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What is the Distinction?

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What is distinctive and unique to the 1973 Corvette Stingray? This one year only.

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Chrome rear/plastic front, I just learned that recently here at C&G from one of our regular posters on automotive styling ;-) What was the last year of the roof sails and gorgous rear panel ? You know before they ruined that generation Corvette.
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'77 was the last year for the sail panels.
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Was that also the same year they raked the tailight panel at a forward angle and destroyed that awsome natural spoiler. Then latter in regrets put a plastic TransAm type of spoiler and still were just so backwards. Styling is supposed to change or at least improve not take a great styling design and mutilate it. Kinda like the 1970 Riviera. Kinda like the 75 Camaro too, that wrap around rear glass just wasnt the styling ticket.
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Razoredge, you are right, the '73 was the only year with plastic front bumper and chrome rear ones. They changed the rear to plastic for the '74 model year. I owned one of those '73 Stingrays in white with black leather interior...one of my favorite cars. It had a feature that some cars are just getting now. Tilt AND telescoping steering wheel. It also had a factory theft alarm system. And you are so right, I always liked those sail panels. Some years of this body style, you could remove the rear window.
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My 64 Sunbeam Alpine had telescoping steering wheel. Turn the center knob and adjust your desired reach, tighten knob and go. You gave me this answer months ago Harley, I remember the stuff I read. You are so fortunate to have owned such a nice car, I bet you miss it, it was the best styling the Corvette ever had, long live the Shark.
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I constantly regret selling it. It wasn't for the meek...people stared constantly....I kept it in perfectly clean...blackest tires....it was a very nice car.
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I'd even take the uglier 74 or 75 and up Vettes. I love the C3.
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But I have to try so hard to like them 6T8, I just cant get over removing the sails and tails, unforgivable, they should have done a total new shell, hell it was say an average of 7 years old. I guess you had to be there, it was kinda like watching the 70 Mustang go to the 71-73 which was bad enough but then it became the Mustang II and it was all over between me and Ford. I call it styling regression.
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