1971 Camaro Data

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1971 Camaro Production: 11,178 6-cyl, 103,452 V8, 114,630 total.
Dealer Introduction: 9/29/70

Vehicle Identification Example: 123871N500001

  • First digit is GM Division: 1 = Chevrolet
  • Digits 2&3 are model series: 23 = 6-cyl, 24 = 8-cyl Camaro
  • Digits 4&5 are body type: 87 = 2dr. coupe
  • Sixth digit is model year: 1 = 1971
  • Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly, L for Van Nuys.
  • Last six digits increased one with each car built at each plant.
  •   Click here to view 1971 Dealer Sales Brochure

    Dimensions
    Length: 188.0" Height: 50.5" Width: 74.4" Wheelbase: 108.0"

    Curb Weight: (in pounds, see: 1971 Option weight table)
    12387 - 3186
    12487 - 3310


    1971 Ending VIN by Month
    Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Norwood: 505384 513327 * * * 525983 542888 558615 570194 581213 593741 520889
    Van Nuys: 501727 503052 * * 505416 508544 510841 513969 516618 518440 520553  
    * on strike

    1971 Camaro Spotters Guide and New Features

    While essentially a carry-over from the previous year, the 1971 Camaro had several notable changes including the seats and emblems. In an effort to comply with federal regulations requiring leaded fuel to be phased out, General Motors lowered compression ratios of all engines to a maximum of 9.0:1. Not only did this actually cut horsepower (compared to an 11.0:1 engine), but General Motors also began rating their engines in SAE NET horsepower. In 1971, engines were rated in both SAE NET & Gross HP. Net horsepower is a more accurate indication of actual power production.

    The quickest way to tell a '71 from a '70 is to check the front seats, the 1971 got high backed seats adapted from the vega. From an emblem standpoint, the "C" on the header panel was changed from chrome to Red, and the "Camaro by Chevrolet" trunk lid emblem was shortened to "Camaro". Among the other new goodies on the 1971 Camaro were....

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    Click here to view 1971 Sales Brochure (Note: Brochure is nearly identical to 1970)
    Click here for "Second Generation Camaro Spotters Guide & Summary of Yearly Changes"

    1971 Camaro Engine & Drivetrain Info

      CID Config Bore & Stroke Gross HP @ RPM Net HP @ RPM Gross Torque @ rpm Net Torque @ rpm Comp Carb.
    Base 250 L-6 3.875 x 3.53 145 @ 4200 110 @ 3800 230 @ 1600 185 @ 1600 8.5:1 1V
    Base 307 V-8 3.875 x 3.25 200 @ 4600 140 @ 4400 300 @ 2400 235 @ 2400 8.5:1 2V
    L-65 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 245 @ 4800 165 @ 4000 350 @ 2800 280 @ 2400 8.5:1 2V
    L-48 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 270 @ 4800 210 @ 4400 360 @ 3200 300 @ 2800 8.5:1 4V
    Z-28 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 330 @ 5600 275 @ 5600 360 @ 4000 300 @ 4000 9.0:1 4V
    LS-3 396 V-8 4.126 x 3.76 300 @ 4800 260 @ 4400 400 @ 3200 345 @ 3200 8.5:1 4V

    Notes: 1971 was the year GM lowered compression ratios and began to record horsepower and torque in terms of "net" instead of "gross". The LS-3 "396" V-8 actually displaced 402 cid.

    Engine Suffix Codes
    CAA: 250ci, mtCGK: 350ci, mt, 270hp/SS CJG: 350ci, mt, 270hp/SS
    CAB: 250ci, pgCGL: 350ci, at, 270hp/SS CLA (CLC): 396ci, hp, mt, 300hp/SS
    CCA: 307ci, mt CGP: 350ci, mt, z CLB (CLD): 396ci, at, hp, 300hp/SS
    CCC: 307ci, at, pg CGR: 350ci, at, z CGB: 350ci, pg
    CJD: 350ci, at, 270hp/SS

    Abbreviations: at = Turbo Hydramatic automatic, ci = cubic inch, hp = high performance, pg = Powerglide automatic transmission, mt = manual transmission, sp = special high performance, z = RPO Z28 special performance package. SS = super sport, (CLC/CLD engine code usage is unverified)

    Engine Code Example: V0328CGP - (350 330hp Assembled in Flint assembly plant on March 28)
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    1971 Camaro Powerteams

      BaseBase L-65L48Z-28LS-3
      250307 350350350396
    3- and 4-spd. 1 2.85:1 2.85:1 2.54:1 2.52:1 2,52:1 2.20:1
    manual 2 1.68:1 1.68:1 1.80:1 1.88:1 1.88:1 1.64:1
    transmission 3 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.44:1 1.46:1 1.46:1 1.27:1
    ratios 4 -- -- 1.00.1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
      R 2.95:1 2.95:1 2.54:1 2.59:1 2.59:1 2.26:1
                   
    Clutch diam., in.   9.12 10.34 10.34 11.0 11.0 11.0
                   
    Axle ratios S 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.42:1 3.73:1 3.42:1
      E
      P         4.10:1 --
                   
        Base Base L-65 L48 Z-28 LS-3
        250 307 350 350 350 396
    Powerglide & 1 1,82:1 1.82:1a 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.48:1 2.48:1
    Turbo Hydra- 2 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.48:1 1.48:1
    matic ratios 3 -- -- 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
    R 1.82:1 1.82:1 1.93:1 1.93:1 2.08:1 2.08:1
                   
    Axle ratios S 3.08:1 3.08:1 2.73:1 3.08:1 3.73:1 3.42:1
      E
      P     3.42:1 -- 4.10:1

    Only manual transmission available with base 250 and 307 was the 3-speed.
    Only manual transmission for larger V-8's were 4-speeds.
    a = Turbo Hydra-Matic with 2.52:1 low also available with 307 V-8.
    S = Standard ratio, E = Economy, P = Performance.
     

    Transmission Codes
    TypePlantCode
    3-SpeedMuncie L.D.S
    4-Speed (cast iron case)Muncie L.D.R
    4-Speed (Aluminum case)Muncie H.D.P
    PowerglideClevelandC
    PowerglideMcKinnon E
    Turbo Hydramatic 350ClevelandB
    Turbo Hydramatic 350Toledo Y
    Turbo Hydramatic 350GM CanadaJ

    Transmission Code Example: P1C27C - (1971 Muncie 4 speed, assembled March 27, M22 w/2.20 1st gear)
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    TH400 transmission code is CY and is stamped on a tag which is rivited to transmission case.

    Rear Axle Codes
    CA2.73:1 Locking  CK3.42:1
    CB4.10:1  GX3.08:1
    CG3.73:1  GY3.08:1 Locking
    CJ3.42:1 Locking  GZ2.73:1

    Rearend Code Example: CJG100DE - (Chevy sourced 3.42 Posi, Assembled on day shift of 100th day of the year w/ Eaton Posi)
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    Click Here for general axle info and tooth combinations

    1971 Camaro Factory Options

    RPODescriptionQtyRetail *
    12387Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder 11,178 $2,758.00
    12487Camaro Sport Coupe, 8-cylinder 103,452 2,848.00
    AK1Belts, custom deluxe 16,922 2,848.00
    AN6Adjustable Seat Back, driver side - 19.00
    AS4Belts, custom deluxe rear shoulder 9926.35
    A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows67,25040.05
    A02Tinted Glass, windshield
    A31Power Windows
    B37 Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear22,57612.65
    B93 Guards, door edge 33,124 6.35
    C08 Vinyl Roof Cover 38,329 89.55
    C24 Windshield Wipers, hide-a-way 30,488 21.10
    C50 Defroster, rear window 8,794 31.60
    C60 Air Conditioning 42,537 402.35
    D34 Mirror, visor vanity5,522 3.20
    D35 Mirror, left-hand remote control 40,684 15.80
    D55 Console 72,656 59.00
    D80 Spoilers, front and rear 6,489 79.00
    F41 Suspension, special purpose front and rear 10,975 30.55
    G80 Positraction, rear axle 11,753 44.25
    J50 Power Brakes 41,630 47.30
    J52Front disc brakes
    L48V8 Engine, 350 CID
    L65 Engine, 245hp, 350ci Turbo-Fire V8 34,017 26.35
    LS3 Engine, 300hp, 396ci Turbo-jet V8 (SS) 1,533 99.05
    M20 Transmission, 4-speed wide range 7,603 205.95
    M21 Transmission, 4-speed close ratio 1,721 205.95
    M22 Transmission, 4-speed close ratio heavy-duty 1,290 237.60
    M35 Transmission, Powerglide automatic 13,466 179.55
    M38 3-speed automatic transmission, 300 deluxe
    M40 Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic 77,541 216.50
    NK2 Steering Wheel, custom black 621 15.80
    NK4 Steering Wheel, sport four spoke black 6,216 15.80
    N33 Tilt Steering Column 8,374 45.30
    N40Power Steering 93,163 110.60
    PL3Tires, E78x14 belted white stripe 55,834 26.05
    PL4 Tires, F70x14 belted white letter 20,457 81.50
    PM7 F60-15-B tires - GB white lettering
    PU4 Tires, F70x14 belted white stripe 24,579 68.05
    PY4 F70-14-B tires, white stripe
    P01 Wheel Covers, bright metal 55,363 26.35
    P02 Wheel Covers, special 1,809 84.30
    P06 Deluxe wheel trim cover
    T60 Battery, heavy-duty 5,168 15.80
    U14 Special Instrumentation 12,174 84.30
    U35 Clock 10,338 16.90
    U63 Radio, AM pushbutton 95,776 66.40
    U69 Radio, AM-FM pushbutton 13,310 139.05
    U76 Windshield antenna
    U80 Speaker, rear seat 20,018 15.80
    VF3 Bumpers, deluxe front and rear 1,309 36.90
    V01 Radiator, heavy duty 1,594 14.75
    YD1 Axle, trailering ratio 130 12.65
    ZJ7 Wheels, rally 34,604 45.30
    ZJ9 Auxiliary Lighting Group 6,323 18.45
    ZP5 Appearance Guard Group (Includes B93, B37, D34)    
    ZQ9 Axle, performance ratio 1,294 12.65
    Z21 Style Trim Group 38,161 57.95
    Z22 Rally Sport Package 18,404 179.05
    Z23 Interior Accent Group 32,411 21.10
    Z27 Super Sport Package 8,377 313.90
    Z28 Special Performance Package 4,862 786.75
    Z87 Custom Interior 11,643 115.90

    * Option prices are retail for base model. Prices could be reduced or option could be had at no charge if it was included as standard equipment on the Z28, Rally Sport or Super Sport or as part of an option package.

    1971 Camaro Exterior & Interior Color Codes

    1971 (Z28) Example Cowl Tag & Description
    Model Year - 1971 Model Description - Chevy Camaro V8 2 dr. cpe. Assembly Plant - Norwood Ohio Fisher Body Unit Sequence Number Interior Code - 775 = Black Standard vinyl Lower Body Color - 75 = Cranberry Red Upper Body Color - 75 = Cranberry Red Build Date 03D - 4th Week of March Optional Accessory Code - this happens to be a Z28 Stripe Code - 19 = Black

    The trim tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car. Move mouse over code on above trim tag examples for detailed description or Click Here for general trim tag decoding information.

    Paint CodeColorVinyl Top Interior Availability
    11 Antique WhiteB-Bk-Br-G-W* ALL *
    13 Nevada SilverB-Bk-W775, 776, 777, 785, 786, 789
    19 Tuxedo BlackB-Bk-G-W* ALL *
    24 Ascot BlueB-Bk-W775, 776, 777, 785, 786, 789
    26 Mulsanne BlueB-Bk-W 775, 776, 777, 785, 786, 789
    42 Cottonwood Green Bk-G-W 775, 777, 778, 785, 787, 789
    43 Lime GreenBk-G-W 775, 777, 778, 779, 785, 787, 789, 792
    49 Antique GreenBk-G-W 775, 777, 778, 779, 785, 787, 789, 792
    52 Sunflower YellowBk-W 775, 777, 778, 779, 785, 787, 789, 792
    53 Placer GoldBk-W775, 777, 779, 789, 792
    61 SandalwoodBk-Br-W775, 777, 778, 779, 787, 789, 792
    62 Burnt Orange Bk-Br-W 775, 777, 789
    67 Classic CopperBk-W 775, 777, 789
    75 Cranberry Red Bk-W 775, 777, 789
    78 RosewoodBk-Br-W775, 777, 789

    Stripes were available in black or white only, except black with black paint and white with white paint. For non-vinyl roof cars (except black) black stripes were used unless white was specially ordered.

    1971 Vinyl Top Code
    A = White, B = Black, C = Blue, F = Brown, G = Green

    Interior Codes:

    775
    Bk/std

    776
    B/std

    777
    Sw/std

    778
    G/std

    779
    S/std

    785
    Bk/cc

    786
    Bkb/cc

    787
    Bkg/cc

    789
    Bkw/cc

    792
    Bks/cc

    Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bk = Black, Bkb = Black with blue accents, Bkg = Black with green accents, Bks = Black with saddle accents, Bkw = Black and White with black accents, Br = Brown, cc = custom cloth, G = Green, S = Saddle, std = standard, Sw = Sandalwood, W = White.

    1971 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics

    1971 Z21 Style Trim - Includes bright roof drip, window, and hood panel moldings plus bright accented parking lights, taillights and backup lights.(Included with Rally Sport option).

    1971 Z22 Rally Sport - Includes special black painted grille with special rubber tipped vertical center bar and resilient body color grille frame; Independent LH and RH front bumpers replacing full width bumper; license plate bracket mounted below RH bumper; parking lights with bright accents mounted on grille panel; Hide-a-Way windshield wipers with black-chrome finished arms and articulated left hand blade; bright roof drip, window, and hood panel moldings; RS emblem on steering wheel; Rally Sport front fender nameplates; bright accented taillights and back-up lights. (RS emblems deleted with SS or Z28 option).

    Click here for information on How to verify a Rally Sport


    1971 Z23 Accent Group Interior - Includes additional instrument cluster lighting, wood grained accents on instrument cluster and steering wheel (included in Custom Interior option).

    1971 Z27 Super Sport - Includes 270-hp Turbo-Fire 350 engine and bright accents; Dual exhaust; power brakes, special ornamentation; special hood insulation; LH remote control sport mirror; F70-14 bias belted ply white lettered tires, 14" x 7" wheels; black painted grille; hide-a-way windshield wipers with black chrome finished arms and articulated left hand blade; SS emblems on steering wheel, fenders and grille (exc. when combined with RS), available with V8 only, available with 4-speed manual or automatic transmission only, optional engine is LS3 245 hp 396). 396 engine came with black painted rear panel & required RPO F41.

    Total SS Production = 8377

    Click here to view a [ 1971 Super Sport Camaro | 1971 RS/SS Camaro ]

    L48/350 ci = 6844 LS3/402 ci = 1533
    Carburetor Part numbers    Distributor Part Numbers
    350 ci- 7041203  350 ci- 1112044
    350 ci w/at- 7041202  350 ci w/at - 1112045
    402 ci- 7041201  402 ci - 1112057
    402 ci w/at - 7041200

    1971 Z28 Special Performance Package

    Other Views: RS Side view | RS Nose High Angle | Rear View | 1971 Z28 Sales Brochure

    Engine: Compression ratio lowered from 11:1 to 9:1, resulting in 30 less horsepower and 20 fewer ft./lb. of torque. GM also began rating all engines in SAE net instead of gross horsepower. Solid-lifter cam with lift (0.458) and duration (317/I 346/E) identical to 1970. Stronger engine mounts and larger fuel filter added.

    Click here to see the specific LT-1 Engine Components.

    1971 Z28 Carburetor (780 cfm Holley) - A/T: List 4800, GM # 3989022 | 4 spd: List 4801, GM # 3989021

    Transmission & Clutch: Mandatory choice of Muncie 4-speeds & 11 inch clutch. Hurst Shifter. Special 2400-rpm-stall torque converter Turbo Hydra-Matic optional. (Identical to 1970.)

    Rear Axle: GM 10 bolt, 3.73:1 Positraction ratio standard. 4.10 available (ZQ9)
    12 bolt no longer offered, heavy duty u-joints included with Z28 package.

    Brakes: 11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (identical to 1970)

    Front Suspension: Z-28 anti-roll bar 1.0-inch diameter instead of standard 0.6875-inch unit. (identical to 1970)
    Rear Suspension: RPO F-41 special suspension standard, including 5-leaf rear springs, 125 lb./in. spring rate, staggered heavy-duty shocks, link-type rear stabilizer bar (unchanged from 1970).

    Steering: The 22.5:1 unassisted gear became standard, with variable-ratio power steering now at 15.5-11.8:1 for all Camaros-not quite as fast as 1970.

    Wheels & Tires: 15 x 7 steel wheels painted dull grey with bright lugnuts, center caps with blue bow-tie and trim rings,
    Wheel Code: AU, Part #: 3983045, Center cap part #: 3989479, Trim Ring part #: 3984524.
    F60-15 fiberglass-belted white letter tires standard. (unchanged from & identical to 1970)

    Click here to see the specific 1971 Z28 Chassis Specifications.

    Other equipment, options facts: The short one piece rear spoiler was replaced with a 3 piece spoiler (former COPO 9796 used in 1970) in early part of the model year. Special Instrumentation and drivers side adjustable sport mirror standard.

    Total Production: 4862

    1971 Z87 Custom Interior - Includes deluxe seat (with cloth or vinyl seats) and sidewall trim; cloth seats; glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting; wood grained accents on instrument cluster, steering wheel and door trim panels; luggage compartment mat plus special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation .


    Last updated: 10/20/2011
    Author: MadMike Maciolek

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