I first shot this Sebring in San Mateo, CA. seven years ago, very shortly after I started Curbside Classics at the old site. And on our recent January road trip, I encountered it again, near my SIL’s place. It’s obviously moved forward about thirty feet or so, and it’s showing distinct signs of aging, despite the fairly benign climate. And it looks like someone sideswiped it too, or maybe that happened some other way. And the tires are flatter. In any case, it’s not as fresh looking as it was in in 2009, but neither are the rest of us.
The other two vehicles that were there in 2009 are both still there, although the Mark VII was now behind the Sebring.
Frankly, I was a bit surprised at how much this car has aged in seven years, given its doting owner.
I didn’t shoot the interior this time, but I suspect it hasn’t changed as much. UVs are being blocked considerably.
Already in 2009, it was obvious that the vinyl top had been painted over. And this is a Sebring Plus, even if part of the name is missing. The poor Sebring had a formidable task, in trying to compete with the new GM Colonnade coupes, especially the monster hits Monte Carlo and Cutlass Supreme Classic. And even Ford’s Gran Torino was much more in tune with the times. We covered the ill-conceived 1971 Sebring here in considerable detail, and Chrysler’s efforts at trying to make it look less overtly sporty in 1973 with the new front end and changed C-Pillar was not effective. Now it just looked…dorky; neither fish nor fowl.
The hood was still quite pristine in 2009.
Now genuine patina has erupted through the slowly thinning paint layer. I can relate.
As best as I can tell, this is the only 1973 Sebring to grace the pages of CC, so it deserves an encore. Frankly, it deserves a proper CC, as the first go-around was hardly worthy of that name. Maybe in another seven years…