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1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3

Emission standards and insurance companies were responsible for many of the changes that occurred to the Corvette and other vehicles during this period. A 5-mile-per-hour impact-resistant bumper was now part of the law. So the Corvette was fitted with a 'soft nose' bumper that complied with these new regulations. It had urethane plastic skin and was painted in the color of the body of the car and added 35 pounds to the weight of the vehicle. The hardtop's rear window was no longer removable. This was an attempt to limit exhaust fumes from entering the interior of the vehicle.

The 454-cubic-inch engine was still available but was now packing five extra horsepower over the previous year and now rated at 275 hp. It was renamed to LS4. The hydraulic-lifter L82, small block produced 250 horsepower from the cast-iron 350-cubic-inch engine. The engine and body mounts were changed and more sound insulation was added throughout the body. This stiffened the car and decreased road and mechanic noise.


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1973 Vehicle Profiles

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 vehicle information

Coupe

This 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe was once the property of wife of General Motors Styling head, Mr. Bill Mitchell. It is mildly customized with painted wheel wells, pearlescent white paint with pin striping and a hound's tooth/pearlescent leather in....[continue reading]

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 007-404

This Corvette was given to American road racer Bill Morrison for conversion into an SCCA racing entry via Morrison's fried Tony DeLorenzo, who had strong connections at Chevrolet. Along with Chuck West, Morrison built the Corvette with a number of ra....[continue reading]

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 1Z37Z3S416967

1973 was the first year for the poly front bumper and the last year for the chrome rear bumper. This was also the final year for the big block engine in the Corvette.....[continue reading]

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 1Z37J3S410290
Engine Num: 13S410208 V1207CKZ

Several detail changes to the 1937 Corvette made it more comfortable, better, and quieter than the previous year's model. The most visual changes was to the bumpers. The traditional chrome bumper was replaced with plastic energy-absorbing structures ....[continue reading]

1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 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 R....[continue reading]

Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 007-404 
Coupe
Chassis #: 1Z37Z3S416967 
Coupe
Chassis #: 1Z37J3S410290 
Coupe
Chassis #: 026-037 

  • Body-color urethane plastic front bumpers
  • Fixed rear window
  • New domed hood
  • Radial tires were standard equipment
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    Performance and Specification Comparison

    Price Comparison

    1973 Corvette C3
    $5,920-$52,000
    1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Price Range: $5,690 - $5,920

    $2,375 - $2,700
    $2,780 - $3,270
    $3,750 - $4,235

    Model Year Production

    #1#2#3Chevrolet
    1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)2,375,436
    1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)2,543,153
    1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)2,103,862
    1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,755,773
    1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,333,839
    1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)2,579,509
    1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)2,420,564
    1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)1,830,319
    1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)1,451,305
    1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)2,092,947
    1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)2,139,290

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