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jamesolefjensen 12-22-2019 10:19 AM

1973 Front Bench Seat Question
My wife and I have a 1973 Impala 2 door It needs a new front seat cover but I can't seem to find a supplier. Any suggestions? Is the 73 an odd ball when it come to interiors or will a seat cover from another year fit?

73 Impala

PS I am new to this forum

Big Dave 12-22-2019 10:55 AM

Welcome to the Team James and Mrs.!

I do not believe the 1973 is unique; it just isn't as popular as the 1958-'64 X-frame cars, or the second most popular 1965-'70 body styles that had a 427 BBC and disc brakes from the factory. Your body style was shared with the 1971-'76 production years.

In that band all of the car's parts should interchange. You need not restrict your self to just Chevys though, as after 1972 you needed to read the trim to know who is selling you the car because Chevy, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac all shred parts including motors. A Cadillac was just an over priced Impala which is why the Olds and Pontiac line disappeared (people finally figured it out and sales dropped, with Buick making the cut only because the Chinese people love the American made Buick).

In the case of seats everybody except the entry level on price point Chevy cars had a split bench seat with a middle arm rest as an option (standard on Buick and Cadillac). And following marketing rules set down by GM; though the seats were identical, the fabric covering the seats could reflect the branding and luxury level (crushed velour on Buick seats and leather covering a Caddy seat).

Big Dave

jamesolefjensen 12-22-2019 11:07 AM

Thanks for the quick reply. These forums are a great resource (I also have a Corvair and would be lost without Corvaircenter). I figured GM and especially Chevrolet would spread tooling costs over multiple years. This approach is well known among the other cars of this era. Any recommendations on where to get seat covers? Year One and OPGI have great stuff for my Malibu (yes I have one of those too) but are skimpy when it comes to this Impala.

73 Impala

Big Dave 12-22-2019 12:51 PM

I don't think the restoration market will have anything year specific due to the low demand. Best bet is to look for a car sold off by a retiree who didn't drive it much and kept the car in a garage for most of it's life. Usually a young kid buys it and wrecks it shortly after buying it due to lack of driving experience. It will be just a matter of luck or persistence in finding what you need in a salvage yard.

Big Dave

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