1973 Chevrolet Corvette C3 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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There’s big savings to be had if you can forego the early-model chrome bumpers

It’s the earlier, and arguably prettier, C2 Corvette that international collectors may flock to, but the C3 offers a dramatic value proposition if you’re after a casual weekend cruiser.

Even within the C3 generation, there are various distinctions within that could see collectors pay up to double for the right year and car.

The C3 Corvette ditched its beloved chrome bumpers in 1974 with an all-fibreglass affair – ’73 cars saw the front smoothed out with the new fibreglass cone, but the rear retaining its classic chrome touch.

It’s the early cars that demand the most cash, not just for their looks; but also for the free-flowing 5.7lt V8 which was throttled in later years by tightening ‘smog’ and emissions regulations in the US. From 1973 to 1979 – power output for the C3’s V8 dwindled from 145kW down to 134kW.

This 1973 C3 ragtop seemingly occupies the sweet spot in the generation.

The fibreglass nose means the car is much more affordable than an earlier chrome bumper car, but you still get the prettier rear end. And being a ’73, you still get the higher-output 145kW V8.

The C3 presents well throughout with just over 100,000 miles on the clock (160,000kms).

Still in its native left-hook configuration, the seller describes it as a car that’s "all standard and hasn’t been fiddled with or modified", pointing to the original steering wheel, radio etc.

The car has been upgraded, however, with power assisted brakes and has had front and rear suspension rebuilt, new front and rear shockers; and countless new rubbers, bushes, gaskets, hoses and engine mounts.

 The vacuum system works well and the engine cooling system has had a full service.

Paint and interior trip looks to be in good condition from the photos, and the soft top is said to be in excellent condition.

The seller points out that a couple of things could be addressed: there are a few cracks at the tip of the fibreglass nose cone, and they state that the bottom of the driver’s side door car is "a bit tatty".

Overall however, it looks like a very presentable classic US roadster, with only minor things to address.

If you’re after a dramatic weekend cruiser, the C3 ‘Vette makes a compelling case for $34,800 (or nearest offer).

It’s based in Victoria and you can check out the full listing here!


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