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1973 Chevrolet Camaro

For 1973, Chevrolet produced 89,988 Camaros in the United States. Of those, 32,327 were LT models, 16,133 were RS, and 11,574 were the Z28s. Chevrolet made very few changes to their 1973 Camaro. The vertical moldings on the grille were reduced from twelve to seven. The full-width front bumper bar now had black rubber faced guards. Inside, there was a new soft-rim steering wheel with four spokes. Though not very visually evident, the rear seats received more foam padding.

Chevy made 15 new colors available on the Camaro and they introduced the LT package (a $500 option), representing 'Luxury Touring'. The LT package included rocker panel accents, dual outside rearview mirrors, Hide-Away wipers, extra sound-deadening insulation, and 14 x 7 inch Rally wheel rims. Also, the inside was given full instrumentation which included a tachometer.

Available on all models (except the Z/28 package) was the new option, Turbine I wheels. The Z/28 Special Performance package was a $600 option.

The base Camaros were powered by a 250 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine delivering 100 (SAE) horsepower. The 307 CID V8 had 115 (SAE) horsepower. An automatic transmission was standard on all Camaro V8s and LT models and was a no-cost option for the Z/28. A four-speed manual with floor shift controls was available.
The Z/28 was powered by a 350 cubic-inch V8 engine featuring overhead valves, hydraulic valve lifters, and a two-barrel carburetor. Horsepower produced by this engine was 145 (SAE).


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
1973 Chevrolet Camaro 1973 Chevrolet Camaro 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 1Q87T3N119596
Sold for $49,500 at 2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona.
This Chevy Camaro Z/28 RS Coupe has less than 72,000 actual miles. It has a M21 close-ratio 4-speed transmission, original shifter and shifter knob, original 3.73 posi-traction rear end, original spare tire with jack and cover, 5-spoke Z/28 wheels mated with new GM NOS trim rings and center caps, vinyl roof, rare body side moldings, color keyed floor mats, and door handle decors with door edge guards. The cars has been treated to a complete restoration. It is finished in its original colors of paint code 11 Antique White with the YF8 Black stripes and black vinyl top.

Factory options found on this car include tachometer and gauges, bucket seats, power steering, power brakes, sport mirrors, center console, front and rear spoilers, stripe package, special suspension, positive traction, Z/28 Special Performance package combined with the Z/22 RS package and Z/21 Style Trim Group package.

The car was offered for sale at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Az. where it sold for $49,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
1973 Chevrolet Camaro 1973 Chevrolet Camaro 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Baldwin Motion Phase III Coupe
There is no disputing that the creations of Joel 'Mr. Motion' Rosen of Long Island, New York are among the most outrageous and recognized of the Supercars. By 1973, Mr. Motion was fighting the good fight and against all odds, continued to produce some high-horsepower street brawlers.

This 1973 Baldwin-Motion Phase III Camaro is powered by a 500+ horsepower balanced and blueprinted 454 cubic-inch big block engine. Although the big block was no longer offered by Chevrolet in the Camaro, Rosen would continue to offer his Phase III 454 package, with only a handful being built to order for discerning customers. In addition to the over-the-top drivetrain, this prime example of the end of the era is equipped with functional side-pipes, an L88 style fiberglass hood, the signature Motion striping and much more.

With a price tag approaching $10,000 and growing attention from the feds, Mr. Motion found it harder than ever to build his over-the-top machines, and even harder to find buyers willing to spend the money to be among the selected few who knew the difference.

This car was restored in 2000 and the restoration was supervised by Joel Rosen.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro 1973 Chevrolet Camaro 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Nickey Stage III LS6 454 Coupe
By 1973 the writing was on the wall. With tightening emission standards, ever increasing insurance rates and a general negative attitude against the gas guzzling muscle cars that were once so coveted, the days of the Dealer-built Super Car were numbered. For the Camaro, 1970 would be the last year for a factory installed big-block engine. Although a fairly high revving small block was offered, for some, there is no substitute for cubic-inches!

This 1973 Nickey Stage III Super Camaro is indeed a rare bird. In 1973, Nickey Chevrolet was sold and would become Keystone Chevrolet. Although Nickey would live on with the Nickey Speed Shop, Keystone would have no part of the 'Hi-Performance' image that meant so much in prior years. Only two documented second generation Nickey Super Camaro's are currently known to exist.

This car was sold by the original owner in 1985 and shipped off to Japan, where it would remain until discovered in 2010. Shipped back to the United States, it would undergo a cosmetic restoration to bring it back to its original Day 2 look and performance.

This LS6 454 powered beast ran a blistering 10.52 second quarter mile shortly after the original owner took delivery back in 1973, and he also set several national records. It was clearly evident that the guy who had Nickey Chevrolet build this car back in the day had one thing in mind, and that was going fast!

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The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in 1967 as a compact car specifically built to provide competition for the highly popular Ford Mustang. This pony car was built atop of the same F-Body platform as the Pontiac Firebird, which had a similar production lifespan of 1967 through 2002.During the preproduction stages of the Chevrolet Camaro, General Motors codenamed the vehicle Panther. The....
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