BaT Auction: 1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

This 1973 Chevrolet Corvette was built on June 13, 1973 and underwent a mechanical refurbishment under previous ownership. The car was recently acquired by the seller and is finished in metallic yellow over black leather. Power is supplied by a 454ci V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission, and additional features include a push-button AM/FM radio, a chrome rear luggage rack and bumperettes, removable roof panels, pop-up headlights, and four-wheel disc brakes. This C3 Corvette is being offered with photos from the refurbishment, a pair of uninstalled seat covers, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

Revisions for the 1973 model year of the C3 Corvette included a painted urethane front bumper designed to meet federal 5-mph impact standards as well as revised fender coves. This example was factory-finished in Metallic Yellow (953) and features a chrome rear luggage rack and bumperettes, dual exhaust outlets, pop-up headlights, and 454 badging on the cowl-induction hood. The seller reports that the windshield, weatherstripping, and headlight vacuum components were replaced during the refurbishment. The urethane front bumper is unpainted, while faded and worn paint is noted on the hood, removable roof panels, and throughout the exterior.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

The 15” Rallye wheels feature chrome trim rings and hubcaps and are wrapped in white-letter BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires. The seller notes that the suspension and four-wheel disc brakes were overhauled during the refurbishment.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

The cabin is trimmed in black leather with a matching dashboard, door panels, and carpets lined with Stingray-branded floormats. A push-button AM/FM radio is fitted in the center console, and the seller reports that the air conditioning pump, condenser, and heater assembly have been replaced, though the HVAC system is inoperable. A pair of replacement seat covers is included in the sale.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

A black leather-wrapped steering wheel frames a 160-mph speedometer and a 7k-rpm tachometer. An analog clock is found in the center stack along with auxiliary gauges for fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and voltage. The five-digit odometer shows just under 55k miles, a handful of which have been added during current ownership. Total mileage is unknown.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

The 454ci LS4 V8 was factory-rated at 275 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via a Turbo Hydramatic three-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is said to have been refreshed during the refurbishment during previous ownership, and the seller states that an oil change has been recently performed.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

Additional underbody images are provided in the gallery below.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

The chassis tag decodes as follows:

  • K13: June 13, 1973 build date
  • Trim 404: Black leather upholstery
  • 953: Metallic Yellow paint

1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454

A handful of photos from the body-off mechanical refurbishment can be seen in the gallery.

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