Government mandated safety regulations that made their first appearance in 1968 became more intrusive with the introduction of the 1973 Corvette. New laws required all cars to be able to sustain a five mph impact on the front without damaging lights or other safety gear. The bumper system consisted of a injection molded urethane cover, which, due to the flex agent in the paint, was often a slightly different shade than the rest of the car.
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Although the front bumper got the urethane cover treatment, for 1973 only the rear bumpers were still chrome.
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Looking Good: 1973 Corvette Convertible in Elkhart Lake Green is auctioned at Barrett-Jackson on October 17, 2008. Hammer price was $29,500.
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Although the 2020 C8 Corvette is the first mid-engine Corvette to be available to the public, it is not the first mid-engine Corvette. There actually has been a considerable number of mid-engine Corvette prototypes and possibly the most significant one is the 1973 Aerovette.
A new hood made an appearance in 1973 and the new design eliminated the need for the moveable panel that was raised to allow the windshield wipers to do their thing. The mechanism was troublesome so it probably wasn't missed.
The rear window would no longer be removable. The idea was to give a more open feeling, but excessive wind buffeting meant that it was little used.
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