$17,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1973

rpo code description
1YZ37 Corvette Sport Coupe
C60 Air Conditioning
J50 Power Brakes
L48 350ci V8 Engine
M20 Muncie 4-Speed Manual Transmission
N40 Power Steering
QRM White Letter Tires
U58 AM-FM Radio, Stereo

exterior color code
927 Dark Blue Metallic
interior color code
400 Black Vinyl

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   4-Speed (#'s Match)
Mileage:   35,725 (Actual)
Engine:   350ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   1Z37J3S409843
about the dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a 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. 
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468 

 

vehicle description

 

 

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 call.

 

model description

 

 

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.

 

numbers

 


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.

 
item number description*
VIN 1Z37J3S409843 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 E13 "E" corresponds to December, and "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is December 13, 1972.
Engine Code V1207 "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.
Suffix Code CKZ This means the motor was intended for an L48 Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 409843 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 3970010 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 3997771 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.
Distributor 1112098 The distributor is original and correct for a 1973 Corvette with a 1103353 stamping on the band.
Distributor Date Code 2H30 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.
Alternator 1100544 The alternator is original and correct for a 1973 Corvette with a/c with a 1100544 stamping.
Alternator Date Code 2L13 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 engine.
Carburetor 7043203 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 3322 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 3932461 The left side exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461 casting number for a 1973 with the L48 engine.
Right Exhaust Manifold Casting Number 3932461 The right side exhaust manifold has the correct 3932461 casting number for a 1973 with the L48 engine.
Bell Housing 3899621 The bell housing has the correct 3899621 casting number.
Transmission Main Case Casting Number 3925661 The main case of the transmission has the correct 3925661 casting number.
Transmission Tail Housing Casting Number 3978764 The tail housing of the transmission has the correct 3978764 casting number.
Transmission Side Cover Casting Number 3952648 The side cover of the transmission has the correct 3952648 casting number.
Transmission Date Code P3R31A 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 409843 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409843, are stamped on the main case meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Rear Differential 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.

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Dark 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.


Interior

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 photos.


Mechanical

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 Condition

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.

 

vehicle video

 


For a twelve minute video of the car including running, starting, walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
https://youtu.be/N1c-WkLfRBc .
 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast 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.

 

eBay terms

  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 car.

 

warranty

  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.

 



 




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