13,553 Miles! 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

This is one big car. It’s so big that it doesn’t even fit in the photos! This 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic two-door is also one great looking low-mile car. This car has a mere 13,553 miles on it! It’s listed on eBay with an unmet opening bid of $10,000 and it’s located in Henderson, Nevada.

See how big it is, it doesn’t fit in this photo either! I’m just kidding, of course, I’m sure that the seller didn’t purposely try to cut off parts of the car. This is a pretty amazing car, it’s a shame that the seller isn’t giving too much info out on it and the photos leave a lot to be desired. When you’re selling such a great looking car sometimes it doesn’t matter. This Caprice Classic has “been in the exact spot you see it in for over 30 years” and they also say that it’s “in perfect condition body wise”.  As someone who bought a similar era and size car a few months ago, one that had been in storage also for 30 years, sometimes that isn’t a good thing. Hopefully this car is in much better condition than what my experience turned into (nightmare-city).

You can see that the one photo of the front of the interior isn’t the best, but you can also see that there appears to be plastic on the seats! Yes, this looks like one of those time capsule cars. The back seat looks as fresh as when it left the factory. You probably have already guessed that there are no engine photos since it doesn’t look like the doors were even opened to take the interior photos. They have the engine listed as being a 350 cubic-inch V8 which I don’t believe was even an option on the Caprice Classic in 1973 – the base engine would have been a 400 V8, unless I’m mistaken. Who knows, and whatever engine it is I’m guessing that it looks as good as the rest of the car does. But, I’m also guessing that it’ll take a lot of work after sitting since President Reagan told Premier Gorbachev to “Tear down that wall!” What are your thoughts on this car? It sure would have been nice to see more photos of it but it looks like a winner to me.


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  1. Here’s grandpa

    Nice senior car to go to bingo in

    Where’s the bouncing doggie in rear window?
    My late grandpa had one that let his old dog Ralph ride in front and claimed he would honk the horn 👀😎

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    • Pa Tina

      I always wondered who was blowing the horn at me! Did you know he always left the turn signal on too? (The dog, not Grandpa)

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  2. Gunner

    I once got in a Road Race with a similar looking car like this when I was a young lad in my then 1969 Buick GS California. My competitor however had 454 badges on the fenders. The last leg was a steep hill banking to the right that ended at a bridge that crossed a large river. By the time we hit the bridge, my Buick was a half a car length ahead and we were almost at 120. It was one of those times in my young and dumb adult life that should I have lost control, I surely would have met my maker. Fortunate favored the bold that day however, and I gave a big smile and nod to the Lady (yes that’s right) behind the wheel of that Land Yacht as I went on my merry way.

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  3. Zestie

    I think you’re right… standard engine was a 400 with an option for a 454.

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    • Rodent

      VIN “N” is a 400-2

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    • JunkFixer

      Yep, std engine was the 150 HP 400 SBC. 454 BBC was the only option for ’73.

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    • BOP Guy Member

      Yeah, the 350 wasn’t an option in these until 1975. Would be fun to drive one with the 454 ! I hate when they don’t provide thorough pictures. Need to see the engine bay.

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  4. Will

    I remember when my uncle bought one like this new. My Dad bought my uncles 67 Impala wagon when he got the Caprice. I will never forget him berrating my cousin for spilling a drink in the back the day he got it.

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    • moosie Craig M. Bryda

      I guess ya Halda be there.

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  5. Ronald G Bajorek jr

    great car

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  6. Rock On

    Too funny Will. Most people didn’t drink in cars back in the 70’s as cup holders in vehicles were still years in the future. I sort of miss those days when people didn’t have to walk around 24 hours a day with a drink in one hand and a cellphone in the other.

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    • Pa Tina

      “Most people didn’t drink in cars back in the 70’s”

      That is not what I noticed during the 70’s.

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    • Jack

      My Grandfather bought this same exact model brand new, his was a nice bright blue in color. He always kept a couple bottles of scotch under the seat. The cigarettes were lit one after the other…

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      • Pa Tina

        Your Grandfather is one of those guys who made America the envy of the world. Hats off to him!.

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  7. On and On On and On Member

    I’ll never forget the feeling of plastic covered seats during a hot Chicago summer. In the winter you could rub your wool hat and gloves on them to create enough electricity to threaten your big sister.

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  8. Dave Mc

    I took driver training in a beast like this through the school district. Parallel parking was fun.
    She was a boat.

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  9. Steve

    My deceased brother’s first car was one similar to this. It may have been an Impala, but it was a two door. It had the concave rear window. It was a “stocker” when he got it, sort of dark copper color with black interior and stock hubcaps. That lasted about a week when he got it painted black and added a set of 15″
    “Turbine” mag wheels. He didn’t have the car very long, as soon after the chance to own a white 76 Trans Am with a 400 and 4 speed came along. (I learned to drive a stick shift in at around 12 years old!)

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  10. Billy Banger

    Hello Everyone, i have just had a look at a Chevrolet on youtube and i am not sure if its the same car but its well worth a watch. Enjoy. P.S. Turn the volume up. Cheers.

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  11. Ken Carney

    My parents bought one new in the fall of ’72. Yeah, it was an impressive
    looking beast, but the problems they had with it killed the joy of new car
    ownership for them. Most notably was the fact that this car WOULD NOT
    start if the temperature dropped below 40 degrees! we solved that problem
    by my leaving the keys to my ’50 Packard limo when I went out of town
    to play music. My Packard was properly winterized and would start no matter how cold the weather became. After numrrous trips to the local
    Chevy dealer to resolve the problem(s), they traded it off for a new Ford
    Maverick the following year. Wish I had it now. These small cars today
    beat my back to tears. Uh, on second thought, I should’ve kept my Packard!

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    • ACZ

      First year for an EGR valve. No thermal vacuum switch for control of it on a cold engine. That came in 74.

  12. Bob c.

    I owned 2 1973 Impalas back in the 80’s, at different times, of course. One was a rust bucket, and the other was in decent shape. Both were 2 door hardtops with the curved in back glass like this one. Both drove really good. I’m tempted.

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  13. Frank M

    The curved glass models were the Impala Custom Coupes. I had a 72 in the late 70’s. One of my favorite cars.

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  14. 86 Vette Convertible

    My folks has a 73 Impala 4dr hardtop. Dad loved that car, yellow with a black vinyl top. On the earlier comment about them running poor etc, I had a 74 Chevelle and both the folks and mine had the 350 engine and they were the early emissions engines. They ran like crap and started worse when it was cold out. Did a little recurving of the distributor and add live vacuum to it and a couple of other tweaks and they’d start and run like they should have from the factory.

    I admit I miss both of them, they were good cars once you did a little magic to them. Unfortunately without a good rustproofing job they were prone to body rust.

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  15. Dan D

    Oh man, I had one of these, white with white vinyl top and blue interior…. Didn’t have the spats. But it was a great car, g i g a n t i c front bench seat. Loved it. It’s a shame we’re stuck with black, grey and tan interiors on most cars these days.

    Oh, that’s our dog Nutmeg.

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    • Pa Tina

      Stop blowing the horn, and you left the turn signal on again! Bad dog!

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    • Dan D

      I lied, mine was actually an Impala, not a Caprice. Had the reverse-curved rear window that was pretty cool. Not sure what the reasoning was behind it.

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  16. EHide Behind

    There is one of these in Oly Wa. almost identical including color with a very warmed over 454 ¿¿¿¿¿ or larger with Nitrous, gears for 1/4 and once had trmic manusl 5 spd, speed but went back to beefed Turbo 400.
    That fat as,,, iron was darn quick sleeper.

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  17. EHide Behind

    There is one of these in Oly Wa. almost identical including color with a very warmed over 454 ¿¿¿¿¿ or larger with Nitrous, gears for 1/4 and once had trmic manusl 5 spd, speed but went back to beefed Turbo 400.
    That fat as,,, iron was darn quick sleeper.

  18. Wrong Way

    I am sure it’s a 400, I had a 74 classic 4 door that is why I am positive!

  19. Cool Hand Luke

    Now I hate to disagree with you folks.. but, I bought a 1973 Chevrolet Impala from a one-owner couple that had 65k miles on it and it had a 350 in the car. I have known the couple all my life and it never received a donor engine. It was a two barrel carb car. When they passed away, I was offered the car from their daughter. Now granted, this is a caprice. And mine was an Impala. But I wouldn’t think that would make any difference in the two cars…

    • Wrong Way

      Sorry, but I definitely know that only the 400 was offered from the factory in the Caprices!

  20. Buddy Ruff

    I don’t know what engine was standard in ’73, but I remember a local Chevy dealer advertising 4-door Impalas for $3895. Even that was a thousand dollars more than I gave for my new ’73 Gremlin X. I never can remember where I left my glasses, but these 45-year-old figures are still stuck in my head.

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  21. Bill Owens BillO Staff

    Caprices had 400, Impalas had 350:

    BTW, are those two things on the dash speakers? My mom had a 1972 Chevrolet Caprice with an AM/FM Stereo and it only had one speaker in the center front (as also seen in these pictures), as I remember. So I guess they changed it in 1973 to two speakers in the front.

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    • Wrong Way

      My 74 had them on each side of the dashboard! Then there were 2 in the back! My car was silver with a black vinyl top! Maroon velour interior! Wish I never let it go!

  22. Rustytech Member

    Bought this exact car ( color and all ) in 1975 with 29k miles from the local dealer. It was towed Bach to the dealer twice within the first three months. Transmission under warranty, alternator again under warranty. Taken back several more time for minor issues, but then three weeks before the warranty was due to expire the harmonic balancer separated from the engine and did serious damage, it too was covered under warranty, but I had had enough! I couldn’t trade it in fast enough, that was the worse car I ever owned, and I had some bad ones. I had some other GM’s both before and after this one that were ok, was this one of those Monday Cars?

  23. Joe Haska

    Same exact spot 30 years, I will pass. I can’t even imagine all the problems this car might have!

  24. Rex Kahrs Member

    The 4-door version of this car was my Driver’s Ed car. Kudos to my Driver’s Ed instructor Bill Hill, Northridge High School in Licking County Ohio, who, I can say without hesitation, made me the best driver on this planet!

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    • Steve

      I learned how to drive in a 1971 Caprice Classic 4 door. (with no power steering) Once you drive these, you can drive anything.

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  25. Denny Nevada

    This Chevy brings back some great memories, that go back 44 years. I worked with a Company in the early To latter 70’s that provided me a
    car to drive, as I covered several states. One of my drivers, was a 1973
    Chevrolet Caprice Sport Coupe, with the 400 V-8, A/C and all the power
    options…everything was power, windows, seats, trunk release, etc…Yes, I
    remember the nice ones.
    This is an interesting Chevy, in that it is said to be stored in Nevada, in the
    same spot for 30 years, with Texas plates Hmmm
    It appears to have A/C, and power windows, from the pictures…
    As much as I enjoyed my 73 Caprice, many years ago, and wouldn’t mind
    picking this one up, if it checked out, as it’s only a few hours from me, I feel
    the price of admission is way to high, for what’s needed to make it a proud
    Caprice again.
    I’m going to take a closer look at the original ad site, to see if their is more
    Info…and possibly a contact, to request more info and pictures…
    Thanks for sharing, and keep up the great service you provide, for all of us
    Car lovers…

  26. bikergeek

    This generation Impala always reminds me of the car Harry Dean Stanton (“Bud”) drove in Repo Man.

    “Repo man’s always intense.”

  27. Mark

    I had a 1773 Chevy Impala 4 door hardtop- no post- and it had a 350 2 bareel carb with A/C power bench seat AM radio with one speaker in the dash green exteroir with white roof and medium green interior from 1998 to 2003. It was a big car!!

  28. Joseph Wayne Haddock

    My folks bought a 73 9 passenger Belair wagon new, same color. It was a 350 and 350TH trans. Excellent car. We worked that car for at least 400,000 miles. 1st new car my mom had. Drive out off of the showroom floor for $2200.00 including tax, title and license.

  29. Shorty468

    Wow,brings back sweet memories. I had a 74 Caprice Classic blk on blk with a 400 with a th375 transmission. If I’m not mistaken the engine decals under the hood stated 350/400 and you mainly could tell the difference by the bigger harmonic balancer the 400 had.That ship had a Rochester 2 barrel and a hell of a passing gear ran like a champ

  30. Del

    Writer has it wrong.

    All 350 engines. 400 and 454 were optional ones.

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