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VIN 1Z37J3S429342



































   
Car Year: 1973
Car's approximate birthday: June 5, 1973
 
Owner: Best of Show Automotive
City: Mentor
State: Ohio
Country: United States
 
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
 
Nickname: 1Z37J3S429342
State: Restored
 
Exterior: 953 Metallic Yellow
Interior: 400 Black (Vinyl)
Softtop: Other Color
Wheels: Silver (100.00%)
 
Delivery Dealer Zone: Unknown
Delivery Dealer Code: Unknown
 
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
[$]
  1YZ37 Base Corvette Sport Coupe (190hp) 83.77% 5,561.50
  A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (std with coupe)   41.00
  J50 Power Brakes 79.33% 46.00
  M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 58.85% 0.00
  N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 58.92% 82.00
  N40 Power Steering 91.49% 113.00
  QRM White Stripe Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 65.33% 32.00
  U69 AM-FM Radio 57.77% 173.00
  Total   7.9565%
(2,424 Cars)
6,048.50
 
Factory job nr.: 342
Export Car: Non Export Car
Other details: Mileage: 40,608
Added to Registry 03/26/2010
 
Car history:
If you want to add value to your muscle car, or merely make it easier to market
when/if the day comes time to sell it, follow the example set by the owner of this
bright yellow 1973 Corvette: DOCUMENT IT WHILE IT IS APART. There are so
many parts and numbers that can't be seen on a fully assembled car that you are
only helping yourself by taking photos and making notes on every single
component before it goes back together.

Rarely in my job do I find cars where I don't have to spend at least a little time
crawling in and under them looking for numbers and checking for correct
components. Owners will often provide receipts, some restoration photographs,
and will even write down some of the more important numbers, but it is truly rare
for an owner to document every single important component on his car,
photograph them for reference, and save the old parts as proof that the work was
done the way he says it was done.

So let me introduce you to this bright yellow 1973 Corvette with one of the best
documentation packages I've ever seen. The owner supplied so much useful
information that I'm going to include much of it here verbatim, since it's exactly
the kind of stuff smart buyers and investors want to see when they're making a decision.

Oh, yeah, and by the way, this is a REALLY nice Corvette.

First off, this 1973 Corvette T-top coupe was restored in its original color scheme
of code 952 Bright yellow over code 400 black vinyl. With just two owners from
new and only 40,652 miles from new, it is a no-stories car with a solid history.
Originally equipped with an L48 engine (the original motor comes with the car), it
now sports a very stout 330 horsepower 1971 vintage LT-1 engine (more about
the engine in a moment). Other options include a 3.08 differential, power steering,
power brakes, tilt and telescope wheel, AM/FM radio, and Rallye wheels with
Firestone GR70x15 radial tires. The body-off restoration was completed in February 2010.

Here are the codes from the ORIGINAL build sheet:

A51 Bucket seats
GV3 3.08 carrier
J50 Power brakes
L48 350 cubic inch engine
M40 Automatic transmission
N37 Tilt steering wheel
N40 Power steering
QRM GR70x15B tires
U69 AM/FM radio
Z12 Speedo & fit
1GB Tire PR stick
400 Black vinyl trim
6MA LH front spring
7MA RH front spring
952 Bright Yellow paint

The entire body was disassembled and stripped before being prepped for paint.
There's no such thing as a perfect Corvette, and the old fiberglass, even on nice,
low-mileage cars like this one, always needs a little TLC. This car got it, then was
sealed, blocked, and finally painted using DuPont Chroma-1 single stage urethane
in the original Bright Yellow color. Then the body was reassembled and the panels
aligned to make for one eye-catching 'Vette. The cool Corvette "Coke bottle"
contours, particularly the swoopy front fenders, are sharp and crisp, suggesting
that the body men on this job knew what they were doing. Doors open and close
well, the hood gaps are very good, and the T-tops seal up tight.

The chrome rear bumpers, which I like a lot more than the plastic cap that showed
up a few years later, are high-quality reproduction pieces, while the new-for-1973
nose is in outstanding condition. Glass is excellent all around, the lenses are fresh
and clear, and the Corvette badges and door handles are new. This is one
incredible-looking Corvette.

Mechanically, the original L48 was removed and that 1971 LT-1 (note the hyphen)
was located, disassembled, inspected, machined, and rebuilt by Wallace and
DeWitt Engines in Amherst, Ohio. New .030" pistons were installed (the originals
were retained to verify the engine's excellent condition when it was
disassembled). A correct LT-1 solid lifter camshaft and lifter set were installed,
while the forged 1182 crank was polished and reinstalled (it was so nice that the
rods and mains remain standard size). The block is a LT-1 correct 3970010 four
bolt main, date code L 18 0 (December 18, 1970). Correct GM "pink" heavy duty
rods, GM forged pistons and correct 3973487 iron heads were installed. The intake
is a correct Winters aluminum LT-1 unit with an 11-16-70 date code, topped by a
correct and extremely rare Holley 4801-A, GM 3989021 carburetor with an 092
date code (which is 2nd week of September, 1970). The finishing touch is a pair of
original GM LT-1 cast aluminum valve covers and a factory cowl induction
system.Detailing was done to the same high standards. Belts, hoses, clamps,
pumps, fasteners were replaced with correct reproduction or NOS parts and all the
factory ignition shielding is still in place. A Hooker side exhaust system with inserts
was installed for an aggressive sound, and today it fires up quickly, idles perfectly,
and sounds absolutely killer. It's easy to forget how potent these older Corvettes
can be, and you'd be well-advised to leave this one alone. The Corvette comes
with the original, numbers matching L48 motor as well. Put it on a stand and look
at it-you have the best of both worlds!

The transmission is the original numbers-matching TH400 automatic that was
rebuilt at the same time. It shifts as it should and is a great dance partner for the
willing small block under the hood. The rest of the suspension and drive train
components were restored to the same high standards. When the body was
removed from the chassis, it was in such nice condition that it was merely cleaned
up and detailed by hand, then repainted in the correct chassis black. Correct front
and rear AC Delco shock absorbers replaced the originals (which were retained
for inspection, too), and the entire brake system was rebuilt to factory standards
for safety. Out back, the original matching-numbers 3.08 differential was
inspected, cleaned, and painted to match the chassis, then reinstalled. Wheels are
correct GM Rallye wheels with trim rings and center caps riding on 225/70/15
Goodyear Eagle GTII radial tires, one of the car's few concessions to modern
performance in place of originality.

After they finished with the gorgeous body work, D-Craft Motorsports also
installed an all-new interior, including new seat foams and covers, as well as front
and rear carpet sets. The excellent original gauges were retained and still look
awesome down in those deep binnacles, with the five auxiliary gauges in the
console looking bright and crisp. The original AM/FM radio is still tucked in there,
too, just ahead of the woodgrained center console. The door panels are excellent,
and the rear compartment features new materials throughout. All new
weatherstripping was used throughout, and this Corvette is pleasantly free of the
typical Corvette shakes and rattles—it's tight and quiet.

As I said earlier, documentation on this car is considerable. In addition to two
original build sheets, there's an original owner's manual, warranty booklet,
emissions control warranty, consumer information booklet, wheel trim ring
instruction sheet, and maintenance schedule. We also have the original vehicle
inspection sheet from the selling dealership. Then there are the photos taken of
the entire restoration process, including those I mentioned where all the important
numbers are documented for reference. All the important stages of the engine
build were photographed, leaving no question about the parts that went into this
car's rare power plant.

If you're looking for an early chrome bumper C3 Corvette that you can drive and
enjoy, this is your car. Not only is it great-looking, but it runs and drives even
better than it looks. A great deal of time and money was spent to get it to this
level, and the owner has detailed invoices showing a total somewhat over the
asking price, so you're buying the car and getting the restoration for free. The LT-
1 engine alone is an incredibly valuable piece of hardware. All the kinks have
been worked out and this car is ready for the road. It is nice, but not so nice that
you're afraid to drive it, and if the time ever comes that you need to recoup your
investment, you can rest assured that all the necessary information is present to
tell future owners that this is a 100% no-stories car. This is a super-nice car that
will be a joy to show and drive for years to come, and there aren't many that you
can buy with more confidence.

Call today: 440-350-1480 or email: joseph.carroll@bestofshowautomotive.com

 
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