This bright white 1973 Corvette convertible is the right car at the
right price. For driving, it's got plenty of V8 power and the look
will earn it envious stares everywhere you go in it. It's not a
show car, so don't expect to have to put it on a trailer for road
trips... instead, just get behind the wheel and head out to see
where the road leads you.
Originally low-key Medium Blue, this Corvette was treated to a full respray in attractive Classic White, and the effect is just as appealing as you'd think. A new nose differentiated the '73s from the earlier models and the chrome front bumperettes were gone, giving it the look that Larry Shinoda would later reveal was the Corvette team's intention all along. It isn't perfect and doesn't need constant fussing, which is just how most guys like their Corvettes. Yes, it's got a few nicks here and there, but you'd be better served thinking of them as badges of honor rather than defects. This car is driven and used as intended. Panel fit is to factory specs and the paint has a great shine that really shows up well in the sun, and a professional cut and buff would really bring it up a few notches. A shiny chrome luggage rack on the rear deck adds some useful practicality, and the chrome rear bumpers and shiny stainless rocker trim provide contrast to all that bright red paint.
Inside it carries a beautiful Midnight Blue interior, which is its factory-issued color. The seats have that comfortable, appealing look that defines the early '70s 'Vette interior, and matching door panels remain in very good condition. The gauges are original and show clean markings and only very minor fading, which suggests that this car has always been properly stored, and they all work except the clock. Deep-pile carpets, which are probably too nice to be original, will look great for years to come thanks to a set of matching carpeted floor mats. A newer AM/FM/iPod stereo head unit was swapped into the center stack for cruising and sounds surprisingly good, even with the top down. Weather protection consists of a nice-fitting white convertible top that looks great with the white paint, giving it a clean, sophisticated look that was often missing in the 1970s.
The engine is a rebuilt 350 cubic inch V8 with a few minor upgrades that make it entertaining without hurting reliability. With an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and Mallory Unilite ignition system, it's a lot more entertaining than the low-performance smog-choked 1973 powerplant, yet remains instantly recognizable as a small block Chevy. A chrome air cleaner and finned valve covers dress it up a bit and there's fresh Chevy Orange paint on the block that looks great in the all-black engine bay. The TH400 3-speed automatic transmission is plenty robust for the warmed-over small block and cracks off sharp shifts when you're running hard, yet remains unobtrusive when you're trundling around town. A fairly recent exhaust system includes mellow mufflers and correct tips under the rear bumpers and the underside of the car looks great, especially since it's mostly original. Correct Rally wheels with shiny stainless trim rings wear BFGoodrich T/A radials that are exactly the right size.
Priced right and accompanied by restoration photos, this Corvette convertible promises open-air fun the way Corvettes always have. And the best part is that you can enjoy it without worries. Call today!