1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Coupe / 026-037 Vehicle Information

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Chevrolet Corvette C3
Coupe
Chassis #: 026-037
In 1967, the race-oriented L-88 engined reached RPO (Regular Production Order). Development for this powerplant had begun during 1962 by Chevrolet's chief Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and field-tested as the 'Heavy-Duty 427' engine fitted in Roger Penske's Sunoco-sponsored Corvette which was driven to victory at the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour race. In 1968, the L-88 earned a GT-class win at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Jerry Thompson and Tony De Lorenzo was very successful in American SCCA racing with the L-88 and won the A/Production title for 1969.

Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.) won its class at LeMans in 1972 with an L-88 Corvette.

In total, just 216 examples of the L-88 Corvettes were built during the model's three-year production run.

This particular Corvette was built by Fred Kepler in 1972 from an original L-71 'Tri-Power' 427 car to race in FIA, IMSA, and SCCA Trans Am and A/Production. The car was prepared to full L-88 specification with the 427 engine offering 650 horsepower and mated to an M-22 'Rock Crusher' four-speed engine, with sponsorship by VelveTouch.

The car contested both SCCA Trans Am and IMSA events wearing numbers 26 and 36 respectively with co-drivers Bob Sharp and John Orr. This Corvette placed 2nd in GTO and 4th Overall at the Bryan IMSA three-hour race in September of 1972. In November of that year, this Corvette finished 5th in GTO and 10th Overall at the season finale IMSA Daytona 250.

In 1973, the Corvette continued to expand its credentials iwht a 10th place finish in the GT Class at the Watkins Glen six-hour FIA race. During the 1973 and 1974 seasons, the car also competed in SCCA Trans-Am at Watkins Glen.

Mr. Fred Kepler won the New York Region SCCA A/Production Championship in 1973 and was invited to compete at the elite-level American Road Race of Champions (AARC) at Road America. However, after leading for the first three laps, the Corvette was classified DNF with brake failure.

In 1974, Fred Kepler sold the Corvette to Tom Rynone who continued to campaign the car in SCCA A/Production, Trans Am and IMSA races. Co-drivers with Mr. Rynone included Neil and Michael Wiernicki, Mike Oleyar, and David Kicak.

The Corvette was eventually retired from racing following an accident at the FIA July 12, 1981 Watkins Glen 6-Hour. During 2000, Mr. Rynone sold the Corvette to the current owner, who had it totally restored with the frame off to its 1972/73 livery and maintaining many of the suspension components and other details from the early 1970s.

After the restoration was completed, the Corvette returned to the track at the invitational 2010 Rolex Monterey Historic Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with the owner's son finishing 2nd to the fastest Porsche 935. At Sonoma, he took pole position and won its class against the same 935. At the 2011 Monterey Historics, this Corvette was awarded a Monterey Trophy for performance and historic presentation.

Currently, this Corvette is a restored period racing example powered by a proper L-88 427 V-8 offering 650 horsepower. The body, interior, paint, and lettering are all consistent with its active days of competition. It is listed in the Registry of Corvette racecars.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017


2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Lot was not sold

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1973 sales)
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$29,150
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for USD$28,600
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Chassis#: 1Z37Z3S421070
Sold for USD$23,100
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$14,300
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$27,500
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2 DOOR COUPE
Sold for USD$18,020
  2019 McCormick's - # 67
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$10,250
  2019 Fall Carlisle Auction
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$9,100
  2019 Fall Carlisle Auction
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette
Chassis#: 1Z37J4S430049
Sold for USD$9,900
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$27,500
  2019 Mecum : Dallas
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Sold for USD$18,700
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
Sold for USD$14,300
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$9,350
  2019 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for USD$10,750
  2019 GAA : July 2019
 
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 454/275
Chassis#: 1Z37Z3S429588
Sold for USD$33,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$23,650
  2019 Mecum Portland
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$16,500
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$14,850
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$17,600
  2019 Mecum : Houston
 
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for USD$14,300
  2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$23,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Collector Car Productions The Manitoba No Reserve Collection$22,500  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Harrisburg$28,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Harrisburg$11,500  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1973 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1973 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Spring Carlisle Auction   
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2019 Leake OKC 2019$15,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$17,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$28,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle   
1973 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle   
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Louisville$12,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2018 Mecum : Portland$22,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$35,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$45,000$50,000$75,000
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE1Z67T3S4088312018 Premier Auction Group$20,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City$24,000  
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE1Z37J3S4094842018 GpK Auctions Atlantic City$13,750  
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE1Z37J3S4134462018 GpK Auctions Atlantic City   
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$12,500  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Targa Coupe (LHD) 2017 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic $36,000$42,000
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas   
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $28,000$32,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Race Car026-0372017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction $300,000$400,000
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Denver$17,500  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2017 Mecum : Houston$30,000  
1973 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Silver Auction Arizona in March 2017$10,000  
1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 454 2017 McCormick's # 62$27,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31969 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 194379S733382
Engine Num: T0702LP 19S733382
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31972 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 1Z67W2S507664
Engine Num: T1II2CSS 12S507664
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Coupe
Chassis Num: 007-404
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Coupe
Chassis Num: 026-037
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1Z37J3S410290
Engine Num: 13S410208 V1207CKZ


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