1973 Camaro Data

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1973 Production: 3,614 6-cyl, 93,137 V8, 96,751 total.
Dealer Introduction: 9/21/72

Vehicle Identification Example: 1Q87T3N182396

  • First digit is GM Division: 1 = Chevrolet
  • Second digit is model series: Q = Sport Coupe S = Type LT Coupe
  • Digits 3 & 4 are body type: 87 = 2dr. coupe
  • Fifth digit is engine code: D = 250ci, F = 307ci, H = 350ci, tb, K = 350ci 4bbl, T = 350ci, z
  • Sixth digit is model year: 3 = 1973
  • Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly.
  • Last six digits increased one with each car built at Norwood, sequence started at 100001.
  •   Click here to view 1973 Dealer Sales Brochure

    Dimensions & Capacities
    Length: 188.5" Height: 49.1" Width: 74.4" Wheelbase:108.0"
    Track F/R: 61.3/60.0 Weight Distribution F/R: 57.3 / 42.7% Ground Clearance: 4.2"
    Fuel Capacity: 18.0 Gal, Battery Capacity: 12volt 61 amp/hr. Alternator capacity: 854 watts

    Curb Weight: (in pounds, see: 1973 Option weight table)
    1FQ87 - 3205.
    1FS87 - 3435.

    1973 Ending VIN by Month
    Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Norwood:    101566 108449 119821 134347 146720 156034 165811 175138 184580 196752
    Van Nuys: None built

    1973 Spotters Guide & New Features

    1973 Camaro Coupe 1973 appeared bright for the Camaro despite the previous years problems and continued turmoil. Sales picked up slightly. While the industry was installing battering ram style bumpers on cars in response to the federal 2.5 MPH regulation, Chevy was able to engineer the Camaros bumper, including the Rally Sport so that it would pass.

    The Super Sport model was dropped, but it was replaced with the Stylish Type LT model. The Type LT could be ordered with RPO Z28, and if the Rally Sport option was also ordered, you could have a Type LT/RS/Z28 Camaro.

    The Z28 was still being neutered power-wise, but hey, Air Conditioning was available for the 1st time on the Z28.

    The times they're a changing, and so was the Camaro. And for 1973 you saw...

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    Click here to view a 1973 Dealer Sales Brochure
    Click here for Second Generation Camaro Spotters Guide & Summary of Yearly Changes

    1973 Camaro Engine & Drivetrain Information
    CIDConfigBore & StrokeBHP @ RPMTorque @ rpm CompCarb.
    Base250L-6 3.875 x 3.53 100 @ 3600 175 @ 1600 8.25:1 1V
    Base307V-8 3.875 x 3.25 115 @ 3600 205 @ 2000 8.5:1 2V
    L-65350V-8 4.00 x 3.48 145 @ 4000 255 @ 2400 8.5:1 2V
    L-48350V-8 4.00 x 3.48 175 @ 4000 260 @ 2800 8.5:1 4V
    Z-28350V-8 4.00 x 3.48 245 @ 5200 280 @ 4000 9.0:1 4V

    Notes: L-65 350 was base V-8 for Type LT package.

    Engine Suffix Code
    CCA: 250ci, at CHK: 307ci, at, ce CCB: 250ci, at, cc
    CKA: 350ci, mt, tb CCC: 250ci, ce, mt CKB: 350ci, mt
    CCD: 250ci, mt CKD: 350ci, at, ce CHB: 307ci, mt
    CKH: 350ci, ce, mt CHH: 307ci, at CKU: 350ci, at
    CHJ: 307ci, ce, mt CKW: 350ci, at, tb CKX: 350ci, at, ce, tb
    CKY: 350ci, ce, mt, tbCLJ: 350ci, mt, z CLK: 350ci, at, z
    CLL: 350ci, at, ce, z CLM: 350ci, ce, mt, z

    Abbreviations: at = Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, ce = California emission controls, ci = cubic inch, mt = manual transmission, tb = two barrel carburetor, z = Z28 special performance package.

    Engine Code Example: V0427CLJ - (350 - 245hp Assembled in Flint assembly plant on April 27)
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    1973 Camaro Power Teams
      Base BaseL-65L-48 Z-28
    3-spd. manual12.85:12.85:12.54:1 2.54:1 N.O.
    transmission 21.68:11.68:11.50:1 1.50:1 N.O.
    ratios 31.00:11.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 N.o.
     R2.95:12.95:12.63:1 2.63:1 N.o.
    Clutch diam., in. 9.1210.34 10.3410.34N.o.
    Axle ratios S3.08:13.08:13.08:1 3.08:1N.o.
        Base Base L-65 L-48 Z-28
    4-spd. manual 1 N.o. N.o. 2.54:1 2.54:1 2.52:1a
    transmission 2 N.o. N.o. 1.80:1 1.80:1 1.88:1
    ratios 3 N.o. N.o. 1.44:1 1.44:1 1.46:1
      4 N.o. N.o. 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
     RN.o. N.o.2.54:12.54:12.59:1
    Clutch diam., in. N.o.N.o. 10.3410.3411.0
    Axle ratios S N.o. N.o. 3.08:1 3.42:1 3.73:1
        Base Base L-65 L-48 Z-28
    Turbo Hydra- 1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.48:1
    matic 2 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.48:1
    transmission 3 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
    ratios R1.93:11.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1 2.08:1
    Axle ratios S3.08:12.73:1 2.73:13.08:13.42:1
     P --3.42:1 3.42:1----

    a = Alternate close-ratio 4-speed (2.20:1 low) also offered at no extra cost.
    S = Standard ratio, E = Economy, P = Performance.

    Transmission Codes
    3-Speed (H.D.)MuncieH
    4-Speed (saginaw type)MuncieR
    4-Speed (Aluminum case)MuncieP
    Turbo Hydramatic 350ClevelandB
    Turbo Hydramatic 350Toledo Y
    Turbo Hydramatic 350GM CanadaJ
    Transmission Code Example: P3D27B - (1973 Muncie 4 speed, assembled April 27, M21 w/2.20 1st gear)
    Type Code:
    TM = 3 speed manual (L6 & V8).
    WC = 4 speed manual (V8)
    TZ = TH350 (L6), FB = TH350 (V8)
    TH400 transmission code is CY and is stamped on a tag which is rivited to transmission case.
    Click here for further transmission decoding information

    Rear Axle Codes
    CA2.73:1 Locking  CM3.42:1 Locking
    CB4.10:1  GX3.08:1
    CG3.73:1  GY3.08:1 Locking
    CL3.42:1  GZ2.73:1

    Rearend Code Example: GYG100DE - (Chevy sourced 3.08 Posi, Assembled on day shift of 100th day of the year w/ Eaton Posi)
    Click here for further axle decoding information
    Click Here for general axle info and tooth combinations

    1973 Camaro Factory Options
    RPODescriptionQtyRetail *
    1FQ87 Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder3,614 $2,732.70
    1FQ87 Camaro Sport Coupe, 8-cylinder60,810 2,822.70
    1FS87 Camaro Type LT Coupe, 8-cylinder32,3273,211.70
    AK1Belts, color-keyed seat and shoulder7,700 14.50
    AN6Adjustable Seat Back, driver side6,57118.00
    A01Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows68,25439.00
    A02Glass - Tinted Windshield
    A31Power Windows21775.00
    A51Seat - Special Contour - Bucket (standard)
    A63Belts - Seat & Front Shoulder Harness (delete, export)
    B37Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear25,74912.00
    B84Moldings, body side30,50333.00
    B85Moldings - Belt Reveal
    B93Guards, door edge30,0466.00
    C08Vinyl Roof Cover31,33987.00
    C24Windshield Wipers, hide-a-way9,90621.00
    C50Defroster, rear window17,148 31.00
    C60Air Conditioning (includes V01)49,504397.00
    D34Mirror, visor vanity6,285 3.00
    D35Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior23,65726.00
    D55Console78,616 57.00
    D80Spoilers, front and rear15,662 77.00
    D88Sport Stripes, hood and rear deck (Z28 only) 6,177 77.00
    D92Tape - Door Handle Decor
    F41Suspension, special purpose front and rear8,32230.00
    6AE - 6CU - Spring - Front LH
    7AE - 7CU - Spring - Front RH
    G80Positraction, rear axle7,19045.00
    G92Axle - Rear (3.08 Ratio)
    G97Axle - Rear (2.73 Ratio)
    GS8Axle - Rear (3.42 Ratio)
    GT4Axle - Rear (3.73 Ratio)
    8DY - 8PB - Spring - Rear LH
    9DY - 9PB - Spring - Rear RH
    J50Power Brakes 73,91346.00
    K05Heater - Engine Block
    K76Generator - AC 61 amp
    L14Engine, 307ci, 115hp Turbo-Fire V829,655
    L22Engine, 250ci, 100hp Turbo-Thrift L63,614
    L48Engine, 350ci, 175hp Turbo-Fire V-813,220102.00
    L65Engine, 350ci, 145hp Turbo-Fire V-8 50,26226.00
    MC3Transmission - 3 Speed Manual Shift
    M20Transmission, 4-speed wide range6,894200.00
    M21Transmission, 4-speed close ratio (req Z28)4,494200.00
    M38Transmission - 3 Speed Automatic CBC
    M40 Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic79,404210.00
    NB2Emission Control - Mandatory (California)
    N33Tilt Steering Column13,17744.00
    N40Power Steering64,424113.00
    N65Spare Tire, space saver1,31414.16
    N95Wheel Covers, wire-style57282.00
    PE1Wheels, turbine-style1,592110.50
    P01Wheel Covers, bright metal25,34526.00
    QEGTires, E78x14 belted, blackwall
    QEHTires, E78x14 belted white stripe28,94328.00
    QFBTires, F60x15 belted, white letter
    QFCTires, F70x14 belted white stripe26,27270.00
    QFDTires, F70x14 belted white letter20,56483.00
    QRTTires, GR70x14 Radial white stripe
    T60Battery, heavy duty7,74615.00
    T93Tail & Stop Lamp
    U14Special Instrumentation10,33582.00
    U18Speedometer - Kilo Export
    U25Lamp - Luggage
    U63Radio, AM pushbutton62,13765.00
    U69Radio, AM-FM pushbutton25,356135.00
    U76Windshield Antenna (when ordered w/o radio)
    U80Speaker, rear seat33,17415.00
    V01Radiator, heavy-duty (V8 only, inc.w/C60)3,80214.00
    V78Plate - Less Cert of Compliance (export)
    VJ9Label - Exhaust Emission Level (California)
    VK3Mounting - License Plate Front
    W84Additional fuel for delivery
    YA7Emission Equipment, required for California11,72015.00
    YD1Axle, trailering ratio23212.00
    YF5Asm Line Emission Test (California)
    YF8Stripe - Sport (Black) with Forced Options
    ZJ4Trailer Towing Package28 41.00
    ZJ7Rally Wheels20,01144.00
    ZJ9Auxiliary Lighting12,909 17.50
    ZK1Body Insulation Package (fleet use only)
    ZK7Noise Level Control
    ZP3Special Paint
    ZR7Factory Pre-Delivery & Service
    ZR8Stripe - Sport (White) with Forced Options
    Z12Gear - Speedometer Driven Fitting & Adapter
    Z21 Style Trim Group35,93056.00
    Z22 Rally Sport Package 11,364118.00
    Z28 Special Performance Package 11,574598.05
    Z49Base Equipment Modification (Canadian Mandatory)
    Z54 Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package25,21735.00

    * Option prices are retail for base model. Prices could be reduced or option could be had at no charge if it was included as standard equipment on the Z28, Rally Sport, Type LT or some other option package.

    1973 Camaro Exterior & Interior Color Codes

    Trim Tag (Norwood Built Camaro)
    Model Year - 1973 Model Description Assembly Plant - Norwood Ohio Fisher Body Sequence Number Interior Color Code - 778 = Dark Saddle Seat Type Code Lower Paint Color Code - 97 = Medium Orange Upper Color Paint Code - 97 = Medium Orange Build Date - 05B = 2nd week of May This is a Z28 Stripe Color - ZR8 = White Stripes

    The trim tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car. Move mouse over code on above trim tag examples for detailed description or Click Here for general trim tag decoding information.

    Paint CodeColorVinyl TopInteriors Available
    11 Antique WhiteB-Bk-Ch-G-N-R-W Bk-Bkb-Bkg-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
    24 Light BlueB-Bk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkw-N
    26 Dark BlueBk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkw-N
    29 Midnight BlueB-Bk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkw-N
    42 Dark GreenBk-WBk-Bkg-Bkw-G-N
    44 Light GreenBk-G-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-G-N
    46 Green-GoldBk-N-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-G-N
    48 Midnight GreenBk-G-N-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
    51 Light YellowBk-W Bk-Bkw-N
    56 ChamoisBk-Ch-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
    60 Light CopperBk-N-WBk-Bkw-N-S
    64 SilverBk-R-WBk-Bkg-Bkb-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
    68 Dark BrownBk-N-WBk-Bkw-N-S
    74 Dark RedBk-R-WBk-Bkw-N
    75 Medium RedBk-N-WBk-Bkw-N
    97 Medium OrangeBk-N-W Bk-Bkw-N-S

    1973 Vinyl Top (RPO CO8) Color Code
    A = White, B = Black, D = Medium Blue, F = Medium Chamois, G = Medium Green, H = Red, T = Light Neutral

    Interior Trim Codes:

    Type LT













    1973 Carpet Color Code (F)
    19F = Black Floor, 24F = Blue Floor, 75F = Red Floor

    Click here for a view of standard interior

    Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bk = Black, Bkb = Black with blue accents, Bkg = Black with green accents, Bkw = Black with white accents, c = cloth, Ch = Chamois, G = Green, N = Neutral, R = Red, S = Saddle, v = vinyl, W = White.

    1973 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics
    1973 Z21 Style Trim - Includes body colored insert on door handles, bright window, body, sill and hood panel mouldings plus bright accented parking lights, taillights and backup lights. (NOT included with Rally Sport option).

    1973 Z22 Rally Sport - Includes special black painted grille with special rubber tipped vertical center bar and resilient body color grille frame; Independent LH and RH front bumpers replacing full width bumper; license plate bracket mounted below RH bumper; parking lights with bright accents mounted on grille panel; Hide-a-Way windshield wipers with black-chrome finished arms and articulated left hand blade; bright window, hood panel and body sill moldings; body colored insert on door handles; RS emblem on steering wheel; Rally Sport front fender nameplates; bright accented taillights and back-up lights. (RS emblems deleted with Z28 option).

    The 1973 Rally Sport front end contains additional reinforcing bars from the fenders to the core support and from the core support to the urethane nose. These were required to pass federal bumper regulations.

    1973 Rally Sport Camaro
    Click here for information on How to verify a Rally Sport

    1973 Z28 Special Performance Package
    1973 Z28 Sales Album Picture
    Other Views: Front 1/4 View | Rear 1/4 View | Rear View

    Z28 Verification: The 5th digit of the VIN will read "T". Period.
    Total Production: 11,574 (6107 w/Manual Trans, 5467 w/Auto Trans)

    Engine: Includes special 350 CID, 245 hp V8, 10hp less than previous year. Torque still 280, Four-bolt main bearing caps, forged steel crank, "big valve" cylinder heads. Cast aluminum rocker covers with internal galleries. Hydraulic lifters replaced solid ones. Aluminum high rise manifold eliminated, replaced by cast iron intake with EGR. Rochester Quadrajet replaced Holley 4-barrel. Dual Exhaust pipe system. A 17-quart cooling system replaced 15-quart used since 1970.

    Click here to see the specific L-82 Engine Components.

    1973 Z28 Carburetor (Rochester Quadrajet 4MV) - A/T - 7043212 | 4 spd - 7043213

    Transmission & Clutch: Close ratio Muncie 4-speed & 11 inch clutch standard, with special 2400-rpm-stall torque converter Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 optional. If car was equipped with Air Conditioning and manual trans, the M20 wide-ratio transmission was used.

    Rear Axle: Positraction standard, 4.10:1 axle dropped. 3.42 for A/T, 3.73 for Manual trans. No options.

    Brakes: 11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (unchanged since 1970)

    Front Suspension: Spring rate: 300 lb./in. Front stabilizer bar 0.938 inch.

    Rear Suspension: Spring rate: 89-99 lb./in. Rear stabilizer bar 0.69 inch.

    Steering : Recirculating ball, variable ratio, power assist. 2.8 (or 6) turns, lock to lock, 38.5 ft. turning radius.
    Power steering had straight 16:1 ratio and was revalved to give more road feel. Unchanged from 1972.

    Wheels & Tires: 15 x 7 steel wheels painted dull grey with bright lugnuts, center caps with blue bow-tie and trim rings,
    Wheel Code: AU, Part #: 3983045, Center cap part #: 3989479, Trim Ring part #: 3984524.
    F60-15 fiberglass-belted white letter tires standard. (unchanged from & identical to 1970)

    Click here to see the specific 1973 Z28 Chassis Specifications.

    Other equipment, options, facts: Air conditioning became available as a Z-28 option for the first time, A/C option with manual trans required M20. Rear "Z28 emblem" is now a foil decal. Price of Z28 package lowered. The Z28 option could be ordered/combined on the Type LT model. U14 instrumentation is now optional.

    Z28 Performance Test Data
    Source: Car & Driver - 9/73: Test Vehicle:
    1973 Type LT Z28/RS, 4 speed, 3.42:1

    Gear Ratio MPH/1000 Max. Test Speed
    1 2.52 8.7 52 mph @ 6000 rpm
    2 1.88 11.6 70 mph @ 6000 rpm
    3 1.46 15.0 90 mph @ 6000 rpm
    4 1.00 21.9 123 mpg @ 5600 rpm

    Standing 1/4 mile: 15.2 sec. @ 94.6 mph
    Top Speed (Observed) 123 mph
    70 - 0 mph 192 ft. (0.85G)
    Fuel Milage: 10.0 - 13.5 mpg/regular fuel
    Cruising Range: 180 - 240 miles
    Interior sound level: 76 (dBA) / 70 mph cruise, 85 (dBA)/ full throttle

    Zero to....Seconds
    30 mph2.8
    40 mph3.9
    50 mph5.2
    60 mph6.7
    70 mph8.3
    80 mph10.4
    90 mph13.2
    100 mph17.8

    1973 Z54 Interior Decor/Quiet Sound - Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting; woodgrain accents on instrument cluster; special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation. (Standard with Type LT)

    1973 Type LT - Included 2 barrel 165hp V8, 7" rally wheels, variable ratio power steering, hidden wipers, blackout rocker sills and moldings, sport mirrors right and left, full instrumentation (U14), extra body and hood insulation, deluxe seat trim, bright beaded woodgrain trim on the instrument panel and doors and LT emblems on the steering wheel and exterior. You could combine RPO Z28 with the LT.

    Click to view Type LT Front 1/4 view | Rear 1/4 view | Side View | Nose Closeup

    Click here to view 1973 Type LT Sales Ad 1973 Type LT with Rally Sport Option Click here to view 1973 Type LT Publicity Photo

    Last updated: 10/20/2011
    Author: MadMike Maciolek

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