Seven Hills Motorcars is
Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist anda licensed and
registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio. With many years of
focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM
classics. There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs
if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about
your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am. Founded in 2005, this is
a very focused operation. We do it because we enjoy it. We are a
collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.
I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it
is special or rare and because we like it.
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Seven Hills Motorcars is proud to offer this beautiful 1973 Corvette
in spectacular condition and with only 35,725 original miles and
with the numbers matching engine and a 4-Speed manual transmission.
This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an excellent
driver. This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an
excellent driver. The car is totally solid with nice lines and no
rust issues. The Dark Blue Metallic over Black Vinyl is one of the
most striking and desirable color combinations available and looks
great on the car. It is also the correct and original color scheme
as verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured below.
This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Corvette that is
ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could
easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price
in years to come as the market on C3 Corvettes is strong right now
and on the rise and 1973 is a special year. The low original mileage
is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear
Ohio title showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the
photos, the extensive list of numbers, video, and information below
to get a true sense of how nice and clean this Corvette really is.
As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction
vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful
inspection. Our Corvettes come from owners who
expect their car to go to someone that will give the vehicle
the same care and attention as they did. We invite and
encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car
inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each
picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest
extent so you can feel confident about your purchase.
If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a
The 1973 Corvette was truly the end of an era. 1973 was the last
year to feature a chrome bumper and is considered by some to be the
last year of truly classic Corvettes. Model years after were more at
the mercy of insurance companies, fuel prices, and emission
concerns, 1973 is considered the last "good" year by many
enthusiasts. The 1973 model year is also considered a special and
different year for Corvette enthusiasts as it was the only model to
have chrome in the back and a rubber bumper in the front. It is
representative of the transition Corvette was making at the time. As
in investment, the 1973 will always have an advantage and out
perform other years because of its precedence as the end of a a very
great period for Corvette and muscle cars as a whole.
Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the
correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but
all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This means
that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct
order. For example, all of the dates for the individual engine
components and the engine casting date should obviously precede
the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be
produced before they could be assembled. Most of the parts I
checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.
The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of
GM. The "Z" is the series, Corvette. The "37" is the body
style, sport coupe. The fifth digit is the engine, J,
correct for an L48 Corvette. The sixth digit, "3," indicates
the model year, 1973. The "S" is the plant where the car was
produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a sequence
number so this is the 9,843rd Corvette made for 1973.
Body Build Date
"E" corresponds to December, and "13" is the thirteenth day
of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is
December 13, 1972.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant. The
"12" is the twelfth month of year and the "07" is the
seventh day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
December 7, 1972. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for an L48 Corvette with a
manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409843, are stamped on
the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number
The engine block has a 3970010 casting number, which is
correct for a small block 1973 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date
K 11 2
"K" is November, "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and
the "2" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on November 11, 1972, which is correct as it
predates the assembly date.
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has the correct 3997771 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Date
K 30 2
"K" is November, "30" is the thirtieth day of the month, and
the "2" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake
manifold was cast on November 30, 1972, which is correct as
it predates the assembly date.
The distributor is original and correct for a 1973 Corvette
with a 1103353 stamping on the band.
Distributor Date Code
The "2" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "H"
denotes August, and "30" is the thirtieth day of the month
meaning the distributor was made on August 30, 1972. This is
correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
The alternator is original and correct for a 1973 Corvette
with a/c with a 1100544 stamping.
Alternator Date Code
The "2" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "L"
denotes November, and "13" is the thirteenth day of the
month meaning the alternator was made on November 13, 1972.
This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
The carburetor has the correct number for a 1973 L48
Corvette with a manual transmission. The "70" is a code used
on all Rochester carbs from 1965-1975. The third digit, "4,"
indicates it was made in the 1970 to 1975 production run.
The fourth digit, "3," is the model year, 1973. The fifth
digit, "2," indicates that it is a 4BBL Quadrajet carb. The
seventh digit, "0," means is was built for the Chevrolet
division of GM. The last digit, "3," means it was intended
for use in a manual transmission car.
Carburetor Date Code
The first three digits, "332," are the 332nd day of the year
and the final digit, "2" is the last digit of the calendar
year so the carburetor was made on November 17, 1972.
Left Exhaust Manifold Casting Number
The left side exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461
casting number for a 1973 with the L48 engine.
Right Exhaust Manifold Casting Number
The right side exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461
casting number for a 1973 with the L48 engine.
The bell housing has the correct 3899621 casting number.
Transmission Main Case Casting Number
The main case of the transmission has the correct 3925661
Transmission Tail Housing Casting Number
The tail housing of the transmission has the correct 3978764
Transmission Side Cover Casting Number
The side cover of the transmission has the correct 3952648
Transmission Date Code
The "P" indicates that this is a Muncie transmission. The
"3" indicates the model year, 1973. The "R" is the tenth
month of the year and the "31" is the thirty-first day of
the month. The "A" is a suffix letter that indicates the
gear ratio, wide Ratio. So this is a Muncie 4-Speed
transmission that was assembled on October 31, 1973.
Transmission VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409843, are stamped on
the main case meaning this transmission is original to this
LR W 339 E 2
The "LR" indicates a 3.36 gear ratio with positraction. The
"W" is the plant where it was produced, Warren, MI. The
"339" indicates the 339th day of the year, "E" is the source
for the positraction, Eaton, and "2" is the shift in which
it was made. So this rear end was produced on December 4,
1972 in Warren, MI during the second shift.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
Blue Metallic exterior is in nice driver condition. As one can
see in the photos the finish has a terrific gloss and deep
shine. Both doors open and shut nicely as do the hood and
headlights and the car exhibits good body panel fit overall. The
wheels are in good condition with a brilliant finish. The BF
Goodrich Radial TA are correctly sized 225/70R15. There are a
few spots and blemishes in the paint and body around car that
were too tiny to show up in pictures, but nothing else that is
really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. As one can
see in the many photos of the underside of the car, it is very
clean and this Corvette has absolutely NO RUST ISSUES. The frame
is totally solid with no rust around the "key hole" are in front
of the rear tire and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around
the windshield, which are the two most notorious spots for rust
on a C3 Corvette.
The car looks just as good in person as it does
in the photos.
The Black Vinyl interior in this Corvette is in outstanding
original condition. The seats are in excellent shape with no
split seams or excessive wear. There is small amount of wear
in the typical area on the bead where the driver gets in and
out and a specific photo of the area below. Please note that
these are the original seats and skins, not some cheap
aftermarket covers or replacements. They do have the typical
dry foam. The carpet is also in fantastic condition with no
major stains or holes. This includes the rear carpet, which
is often neglected. The carpet also appears to be original.
The door panels are in good shape overall. These are a few
small cracks in the typical spot where the driver's elbow
sits. The door pulls are solid and intact. The dash and
console look awesome with no cracks or sun fading. The
original AM/FM radio with stereo works and actually gets
decent reception. Most importantly the dash has never cut or
modified for an aftermarket installation. The jack and spare
are no longer with the car. This Corvette has never been
smoked in; there are no burns marks and no aroma of
cigarettes. Corvette interiors from this era are not known
to wear well, and the excellent condition of this original
interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and
attention this car has received throughout its life and
another great verification of the low original mileage.
The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the
This Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. The car
runs well and idles smooth. It drives great and feels nice on
the road and at highway speeds. In the video below one can
observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph,
shifting through all the gears, braking to stoplight, and going
through some curves. Please note that there are no vibrations or
strange noises and the car performs quite well overall. The
brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other.
The shifter is tight, the transmission does not pop out of gear,
and the clutch feels good. Also, the engine compartment is
beautifully clean and detailed.
The radio works as do all
the exterior lights, wipers, indicators, and all of the gauges;
even the clock runs. The blower works on all speeds but high.
The a/c also works and blows cold. One can observe the a/c
compressor engaging properly in the video. The compressor does
make some noise. The horn does not work. The vacuum system for
the headlights works correctly with no effort or binding in the
mechanism. Also, the headlights go up properly with either the
headlight switch or vacuum override switch. Their complete
operation form both switches can be viewed in the video below.
Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to
drive this car, especially with the 4-Speed transmission and the
T-tops out on a beautiful day
The car runs and
drives as well as it looks.
Overall, this 1973 Corvette is in
great driver condition. Low mileage examples in this
year range are very rare and draw a huge premium over a
standard Corvette. Numbers matching is very important in
Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is very
correct. It is a great value and we have it priced to
sell. The value of third generation Corvettes has
increased dramatically in recent times, this is
especially true for the 1973 model year. They are solid
and wise investments for a collector. 1973 was a very
special and one year only body style for Corvette that
is always recognizable with the newer front end
treatment and the classic chrome bumpers on the back.
While this is not an NCRS Top Flight or Bloomington Gold
car, it is a very nice driver quality Corvette and a
great car for the money. There are photos below of the
VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine
assembly date, transmission VIN stamp, transmission
date, and transmission codes. One could easily enjoy
this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than
the purchase price with minimal effort.
Thank you for looking and please do not
hesitate to email or call with any questions.
For a twelve minute video of the car including running, starting,
walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway
majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped
across the country or even across the world to their new
owners. Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping
process and glad to help our customers with it. We are more
than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere
in world. For our domestic customers in the United States we
can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added
expense for a shipping broker. Please feel free to contact us
for a shipping quote.
If the winning
bidder cannot complete the transaction for any reason there will
be a $350 fee payable through PayPal. By bidding on this car or
making an offer through eBay the buyer agrees to these terms and
to pay the $350 fee is he or she cannot or does not purchase the
We are one of the only classic car dealers that is able to offer
you a warranty for purchase on your classic car. There are
warranties available from 1 year to 10 year at prices ranging
from $2,500 to $6,000. Warranty work can be completed at any
licensed repair shop, including your local Chevrolet dealer. As
with all other classic car dealers, unless you decided to
purchase a warranty, all of our vehicles are sold "As-is" with
on warranty expressed or implied. Please contact us if you are
interested in a warranty for your classic vehicle.