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Here’s a 1973 Corvette that’s worth a close look. This is a numbers-matching L82 car that is nicely optioned with air conditioning, leather interior, power windows, tilt column, and more. It’s a real eye catcher with its Stingray lines, black paint, and chrome wheels. But it’s also a very nice driving car that makes it a pleasure to own.
As you may know, they did not offer a black Corvette in 1973. But they should have as the car looks so good in this color! Originally Elkhart Green, this one was repainted ten years ago. It looks especially sharp with the chrome 16” Torq Thrust wheels, luggage rack, and correct exhaust tips. I have a nice set of Rally wheels that are also included. Of course, 1973 is the only Corvette year with body colored urethane bumpers in front and plated steel bumpers in back, which adds to the collectability of the year.
1973 was also the first year for the T-code L82 small block. This car retains its original engine with correct VIN stamp and CLH suffix code. Note the 1973 L82 (250 hp) was essentially the same 4-bolt motor as the 1972 LT1 (255 hp) but with a different cam and lifters. This example also has a few performance parts including forged pistons, a Lunati camshaft, and an aluminum intake manifold. The transmission is a durable TH400 automatic.
This Corvette has factory power steering and power disc brakes, making it easy for anyone to drive. The vacuum headlight doors also work smoothly (which isn’t always the case on the C3 cars). The factory air conditioning has a new compressor and VIR eliminator, and has been converted to R134a.
The interior has been redone in the car’s original code 416 Medium Saddle leather. It really goes well with the black exterior, especially with the T-tops removed. The tilt / telescoping steering column is a nice feature in these cars, making it easier to get in and out. The heat and air conditioning work properly, as do the optional power windows. All instruments and gauges are good except for the clock. The wipers, horn, courtesy lights, dash lights, and e-brake all function as well. Even the seat belt indicator works, as do the shoulder belts and retractors. There is also a modern AM/FM stereo.
There are plenty of C3 Corvettes out there. Some cost more than this example and some cost less. I think this one is just right with a nice blend of features, quality, and drivability. It’s an investment that will not only look good in your garage but will also have you driving the long way home.
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