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1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

When the work is available, I subcontract my AutoCAD services to a local construction firm. One day I came around to the rear of the property, by the mechanic’s shop, and there is this pristine 1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

Turns out, it’s the owner’s car, actually the owner’s wife’s car. She apparently, picked it out and it wasn’t cheap. If you can believe it, the car has less than 28,000 original miles on it. One of the managers periodically brings it in for them to have it serviced.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

It has the glorious 454 cubic-inch V8 which, for 1973, produced a healthy 245 hp. I naturally didn’t have my camera, however, I did have my phone. (I don’t think the shots are that bad actually.)


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

For 1973, tougher front impact standards had been imposed and the Caprice was suddenly able to batter obstacles as good as any tow truck.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

Remember, I was raised being carted around in a 1975 Caprice Estate Wagon. Same color. So, the car was rather familiar, in many ways. Including these hub caps.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

Did you know the Caprice and Impala lines came with standard variable assist power steering for 1973? That’s a lot of car to maneuver.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

From a time when fender skirts could actually make a car look better.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

For 1973, the taillights were sectioned by the bumper’s chrome into threes. The year prior, it was a single rectangular opening on each side and the lens itself was sectioned. Check out the scalloped rear window!


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

The odd thing is that, for 1973, Chevrolet’s full-size brochure did not list a Caprice “Classic” option, unlike 1974. Nevertheless, there it is.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

Considering the car is 43 years old from this writing, it has held up terrific. From what I understand, the exterior has been repainted in the original color but everything else is from the factory.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

These seats are upholstered in what Chevrolet called “nylon knit cloth and vinyl [trim]” which was a standard option apart from vinyl.


1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

It’s nice to see they left even the original radio in the dash. You can see the odometer from this angle and it indeed reads 27,704 miles. Although, back then, they didn’t have a digit to indicate the hundred-thousand marks.