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1973 Corvette: front, rear view
1973 Chevrolet Corvette
Government mandated safety regulations that made their first appearance in 1968 became more intrusive with the introduction of the 1973 Corvette. New laws required all cars to be able to sustain a five mph impact on the front without damaging lights or other safety gear. The bumper system consisted of a injection molded urethane cover, which, due to the flex agent in the paint, was often a slightly different shade than the rest of the car.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette Front Fender Also gone was the "ice cube" style grille front fender louver, which was replaced by a rather bland and untrimmed recess which implied brake cooling. The "Stingray" script remained.

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1973 Green Corvette Convertibl
Price: $22,999 obo (Trades Considered)
Exterior: green
Interior: tan
Miles: 1
Location: Martinsburg

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1973 Green Corvette Convertible This corvette has had the same owner since 1976. This numbers matching corvette is optioned out with tilt & telo steering wheel, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tan convertible top, deluxe interior, rally wheels, AM/FM/Cassette, original 1973 front grills, clock, seat belts, and much more (more)

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A new hood made an appearance in 1973 and the new design eliminated the need for the moveable panel that was raised to allow the windshield wipers to do their thing. The mechanism was troublesome so it probably wasn't missed.

The rear window would no longer be removable. The idea was to give a more open feeling, but excessive wind buffeting meant that it was little used.

1973 Corvette brochure illustration
GM brochure courtesy Skip Marketti of The Nethercutt Collection
Some steps were taken to make the Corvette a quieter place to drive and ride in, including the addition of sound deadening material on some inner panels, a hood pad and improved chassis mounts.
1973 Corvette in Corvette Orange Metallic
1973 Corvette in Mille Miglia Red: Official GM Photo

1973 Corvette: Official GM Photo.


1973 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
Custom Interior Trim 13,434 (44.10%) $154.00
Optional Rear Axle Ratio 1,791 (5.88%) $12.00
A31 Power Windows 14,024 (46.03%) $83.00
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (standard with coupe) 788 (2.59%) $41.00
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 1,328 (4.36%) $267.00
C08 Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop) 323 (1.06%) $62.00
C50 Rear Window Defroster 4,412 (14.48%) $41.00
C60 Air Conditioning 21,578 (70.83%) $452.00
J50 Power Brakes 24,168 (79.33%) $46.00
L82 350 cu. in. 250hp Engine 5,710 (18.74%) $299.00
LS4 454 cu. in. 275hp Engine 4,412 (14.48%) $250.00
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 3,704 (12.16%) n/a
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 17,927 (58.85%) n/a
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 17,949 (58.92%) $82.00
N40 Power Steering 27,872 (91.49%) $113.00
P02 Deluxe Wheel Covers 1,739 (5.71%) $62.00
QRM White Stripe Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 19,903 (65.33%) $32.00
QRZ White Letter Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 4,541 (14.91%) $45.00
T60 Heavy Duty Battery (standard with LS4) 4,912 (16.12%) $15.00
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo 12,482 (40.97%) $276.00
U69 AM-FM Radio 17,598 (57.77%) $173.00
UF1 Map Light (on rearview mirror) 8,186 (26.87%) $5.00
YF5 California Emission Test 3,008 (9.87%) $15.00
YJ8 Cast Aluminum Wheels (5) 4 (0.01%) $175.00
Z07 Off Road Suspension and Brake Package 45 (0.15%) $369.00

Total Production: 30,464
Coupe: 25,521 (83.77%)
Convertible: 4,943 (16.23%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 190 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $5,561.50.
Base Corvette Convertible with 350 cu. in. 190 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $5,398.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
910 Classic White n/a Black / Dark Red / Dark Saddle / Midnight Blue / Medium Saddle Black / White Silver
914 Silver n/a Black / Dark Red / Dark Saddle / Midnight Blue / Medium Saddle Black / White Silver
922 Medium Blue n/a Black / Midnight Blue / M Black / White Silver
927 Dark Blue n/a Black / Dark Red / Midnight Blue / Medium Saddle Black / White Silver
945 Blue-Green n/a Black / Dark Red / Dark Saddle / Medium Saddle Black / White Silver
947 Elkhart Green n/a Black / Medium Saddle Black / White Silver
952 Yellow n/a Black / Dark Saddle / Midnight Blue Black / White Silver
953 Metallic Yellow n/a Black / Midnight Blue Black / White Silver
976 Mille Miglia Red n/a Black / Dark Red / Dark Saddle / Midnight Blue / Medium Saddle Black / White Silver
980 Orange n/a Black / Medium Saddle / Midnight Blue / Dark Saddle Black / White Silver

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Rex Wegner says...
Grinmy favorite Corvette I love my 73 L-82 4-speed car
15th October 2014 8:54pm
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