1973 heralded the beginning of a
series of silly safety standards dreamed up by grandmothers and drunken sailors
in the government. GM was forced to add large, ugly looking vertical bumper
guards to the existing full-width bumpers. Fortunately, Chevrolet was clever
with the Z28 and RS models, and worked around this regulation by simply
re-enforcing the bumperettes around the stylish split-grille setup.
With the SS now gone from the lineup (due to lack of a big block, primarily),
Chevrolet offered the new LT (Luxury Touring) model, with a series of luxury
options and suspension. 1973 was also the first year for air conditioning in the
The top engine remained the now 245 net horsepower 350 in the Z28, but the
Aluminum intake and Holley had been dropped for a cast-iron manifold and
Only one 1973 Baldwin-Motion Camaro still exists, making it perhaps the rarest.