It’s not every day that you come across a two-owner 1973 Corvette, let alone one with the somewhat rare and more powerful L82 engine lurking under the hood.
But that’s the case right now with this manual Stingray being offered for $16,500 in the Glendale, Arizona area.
The seller says the car had been “sitting for a long time” when he purchased it from the original owner, who drove it about 79,000 miles before parking it for good.
The second owner had it towed home and says he managed to get it started after cleaning the tank and putting in some fresh gas. “It starts and runs and drove it around the block,” he says in his Craigslist ad.
He does recommend the purchase of some new tires since the ones on the car are “really old,” as he puts it, and likely dry-rotted – a dangerous situation if one or more were suddenly to explode at any kind of speed.
The Metallic Yellow paint – with some stripes and decals added by the original owner years ago – is admittedly a tad controversial, but it would likely need a respray since there are some signs of age on the paint, including the rubber front bumper that made its debut that year. It would also be a good idea to check for rust on the birdcage, though hopefully if the car has been in Arizona its whole life, that might not be an issue.
On the bright side, the black interior looks like it could be cleaned up without much trouble if someone is just looking for a daily driver survivor, we dig the chrome rear bumper that made its exit in ’74, and we’re excited to find the apparently original L82 engine in place that bumped the horsepower considerably to 250 from the base 190. Only 5,710 customers chose the more powerful engine that year, by the way.
Better still, the car has a four-speed manual transmission and side exhaust pipes to make driving it even more of a thrill.
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