Classic Car Overview
Despite tightening smog regulations, 1973 was a good year for Camaros, and this cool LT/RS has a killer look, plenty of pop, and a solid options list that makes it one of the more appealing second-generation F-bodies were currently featuring. It also packs a great-running, numbers matching powertrain, cold A/C, an awesome color combination, and the perfect stance. And at this price? Where do I sign up? The biggest change in 73 was the addition of federally-mandated 2.5 MPH bumpers, and while that doesnt seem like a big deal, it meant that most Camaros that year got big, ugly reinforced bumpers that marred the otherwise slick design. But this car, with its RS package, kept the wide-open grille and smallish bumperettes, which were merely reinforced, and therefore retaining the classic good looks that make these cars so popular today. Finished in dark Pepper Gray Metallic paint with accenting light gray SS-style stripes, the results culminate into one of the better-looking 70s F-bodies weve seen in a long time. Sure, its not perfect, but the strong driver-quality finish means that youll never be afraid to take this early 2nd generation Camaro out for a spin, regardless of the conditions outside. It also retains its blacked-out grille, chin and deck lid spoilers, an aggressive cowl hood, along with all the right emblems in all the right places, and surrounds them with nice, straight bodywork and a deep shine to the finish. Theres not a lot of chrome, but the front bumperettes, the rear bumper, the lower body trim, and the stainless window surrounds are all in good shape, providing the perfect amount of bright contrast to the dark finish. Those high-back bucket seats are every bit as comfortable as they look, and they feature custom leather-and-suede seat covers to match the door panels and plush replacement carpets underfoot. The wrap-around instrument panel gives the driver an array of white-face AutoMeter gauges that replace the factory units inside a custom bezel, and they cover all the engines vitals for an accurate view of the goings on under the hood. The shifter inside the middle console controls a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission below, and theres an upgraded AM/FM/CD player just ahead of it inside the factory dash slot. The cool NK4 steering wheel became standard equipment in 1973 and with the factory A/C now upgraded to R134a refrigerant, the cabin is a very comfortable place to be. The back seat upholstery matches the front buckets and barely looks like it was ever used, and the spacious trunk was coated in spatter paint and shows off its solid panels. The 1973 Camaro engines were actually solid performers compared to other EPA-choked motors of the era, and this Camaro still carries its numbers matching 350 V8 motor in between its fenders. With great maintenance and conscientious ownership throughout its lifetime, this F-body is a strong runner on the road today. Dressed up with chrome Chevrolet valve covers, a matching air cleaner with reproduction decal, and Chevy Orange enamel on the block, it looks the part of a muscle car powerplant and runs every bit as well as youd hope. A Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor on a stock intake manifold helps build power, and a set of stock exhaust manifolds feed a rumbling replacement dual exhaust system that exits underneath the rear valance. The aforementioned 3-speed automatic transmission is a great traveling companion when youre running hard, and the stock 10-bolt rear end with reasonable gears inside means this car cruises effortlessly at high speeds. As a well-maintained Texas car, the underside is in very clean and solid condition, showing conscientious maintenance but no signs of trouble in the usual spots. American Racing Torque Thrust wheels look great against the dark paint and carry staggered 225/45/17 front and 295/40/18 rear Nitto radials. Nicely restored and featuring good options, this is a Camaro that you can enjoy right away without a second thought. Dailed-in 2nd Gens with attention-grabbing good looks like this one never last long. Call today!