Summer Fun: 1973 Corvette Convertible

This could be the perfect summertime driver. It’s not original and it’s not perfect, but those aren’t necessarily bad things when you want to enjoy your classic. Obviously, we prefer unrestored survivor cars around here, but they aren’t always the best if you actually want to drive your car on a regular basis. This thing has been resprayed and the engine is rebuilt, so you don’t really need to worry about parking lot scratches or adding miles to the odometer. It’s listed here on eBay where bidding is already starting to take off.

Looks like a lot of people like the idea of having something like this to enjoy on the upcoming warm summer nights. Let’s hope that the A/C compressor seen in this photo either works, or can be made to work without too much effort though because it can still get pretty toasty after the sun goes down. When you live in a hot climate, air conditioning is a nice thing to have even in a convertible. No mention is made of the A/C, but it does look like a lot of work has been to ensure that this thing is ready to go.

You can’t get more American than a Corvette. Heck, even those tan seats = resemble a pair of nicely worn baseball gloves! This thing is really starting to look like the perfect vehicle to enjoy this summer in. A manual transmission would be nice, but an automatic might be better for top down cruising. Push the button, pull the tick down into drive, and enjoy! There’s still enough power for the occasional stoplight drag because this car is fitted with the optional performance version of the 350. It has higher compression, a hotter cam, and a few other goodies.

So, it looks good, goes fast, and has a drop top. Sounds about perfect to me. You don’t have to feel bad about driving it because it’s not perfect or original. That might even be a good reason to mount up some turbine wheels and a pair of side pipes for even more flash. Again, that’s not something you’d want to do with an unrestored car, but we might as well have some fun here. Throw on a high rise intake, new carb, and a freer flowing exhaust for even more thrills. There’s still plenty of time before that big 4th of July car show…

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  1. 86 Vette Convertible

    I’d do any maintenance required and drive it as is. Better if it was a 4 speed, but I can live with an automatic if need be.

    Nothing like dropping the top on a hot summer night and getting a little wind in the hair.

    • ACZ

      This TH400 is easy to live with. Special valve body, 2400 stall converter, nice crisp shift. Makes that L82 lots of fun to drive.

    • King Al

      Headlight doors dont sit cotrectly in closed position. The interior looks like like butterscotch vomit. Needs a new color interior.

  2. Pa Tina

    Very nice indeed. When fall rolls around you pop on the black vinyl hardtop and keep enjoying it. Beauty!

  3. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Plastic bumper aside, fun rig. Enjoy and hammer.

  4. SanityFactor

    Whats the deal w the tfunk lid lock… unxles 71 had one but i never understood the reason…..

    • Irish Bill

      From what I remember the lock in the back was for the alarm.

  5. St. Ramone de V8

    A rebuilt original engine, and a quality paint job shouldn’t be considered as a bad thing, I believe. If the paint and engine were tired, why not freshen them up? Because these things have been dealt with is, I think , a good thing. Nice ’73. Looks to be a good driver.

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  6. LAB3

    Cut it in half and turn it into a four door. Then drop in a Cummins 12 valve diesel in it then drive it down to Whole Foods and do some coal rolling.

  7. Bruce Best

    LAB3 This is not a personal attach but is there a chance you could get some professional help ??? LOL Thanks for the comment, I will be laughing about that vision for the rest of the day

    • LAB3

      Thanks! Most of my attitude about vettes isn’t about vettes but the cult that surrounds them. A good friend has a 68 327/350 convertible with 90k miles in all original driver condition that he bought after returning from Vietnam. A few years back he was telling me about how morons at Vette meets would just tear the thing down left and right for it’s imperfections so I went to a meet with him. Having a 6’4″ 220lb old school Detroit biker with him kept a lot of the anal retentives at bay. As to the ones who didn’t keep their pie holes shut, well, let’s just say much butthurt was dispensed that day…

  8. Matt St

    Same seller as the GMC pickup

  9. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Winning bid:US $18,055.00
    [ 39 bids ]

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