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Should be easy to verify the L79 heritage with history and ownership as stated. The CE block knocks a fair amount of value off. Has wrong shifter handle, upgraded dual braking system and incorrect rally wheels/red lines. Has been re-painted as evidenced by missing black paint on door sills and missing trim ahead of front wheels. Absence of shields on interior door panels usually means they've been replaced at some point. No pics of the underside and not enough info in the written ad to make a determination on this one.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Chevr...m34084662ea:g:LaAAAOSwu89crM2Y&frcectupt=true

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Interesting car. So not a crayon-marked, date code-matched all original drivetrain L-79, but an actual L-79 car and nothing to sneeze at in its current condition. Red with black, even repainted and reupholstered is still a great combo, and you're still looking at a 327/350 4-speed car. And if it isn't $50K, then it's sure preferable to some of the $30-$40K 2nd generation foolishness you see for sale.

Could be a fun car to drive with an actual history, and some parts searches and Saturday shop days could have it even closer. Might be more fun than a $80K numbers matching car that you'd be afraid to drive.
 

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I understand why an L-79 with CE block is not worth as much as an L-79 with its original block. But, why wouldn't an "authenticated, verified" L-79 car with CE block be worth more than an non-authenticated 66 L-79 with a verified L-79 engine? Isn't the value of an L-79 in the car more than the engine?

Not sure if my question is clear, but it seems that a CE engine in a verified L-79 shouldn't impact value that much.
 

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I understand why an L-79 with CE block is not worth as much as an L-79 with its original block. But, why wouldn't an "authenticated, verified" L-79 car with CE block be worth more than an non-authenticated 66 L-79 with a verified L-79 engine? Isn't the value of an L-79 in the car more than the engine?

Not sure if my question is clear, but it seems that a CE engine in a verified L-79 shouldn't impact value that much.
The value decrease of a documented L79 car with a CE block will be less than a verified original engine in an undocumented L79. The so called 'verified' engine in the undocumented car will be just as suspect as the car itself and it may be impossible to prove the engines authenticity beyond a shadow of a doubt. In this case, the value decrease could be substantial.

Most L79 buyers want documented, numbers matching cars and will pay the money to get them. Anything less than that will likely not be of interest to them. Other buyers will be happy to pay somewhat less money for the documented L79 with the CE engine, especially if there is written evidence as to how that change came about. It's still an L79. However, there will always be doubt that the engine in the undocumented car, even with apparent correct stampings, is the 'born with' engine and that the car overall is a factory L79.

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