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1973 Oldsmobile 98

Stretching 230.3 inches stem-to-stern, the Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight ranks 3rd on our list of the longest sedans of 1973.

As a follow up to our Hard to Park: The Longest Cars of 1975 blog post, we looked back two years further, to 1973. As it turns out, the average car on our 1973 list is almost an inch and a half shorter than those on our ’75 list (231.4 inches versus 232.9), but the longest single car is a ’73 model.

Garage Specs

The average contemporary new-house garage is about 19 feet long.

At 19.3 feet long, the average of our longest cars would not fit inside the garage of the average new-construction house–most of those measure exactly 19 feet in length.

It’s worth noting that the Consumer Guide ’73 buying guide from which we pulled these figures makes no mention of the length of any of the vehicles listed here, nor any difficulty that might be encountered when attempting to parallel park. Instead, a surprising amount of text is dedicated to the updates all of these cars received in the name of reducing emissions output.

Again, if you’ve spent time with one of these hard-to-park classics, let us know. We’d love to hear about it.

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Chrysler Imperial: 235.3 inches (19.6 feet)

1973 Chrysler Imperial

1973 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron 

Base price: $6897

Curb weight: 4856 pounds

 

Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham: 231.5 inches (19.3 feet)

1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham

1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham

Base price: $7638

Curb weight: 5105 pounds

 

Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight: 230.3 inches (19.2 feet)

1973 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight

1973 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency

Base price: $4807

Curb weight: 4646 pounds 

 

Chrysler Newport/New Yorker: 230.1 inches (19.2 feet)

1973 Chrysler New Norker

1973 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham 

Base price: $4080 (Newport)

Curb weight: 4315 pounds 

Buick Electra 225: 229.8 inches (19.1 feet)

1973 Buick Electra 225

1973 Buick Electra 225 Custom 

Base price: $4890

Curb weight: 5074 pounds 

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