Are 1973 Buicks collectable? Well, the argument is pretty convincing with this incredible 9,729 original mile 1973 Regal coupe. A spectacular survivor, this car is an incredibly well-preserved time capsule that reminds us that even in the dark days of the OPEC oil embargo, Buicks were pretty cool cars.
What youre looking at is a window back to 1973, with a car that still looks pretty much like it would have a few weeks after rolling off the dealers lot. The code 26 Mediterranean Blue still pops on the crisply shaped Buick bodywork and theres simply no modern paint or paint technique that can duplicate vintage factory enamel. The soft shine looks completely right on the car, offering a soft glow thats a joy to see in person, still plenty reflective and with deep, rich color thats unaffected by four decades of time. And while the Century Regal was one of the more sporty offerings that year, it wasnt overt about it, so no stripes or even badges, just that sweeping front fender line thats reminiscent of the stunning 1942 cars that defined Buick styling for decades. A gray vinyl top is an interesting (and rare!) choice against the blue paint, giving it a subtle, sleek, almost monochromatic look, but thats exactly how it was delivered from the factory. The top itself is in great shape with no major signs of damage, and thats all factory chrome that still shines up brilliantly.
The black interior offers first-class accommodations with handsome pleated seats, warm-looking faux wood trim, and a wrap-around dash. The seats themselves are in outstanding condition with only the most minor signs of use and no rips or tears, and with so few miles, I bet the back seat has only been used a handful of times. The carpets are also excellent, protected by aftermarket rubber mats, and the door panels dont even show a little depression where someones elbow might have rested. The instruments are remarkably bright and crisp, offering a sporty look that neatly bridges Buicks sport/luxury mission. Its not real heavy on options (why are survivors always stripped-down like this?), but there is a factory AM radio and a clock, and you have to admit that even the base Buick looked pretty darned ritzy in 1973. The trunk is quite impressive, sporting an original mat and what is quite likely the original spare tire thats never been down.
The 350 cubic inch V8 is only just broken in with 9,729 miles on it, and thanks to the durability of the Buick small block, it runs great today. Buick was still painting engines Dante Red in 1973, so thats factory engine enamel in there, original decals on the air cleaner, and aside from routine maintenance items, everything is as-installed four decades ago. Even the factory AIR injection system is intact. It starts easily with a notably smooth idle and the hushed exhaust sounds about right for a Buick. A TH350 3-speed automatic feeds torque to the original rear end, and future restorers will be grateful to have this cars chassis as a road map for their restorations. In the meantime, its a shoo-in for preservation class trophies. Heck, even those 205/70/14 blackwall radials look right, although theyre not the original tires (thankfully). Amazingly, the original tires are still available with this car, and are included in the sale!
Fully documented with the original warranty card, owners manual, and a bunch of other paperwork, this is an affordable car that will always attract more than its fair share of attention. Call today!