It was 1973, the gas crisis, and tightening regulations on auto manufactures sparked a down turn in automotive performance and big muscle cars. Where most manufactures turned to less performance-oriented vehicles, Chevrolet managed to keep the fire lit with the last of the Chevelle SS models. The 1973 Chevelle shown here, is available now, and is a pristine example.
This 1973 Chevelle was well taken care of throughout is 48 years of life. It is in unbelievable condition and runs and drives equally as well. This real SS model (code 1AD37) was refinished in its original color of Silver (code 64) and has the correct accent stripes over the wheel arches and down the beltline in the correct Charcoal color. The 2-stage paint shows very well, and it is thought to have been refinished in the 80’s. The factory Black vinyl roof (code B) is soft and shows no visible wear and the lower parts of the window and over the windshield, below the vinyl is solid and not bubbled up. The glass and all the brightwork on the car look excellent and the bumpers are also very nice, with only the smallest hint of oxidation around the license plate. The car rides on 315 rear tires wrapped around 15x10 Corvette Rallys and 15x8 Rallys up front and had an aggressive stance that any muscle car should have.
The interior. Well its incredible. The original Black vinyl seats are in good condition.. with the exception of a small split in the rear seat. The factory swivel buckets are there and operate correctly. The original SS door cards are crack and fade free, and still contain the correct factory “SS” badging. All the gauges are clear and operate at this time. The center console is clean, and rests over original hook and loop carpeting. You’ll also notice when you sit in the vehicle that the headliner, usually sagging or ripped in cars this old, is still tight and looks recent. It very clean, has no smells or mold present either. You’ll love to be in this car!
Last, but not least is the Drivetrain. Believed to be the original drivetrain (though we have not lifted the car to verify numbers on the block) the 350 CI/ 4bbl engine runs strong, and sounds amazing through the dual 2 ½ exhaust. Power is transmitted through the original turbo 350 3 speed automatic transmission. The brakes feature disc up front and drums in the rear but does not have power brakes. The original (F41) suspension package including tuned suspension with thick anti roll bars are still present and help keep this beast planted when navigating the twisty roads. The early 70’s cars are on an uphill slide in value and now is the time to purchase one as they are enjoying lower prices than the 70-72 models, and are still in the “obtainable” range for most., but trending higher as the years pass. This car is a must see!