I had to vote for the 80-82. I have wanted the 82 collectors since I first saw it in 82. Now that I have one at my home I must admit that the 71 convertable is just about as close to my 82 as one can get. I just need to convince my wife that "She" needs it.
I voted for the 80 - 82 not because I have one, but I just love the low front ground effect. Great Lines also.... I had a 1977 and loved the fins off the rear window but prefer the room behind the seats of the 80-82.
i think that 73 marked and end of an era ........my opinion only....no offence meant.....ive read that Zora's favorite model year was the 73 , it was the closest version of what he had in mind......then the government stepped in with cats and stuff.....
the big block took a beating on horsepower this year.....275 dont seem like much....the last year for the bumper......its set apart from any other year.i love all corvettes but the one that grabbed my heart as a young lad was 1973.....took me all my life since to get it....hence the vanity tag.......BOUTIME.
Hey vettedude73! Zora's favorite was the '74 not the '73! He actually owned a '74 big block blue coupe for many years after his retirement. This was was featured in Petersen's Corvette history book.
The '74 is the best looking C3 especially in convertible form. Tom Falconer in his C3 book remarks that the '74 convertible was the zenith of design. There is less added-on chrome. The front matches the rear. It is all beautifully integrated. There are no bumperettes as in other years to spoil the design.
I agree that the 73 and the 74 belong together as they are mechanically very close except for the chrome bumper of the '73. I must state that I know at least 2 individuals that would not buy a '73 because the front and rear do not match. Of course this is their opinion.
But let's not focus just on the outside but what is on the inside as well. What can't be argued is that when you open the hood of a '74 big block, there is no better sight to behold than that 454 engine within the beautiful fiberglass frame. Imagine the very last year of this engine in this gorgeous car!
probly no surprise, but i voted for 73-74. I believe they are special by being the last year of no pollution control, thus the last year of early ( 50-60's tech ) performance cars, its the accumulation of the all the performance tech before it. And before the gov. ( ie. not performance oriented people ) really changed the car world with priorites on safety, fuel mileage and pollution.
74's have some non performance things starting to show on them ( L48 and a bit heavy ) but still...
With some ?tuning? and lots of compression these are very fun to drive
I definately love each and every year too and want to drive them all one day