duty J56/J50 power brakes, heavy duty F41 suspension, side exhaust and 4:11 rear end. All of these options are listed on the original bill of sale. The car was ordered to race and started racing in 1966 as part of the Philadelphia Hill Climb Association (PHA) and later raced in A/P class at the well known road races.

The build of the car is factory documented with the Dealer Order Confirmation card. Rare piece of documentation.

In addition, the original bill of sale from Bob Miller Chevrolet also lists all of the options on the car.

Within a short time after its purchase and configured with the role bar, widened original wheels and white stripes and lettering the car was photographed cresting a hill top at Jefferson Hill Climb and Editor Joe Pike decided to place car on the front and back cover of Corvette News.

In 2010, this 1966 Corvette was the recipient of the NCRS American Heritage Award in recognition of the car’s documented racing history (including photos and records), factory build documentation (including ordered to race), and current appearance during its most important period, that being as photographed racing at the 1966 Jefferson Hill Climb for the cover of Corvette News.

The provenance of this car is unbroken from the day it was ordered. All owners are known. The original owner 1966-1992 has shared his long and eventful history with the car, which has been recorded on disk. After being shown at several NCRS events, the car was carefully restored in 2006-2007 to appear as raced and featured on the cover of 1966 Corvette News Volume 9, Issue 6. The provenance was featured in Vette Vues, June 2014.


Corvette News Magazine
1966: Volume 9 Number 6
Cover Car.

Chips Choice
August 24-26, 2007
Reunion with original owner and driver Howard Fetterolf. August 26, 2007

Hershey Race Car Reunion

Corvette Magazine
July 2009
Feature Article with professional photo shoot (pictures on disk)

NCRS American Heritage Award
One of approx 55-60 Corvettes.
August 2010, NCRS National Convention. Charlotte, NC

NCRS Gallery XI of Corvettes
Corvettes at Carlisle
August 28, 2011

Vette Vues Magazine
June 2014
Cover Car and Feature Article

Raced against:
Roger Penske, Don Yenko, George Wintersteen, Oscar Kovaleski, Hal Keck, Tom Morgan, David Walters

Raced at:
Pocono, Marlboro, Mosport, Summit Point, Watkins Glen, Reading, Shannonville,

Jefferson Hill Climb, Duryea, Giants Despair, Weatherly, Hershey, Rose Valley

Factory Ordered Options:
M21 Close Ratio Transmission
J56/J50 heavy duty power brakes (1 of 382)
N14 Side Exhaust
F41 heavy duty suspension

Paint Code 900 (1 of 1190)
Trim Code STD
Tinted Glass

Original Bill of Sale: Bob Miller Chevrolet
Dealer Order Confirmation Card.
Unbroken Ownership History
Original owner signed glove box August 26, 2007
Racing records starting 1966.
Racing photos starting 1966

Frame off restored 2007 to as appeared ascending the Jefferson Hill Climb in 1966.
Original trim tag.
Original VIN Tag
Matching numbers restoration engine (All correct and very well done)
Original M21 transmission.
Original interior with new carpets. Original drivers seat and seat belt in a box.
Lacquer paint
Added power steering.

Will consider a partial trade of C2 or C3 LT-1 or ?

Offered at $235k.



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Now this is a caaaar! Makes restomods look silly too


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Amazing car Tom! GLWS
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THANKS for the picts. Super neat restored race Corvette!
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Very very nice. Thanks!
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Very nice car!! GLWS!!!
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Wonderful just blew my mind out seeing this real deal car! Thinking of getting a 66 big block, plus this would be sweet at Watkins Glen to have some additional fun! I would have to sell all my toys for this special monster. It would be worth it to me to have that car.
I will be in touch. Just what I wanted a triple black 66 L72. What is quadruple black? Triple is body, interior and top.. oh the hardtop makes 4!

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Disgustingly hot..........What a VETTE..........Bad boy Black too.....WOW.....and i agree - makes resto-mods look like kids in diapers........or wannabe's....

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Neat car. Curious - was it raced with a stock L72 - no headers, etc? Or did they restore it mechanically to "as delivered"?
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Neat car. Curious - was it raced with a stock L72 - no headers, etc? Or did they restore it mechanically to "as delivered"?
From what I know as fact, when the original owner was at a race, Zora spoke with him about headers and that proper headers would add 50-60 hp to the L72. There is a photo that documents the exchange. I am not sure if the owner added headers but at some point I would suspect so.

The car was restored mechanically to be as delivered. Power steering was added so it's not an original installed option on this car. All other options were selected by the original owner when he ordered the car.

Interestingly, no one including the local GM rep could elaborate at the time about the new for '66 J56 brakes, other than if you plan to race the car you should have these brakes. Hill climbing was all about the engine having the torque to power the car and the driver having the balance between sensibility and courage to push the limits of handling whike keeping the car on the hill.... and not into the hay bails or worse yet over the side.
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Dig those ORIGINAL owner-cut rear fenders!
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Does anyone know where Howard was originally from?


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Howard Fetterolf bought the car new at Bob Miller Chevrolet in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and began racing it in Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association events. He raced at both hill climb and SCCA events thru 1972 at Hershey, Jefferson, Giants Despair, Duryea Drive, and Weatherly. He also averaged 7 to 8 road races a year at places like Marlboro, Pocono, Watkins Glen, Nelson Ledges, and Summit Point. He drove the car hard, over the years that accounted for at least five blown engines, a few blown rears, and lots of fun. By the early 70s his racing activities started to diminish and the fun factor began to decrease. The car was featured on the cover of CORVETTE NEWS VOL 9, #6 in the fall of 1966. The car was raced at other hill climbs in New York and New Jersey and also raced in A/P class at SCCA Philadelphia Region events. The car was sold to a good friend in 1992, and then traded hands to Nick Culkowski at the 2001 Corvettes of Carlisle event and was then sold to Bill Skinner who restored it original race condition as seen on the CORVETTE NEWS Cover. Bill had the car certified with a NCRS Heritage Award, and then the car was sold again to Tom Tramutola in November 2011.

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Beautiful car in 66 racing condition, thanks for sharing and GLWS.
The "Team Schnapps" decals on the fenders are a nice touch.
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Cool!! These are the kind of Vette's I like!
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