1973 Camaro Data

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

Vehicle Identification Example: 1Q87T3N182396
* Second digit is model level: Q = Sport Coupe S = Type LT Coupe
* Fifth digit is engine code: D = 250ci, F = 307ci, H = 350ci, tb, K = 350ci, 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.

Dimensions
Length: 188.5 inchesHeight:49.1 inches Width: 74.4 inchesWheelbase: 108.0 inches Weight: 3354

1973 Engines:
CIDConfigBore & StrokeBHP @ RPMTorque @ rpm CompCarb.
Base 250 L-6 3.875 x 3.53 100 @ 3600 175 @ 1600 8.25:1 1V
Base 307 V-8 3.875 x 3.25 115 @ 3600 205 @ 2000 8.5:1 2V
L-65 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 145 @ 4000 255 @ 2400 8.5:1 2V
L-48 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 175 @ 4000 260 @ 2800 8.5:1 4V
Z-28 350 V-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
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.

1973 Drivetrains
    Base Base L-65 L-48 Z-28
3-spd. manual 1 2.85:1 2.85:1 2.54:1 2.54:1 N.o.
transmission 2 1.68:1 1.68:1 1.50:1 1.50:1 N.o.
ratios 3 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 N.o.
  R 2.95:1 2.95:1 2.63:1 2.63:1 N.o.
             
Clutch diam., in.   9.12 10.34 10.34 10.34 N.o.
             
Axle ratios S 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.08:1 N.o.
  E
  P
    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
  R N.o. N.o. 2.54:1 2.54:1 2.59:1
             
Clutch diam., in.   N.o. N.o. 10.34 10.34 11.0
             
Axle ratios S N.o. N.o. 3.08:1 3.42:1 3.73:1
  E N.o. N.o. -- -- 3.42:1
  P N.o. N.o. -- -- --
             
    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 R 1.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1 2.08:1
             
Axle ratios S 3.08:1 2.73:1 2.73:1 3.08:1 3.73:1
  E
  p -- 3.42:1 3.42:1 -- 3.42:1

a = Alternate close-ratio 4-speed (2.20:1 low) also offered at no extra cost.


Transmission Codes
Type Plant Code
3-Speed Muncie S
3-Speed (H.D.) Muncie H
4-Speed (saginaw type) Muncie R
4-Speed (Aluminum case) Muncie P
Turbo Hydramatic 350 Cleveland B
Turbo Hydramatic 350 Toledo Y
Turbo Hydramatic 350 GM Canada J

Rear Axle Codes
CA 2.73:1 Locking   CM 3.42:1 Locking
CB 4.10:1   GX 3.08:1
CG 3.73:1   GY 3.08:1 Locking
CL 3.42:1   GZ 2.73:1

1973 Factory Options
RPODescriptionQty Retail
1FQ87 Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder 3,614 $2,732.70
1FQ87 Camaro Sport Coupe, 8-cylinder 60,810 2,822.70
1FS87 Camaro Type LT Coupe, 8-cylinder 32,327 3,211.70
AK1 Belts, color-keyed seat and shoulder 7,700 14.50
AN6 Adjustable Seat Back, driver side 6,571 18.00
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 68,254 39.00
A31 Power Windows 217 75.00
B37 Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear 25,749 12.00
B84 Moldings, body side 30,503 33.00
B93 Guards, door edge 30,046 6.00
C08 Vinyl Roof Cover 31,339 87.00
C24 Windshield Wipers, hide-a-way 9,906 21.00
C50 Defroster, rear window 17,148 31.00
C60 Air Conditioning 49,504 397.00
D34 Mirror, visor vanity 6,285 3.00
D35 Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior 23,657 26.00
D55 Console 78,616 57.00
D80 Spoilers, front and rear 15,662 77.00
D88 Sport Stripes, hood and rear deck (Z28 only) 6,177 77.00
F41 Suspension, special purpose front and rear 8,322 30.00
G80 Positraction, rear axle 7,190 45.00
J50 Power Brakes 73,913 46.00
L48 Engine, 350ci, 175hp Turbo-Fire V-8 13,220 102.00
L65 Engine, 350ci, 145hp Turbo-Fire V-8 50,262 26.00
M20 Transmission, 4-speed wide range 6,894 200.00
M21 Transmission, 4-speed close ratio 4,494 200.00
M40 Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic 79,404 210.00
N33 Tilt Steering Column 13,177 44.00
N40 Power Steering 64,424 113.00
N65 Spare Tire, space saver 1,314 14.16
N95 Wheel Covers, wire-style 572 82.00
PE1 Wheels, turbine-style 1,592 110.50
P01 Wheel Covers, bright metal 25,345 26.00
QEH Tires, E78x14 belted white stripe 28,943 28.00
QFC Tires, F70x14 belted white stripe 26,272 70.00
QFD Tires, F70x14 belted white letter 20,564 83.00
T60 Battery, heavy duty 7,746 15.00
U14 Special Instrumentation 10,335 82.00
U35 Clock 6,059 16.00
U63 Radio, AM pushbutton 62,137 65.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM pushbutton 25,356 135.00
U80 Speaker, rear seat 33,174 15.00
V01 Radiator, heavy-duty 3,802 14.00
YA7 Emission Equipment, required for California 11,720 15.00
YD1 Axle, trailering ratio 232 12.00
ZJ4 Trailer Towing Package 28 41.00
ZJ7 Rally Wheels 20,011 44.00
ZJ9 Auxiliary Lighting 12,909 17.50
Z21 Style Trim Group 35,930 56.00
Z22 Rally Sport Package 11,364 118.00
Z28 Special Performance Package 11,574 598.05
Z54 Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package 25,217 35.00

1973 Colors
Paint CodeExteriorVinyl Top Interiors
11 Antique White B-Bk-Ch-G-N-R-W Bk-Bkb-Bkg-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
24 Light Blue B-BK-W Bk-Bkb-Bkw-N
26 Dark Blue Bk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkw-N
29 Midnight Blue B-BK-W Bk-Bkb-Bkw-N
42 Dark Green Bk-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-G-N
44 Light Green BK-G-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-G-N
46 Green-Gold BK-N-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-G-N
48 Midnight Green Bk-G-N-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
51 Light Yellow Bk-W Bk-Bkw-N
56 Chamois Bk-Ch-W Bk-Bkg-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
60 Light Copper BK-N-W Bk-Bkw-N-S
64 Silver BK-R-W Bk-Bkg-Bkb-Bkw-Ch-G-N-S
68 Dark Brown BK-N-W Bk-Bkw-N-S
74 Dark Red BK-R-W Bk-Bkw-N
75 Medium Red BK-N-W Bk-Bkw-N
97 Medium Orange BK-N-W Bk-Bkw-N-S

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

Interior Codes: 773 = Bk/v/LT, 774 = Bkb/c/SC, 775 = Bk/v/SC, 776 = Bkw/c/SC, 777 = G/v/SC, 778 = S/v/SC, 779 = N/v/SC, 780 = Ch/v/SC, 781 = Bkg/c/LT, 785 = Bkw/c/LT, 786 = Bkb/c/LT, 788 = N/v/LT.

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, LT = Type LT, N = Neutral, R = Red, S = Saddle, SC = Sport Coupe, v = vinyl, W = White.

1973 Spotters Guide & New Features


1973 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics

Spring Information

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. (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; Independant 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 SS or Z28 option).

1973 Z28 Special Performance Package
Engine: Net horsepower down by 10, to 245. Torque still 280, Hydraulic lifters replaced solid ones. Aluminum high rise manifold eliminated. Rochester Quadrajet replaced Holley 4-barrel. A 17-quart cooling system replaced 15-quart used since 1970.

PartCasting # GM P/NDescription
Block (CLJ) M/T
Block (CLM) M/T w/NB2
Block (CLK) A/T
Block (CLL) A/T w/NB2
Crank
Heads
Cam
Pistons
Intake3997771
Exhaust 3989041 Left Manifold
Exhaust 3959562 Right Manifold
Distributor
(Accessories)

Transmission & Clutch: Mandatory choice of Muncie 4-speeds & 11 inch clutch, with special 2400-rpm-stall torque converter Turbo Hydra-Matic optional. (Unchanged since 1970.)

Rear Axle: Positraction now standard, 4.10:1 axle dropped.

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

Suspension :
Steering : Power steering had straight 16:1 ratio and was revalved to give more road feel. Unchanged from 1972.
Part  GM P/N Description
Steering Gear   
Valve    
Pitman Arm  3964877  Manual Steering
Pitman Arm  3964881  Power Steering
Front Swaybar 3984557  1.00" dia.
Rear Swaybar  481471  0.688" dia.
Rear Swaybar  3983085  0.688" dia.
 Part #  Code Specs
Front Spring  3982345   EJ
Front Spring  3982346   EN
Front Spring  3982347   EO
Front Spring  3996362   w/o CAC
Front Spring  3996364   w/ CAC
Rear Spring  481992   PK 125 lb/inch
Rear Spring  480881   125 lb/inch

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)

Other Options, equipment, facts: Air conditioning became available as a Z-28 option for the first time. Price of Z28 package lowered.

Total Production: 11,574 (6107 w/Manual Trans, 5467 w/AutoTrans)

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.


Last updated: 5/10/1998
Author: MadMike Maciolek
Email: iracez28@stc.net
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