REAR CHROME BUMPER 'VETTE, STRONG 350 V8, 4-SPEED, FACTORY A/C, GREAT RUNNER!!
It's easy to get hung up on pedigrees and numbers and paperwork but cars like this 1973 Corvette convertible are where the action really is. With a strong-running small block, a 4-speed, factory air, and a removable hardtop, all at a very reasonable price, you can have a lot of fun without spending five years' worth of mortgage payments to own it.
The '73s are popular because they're the last Corvettes with chrome bumpers, and we can't argue with the fact that a dash of chrome makes all the difference on a C3. Of course, bright red paint doesn't hurt either, and if you're going to drive a Corvette roadster, it may as well be high-visibility. This one was originally code 945 Blue-Green, but the transformation to Mille Miglia Red was thorough and complete, with no trace of the original color visible anywhere. During the color change, it also got all its gaps lined up just right, and if there were ever any cracks around the headlights, they've been thoroughly excised. The urethane nose cone is in excellent condition and unlike original cars, it's actually the same color as the rest of the body. In back, the familiar chrome bumper is probably original and would really respond well to a deep polish; in fact, spending a Saturday afternoon giving this car a deep clean would really pay big dividends overall. It's pretty nice, but some elbow grease would make it amazing.
The black interior is mostly new, including the seat covers, carpets, and dash pad, so it feels fresh when you slide behind the wheel. This car is a real-deal 4-speed 'Vette, which was a relative rarity in 1973, and the shifter falls easily to hand and feels instantly familiar. The gauges are probably original and in good condition, as is the rest of the dash, and it appears that everything is working except the right turn signal; even the A/C blows cold! An AM/FM stereo radio provides the entertainment, but we're guessing that once you peel the top back and unwind the 350 through the gears, you'll decide that you don't need it. It does seal up rather well and doesn't have the usual squeaks and rattles you'd expect of a vintage Corvette. Some of that is due to the tight-fitting black convertible top, and it gets even better with the removable hardtop in place, a desirable option.
The 350 cubic inch V8 isn't the original engine, but it runs so well, you won't worry about what numbers are stamped on it. A set of color-matched valve covers give it a unique look and it isn't heavily modified so reliability is still unparalleled. It could benefit from a detail job, but even as it sits, you won't hesitate to get in, turn the key, and have some fun. The 4-speed manual transmission is connected to the engine via a new clutch and there's a great-sounding dual exhaust system with correct rectangular tips out back. The undercarriage is quite clean with no signs this car has been neglected or abused and with factory Rally wheels and fat 225/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials, it looks great and sits right.
A bulk of the Corvette hobby is made up of cars just like this, and with a very reasonable sticker price, a top that goes down, and a shift-it-yourself transmission, there aren't many that are more fun. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Manual Convertible Top
- Air Conditioning
- Removable Hard Top
- Vinyl Interior
- Cassette Player
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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