The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 44
1973 Chevrolet Corvette

Selling on Friday

1973 Chevrolet  Corvette

CHASSIS NO: 1Z37J4S430049

• Nicely built L48 engine with Edelbrock heads and air cleaner
• Road and Track called the ’73 Vette “best Corvette we’ve ever driven”
• Custom quad headlamps
• Stock interior with AM/FM/CD and custom steering wheel

350 cid L48 V-8 engine, 190 HP, three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, four-wheel independent front and rear suspension, four-wheel power disc brakes; wheelbase: 98”

Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark II design was clearly the influence for the C3 Vette and, by the redesign for 1973, the Corvette's transformation from raw muscle to a refined touring sports car was rolling down the road. A longer option list, combined with redesigned body mounts and radial tires really did improve Corvette's ride, and interior sound levels were reduced by 40 percent.

There’s really nothing like climbing into a Corvette cockpit and looking down that long, powerful hood. The vinyl upholstery and carpets in this car are in good condition, showing only light wear, and the removable T-tops are also in very good shape. There’s an aftermarket Panasonic AM/FM/CD in the car, but the dash may require some work before being 100 percent. Outside, the chrome rear bumper was essentially carried over from the 1972 Vette but, up front, the old chrome blade front bumper was dropped to comply with the federally required 5 mph standards. They chose an injection-molded urethane bumper cover, which was the best option to preserve the Corvette’s highly streamlined styling. This Vette has been upgraded with fixed position quad headlamps. The paint finish is very good, with only minor imperfections, and no obvious cracking. With clear glass and crisp emblems, it’s a solid car you won't have to worry about driving, yet it still looks great for weekend cruising or nearly any Corvette or custom car shows.

GM’s bulletproof 350 and Turbo Hydra-Matic three-speed transmission make a strong case as a practical and powerful drivetrain, and the ‘73 Vettes are known for their quiet and smooth road manners. Long stored and maintained in a fine Southwestern collection, this beautiful Corvette ticks many of the desirability boxes. If you ever wanted to own a significant and unique Corvette, jump at the opportunity being presented to you today.

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