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, numbers
matching, 1973 Corvette Stingray T-Top coupe
in wonderful driver condition that is loaded with options like air
conditioning, power steering, and power brakes.
This Corvette looks fantastic, runs great, and is an
excellent driver. The car is totally solid with nice lines and no
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 one year only body style. 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.
This Corvette is "Numbers Matching" meaning that the engine
in the car now is the correct and original unit that was
installed in the car brand new at the factory in St. Louis
in 1972. The last six digits of the VIN are stamped on the
engine pad, which is pictured below, and the engine is
original to the car.
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.
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 13,446th Corvette made for 1973.
Body Build Date
"F" corresponds to March, and "29" is the twenty-ninth day
of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is
March 29, 1973.
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant. The
"12" is the twelfth month of year and the "04" is the
fourth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
December 4, 1972. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for an L48 Corvette with an
automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 413446, 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
J 31 2
"J" is October, "31" is the
thirty-first day of the month, and
the "2" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on Halloween 1972, which is correct as it
predates the assembly date.
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has a 3997771 casting number, which is
correct for a small block 1973 Corvette. This intake was
only used on 1973 Corvettes.
Intake Manifold Casting Date
K 28 2
"K" is November, "28" is the
twenty-eighth day of the month, and
the "2" is the last digit of the calendar year so the
intake manifold was cast on November 28, 1972, which is correct as it
predates the assembly date.
LR W 016 E 2
The "LR" indicates a 3.36 gear ratio with positraction. The
"W" is the plant where it was produced, Warren, MI. The
"016" indicates the 16th 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 January 16,
1973 in Warren, MI during the second shift.
"V" is December and "Y" is 1972 so the
window is original,
made in December of 1972. This is correct as it predates the
build date of the car.
"V" is December and "Y" is 1972 so the window is original,
made in December of 1972. This is correct as it predates
the build date of the car.
"C" is November and "Y" is 1972 so the window is original,
made in November of 1972. This is correct as it predates
the build date of the car.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
exterior is in fantastic driver condition. As one can see in the
photos the finish has a terrific gloss, smooth finish, and deep
shine. Both doors open and shut nicely. The wheels and center
caps are in excellent condition with a brilliant finish. Please
note that this Corvette has the correct and original "4-clip"
style beauty rings, not the cheap foreign made replacements. The
tires are literally brand new with less than 20 miles on them.
There are no major blemishes that have been intentionally
excluded from the photos. There are a
few imperfections 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" area 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. We have included specific photos below of the
areas most prone to rust problems to show how clean this
The car looks just as good in person as it does
in the photos.
Window Date Codes
note that almost all of the glass on this Corvette is
date coded and original as each piece predates the car's
body build date of March 29, 1973 (F29). Original
glass is a good indication that this car has had no
major accident history and never sustained significant
Saddle Vinyl interior in this Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats
are in excellent shape with no rips, holes, or split seams. There is
just a 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. The carpet is also in fantastic condition with no
major stains or holes. This includes the rear carpet, which
is often neglected.
The gauge faces are crisp and clean and the lenses are
The door panels are in great shape overall and not cracked
in the typical area where the driver sits his elbow. The door pulls are solid and intact. The dash and
console look awesome with no cracks or sun fading. 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.
The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the
This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The car
starts right away every time, 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 transmission shifts well throughout the power band. Also, the engine compartment is
beautifully clean and detailed.
The horn works as do all
the exterior lights, interior lights, indicators, radio, and wipers.
The a/c works and blows cold, one can observe the a/c compressor
clicking on and engaging properly in the video. 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.
The blower for the a/c and heater works on all speeds but high. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to
drive this car, especially with 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. 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, and engine
assembly date. 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 ten 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.