Article Contributed by Steve Burns
Next up in our preview of Barrett-Jackson Corvettes is Lot # 413, a red 1973 Coupe being sold for charity. This L48 powered Vette will cross the block on Wednesday, January 19th about 30 cars prior to the 1981 Corvettes we previewed a couple days back. All proceeds will go to the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation.
Most Corvette lovers will recognize Chip Miller’s name as one of the founders of Carlisle Events as well as a dedicated Corvette enthusiast. It’s been almost 7 years since we lost Chip due to a rare disease known as amyloidosis. His spirit lives on through the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation which helps fight the disease through education, research, and raising awareness.
The 1973 Model was a transitional one for the GM’s two-seater sports car. New government crash regulations claimed the car’s chrome front bumper which was now replaced by a body colored plastic piece. Interior door beams added stiffness for side impacts. The twin chrome rear bumpers remained for 1973, but would disappear for the ’74 model run. The unique pop out rear window was replaced by a fixed unit. Three engines were available: L48 350, L82 350, and the LS4 454. 1973 also debuted the new, longer cowl induction hood which replaced the often troublesome moveable wiper door.
The ’73 Corvette featured here is powered by the standard, matching numbers L48 350 engine backed by the 3 speed automatic transmission. The Mille Miglia Red paint is complemented by a black interior. Options include power steering and brakes, tilt and telescopic steering wheel as well as desirable factory air conditioning. The 86,000 mile coupe has been recently detailed and serviced and also comes with the original T-Top bags and owner’s manual. The winning bidder will receive a number of other items in addition to their new 1973 Corvette including:
- New custom floor mats
- A copy of the Corvette Bible, by Mike Yager of Mid America Motorworks
- Two passes to the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant
- Four passes to the National Corvette Museum
- Seasons pass to Carlisle Events.
In 2010 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, $47,000 was raised for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation. Hopefully the slow, steady improvement in our economy will yield even more money raised this year and help find a cure to the disease that took one of the Corvette Hobby’s greatest cheerleaders.
Speed TV will be providing 40 hours of live coverage from Scottsdale beginning on Tuesday the 18th. Checkout the full event and TV schedule.
Stay tuned to CorvetteBlogger.com as we’ll preview more cars from Barrett-Jackson 2011 in the next couple of days.