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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 Corvette prototype bumper

Yikes! This is one of the prototype bumpers that was considered for the 1973 Corvette. This was typical of many cars of the era as designers struggled to come up with acceptable solutions for the federally mandated requirements. Things would get better although at the time it wasn't easy to see it that way.

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 corvette convertible 454
Price: $9,000 obo (Trades Considered)
Exterior: dark blue
Interior: tan
Miles: 18,000
Location: maple plain mn

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1973 Corvette Power Teams Brochure List
1973 Corvette Power train details per the brochure.

1973 Corvette Hood
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 Convertible in Elkhart Green
Looking Good: 1973 Corvette Convertible in Elkhart Lake Green is auctioned at Barrett-Jackson on October 17, 2008. Hammer price was $29,500.
1973 Corvette in Corvette Orange Metallic

1973 Corvette Prototype Four Rotor Aerovette
Although the 2020 C8 Corvette is the first mid-engine Corvette to be available to the public, it is not the first mid-engine Corvette. There actually has been a considerable number of mid-engine Corvette prototypes and possibly the most significant one is the 1973 Aerovette.

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.


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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Interesting that you would call the fender louver "bland". I think it is much better & cleaner looking than its predecessors, and it's also the look the designers chose to go with on the later generation models beginning with the C-5.

Corvette Story Webmaster(California, US)says...

Hi Marty:

OK, maybe the "bland" description is a bit harsh. But I've always been a fan of egg crate grille work. I promise to think it over. Thank you for taking the time to write.


Grinmy favorite Corvette I love my 73 L-82 4-speed car

The '73 was also my favorite after falling in love with Corvettes in 1970. Sure love my C-5, though.

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