Some Corvette enthusiasts do not share unconditional love for every single generation of the car’s existence and development, but the C3 seems to generate the most negativity in the looks department. For those looking for C3 with a little character and a little history then perhaps a 1973 Can-Am Corvette is the right choice for you.
After watching a video detailing the highlights of the bright yellow C3 with a numbers matching 454, automatic transmission and with only 50,637 miles on the odometer the $9,500 asking price does not seem completely out of the ball park. According to the description accompanying the video this particular car has been sitting for some time, but it needs a little love to bring it back to its former glory. Although this ’73 C3 is representative of a bygone era, a few modern amenities have been added such as a Viper alarm with remote start.
Despite needing some bodywork in areas, this car is excellent starting point for an a widebody aficionado. Like other widebody offerings the Can-Am offers an aggressive styling options and was sold through catalogs back in its heyday. According to an article on the Greenwood Corvettes website the Can-Am came into existence prior Bob and Ralph Eckler building the Daytona body kit for John Greenwood.
These Can-Am kits were similar to both the Greenwood Sebring GT and Turbo GT offerings, but the proper name for the “Can-Am” style is CR-II. The Ecklers derived the name CR-II from the modified European sports cars that were raced from one café to another, thus the Café Racer or CR-II. Since the history of these aftermarket offerings is intertwined and the kits are mistaken for one another; thanks to detailed article on the Greenwood site it possible to learn many of the intricacies of each of these models.