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03-10-2007, 02:58:58 PM
Hi, I have searched for this topic and can't find info. I have a 1971 z28 and would like to know if this car has the original headlights in it. These are the numbers I was able to take from them. Thanks for the help in advance!

Passenger side Driver Side

2D1 2

ZA102 Z1027
Sealed Beam Sealed Beam

Gary S
03-10-2007, 03:15:59 PM
I'm not sure about 71, but 70 used Power Beam headlights.


03-10-2007, 03:34:12 PM
This link showed and exploded view of the full bumber front end for 71-72 and shows sealed beams?? thanks again


Gary S
03-10-2007, 06:14:05 PM
Power Beams are just the brand name on the sealed beams. I don't know if that is the brand name or just the manufacturer's name. Maybe someone else knows more.

03-10-2007, 06:33:08 PM
Isn't there something about T-3 headllights made before 1971 that are original for these cars?

03-10-2007, 06:51:06 PM
"Isn't there something about T-3 headllights made before 1971 that are original for these cars?"

I'm glad you mentioned that. I have seen original early 1970 Camaros with T-3headlights. These were on original owner or low mileage originals. My 1970 06B car had the original headlights but were Power Beam's.

Good topic.

Rick H.

Gary S
03-10-2007, 07:35:31 PM
The only T3's I've seen used in this era were for 4 headlight systems like used on Chevelle. Any T3 for 2 headlight systems should have been out of production by the time the 70 Camaro arrived.

03-10-2007, 10:04:38 PM
I looked thru the link you suggested Gary and these ones off ebay clearly shows the "power beam" in the middle, these would probably be for the 70's. I read that the T3's were discontinued after 1969. ????



03-10-2007, 11:15:41 PM

For God's sake, don't spend that kind of money on Power Beam headlights...

I picked up a pair of outstanding condition Power Beam headlights for my 78Z off Ebay last year for a small % of what those NOS ones are going for (unless you have a completely sick, low mileage all-original 71, in which case you can probably afford em)

I can't speak for the early 70's headlights, but the ones in my 78 are the SINGLE headlights with both lo and hi beams built into one sealed beam headlight...the Ebay link above goes to a TWO headlight sytem, where there are 4 front headlights and the lo/hi beams are in separate headlights...be careful what you buy...there IS a difference. I know that when I went through the bow-tie judging at Carlisle last year that the judges were looking for Power Beam brand sealed headlights in my car. I know zilch about the lighting on a 71, but unless you have a 4 headlight system I don't think these will work for ya.

03-13-2007, 11:57:35 AM

The Power beams are made by AC just like the T-3 bulbs are. The power beams are correct for 1970 so I don't see anything else being correct for the 1971 Camaro. Maybe we will hear from someone with an original car. :bowtie:

03-13-2007, 02:27:26 PM
How do you guys see at night with stock lights. I drive my car at night too and like to see where I'm going and use Hella 55/100 watt bulbs. For the show goers, buy the OEM and put them in a box until you go to a show.

03-14-2007, 10:52:18 PM
Yeah, night driving is a little challenging. But I am still trying to find out if my bulbs are "original" for this car. Anyone?????? Thanks for the tip as I think I will get a second set of those HELLA 55/100's. Thank you all.

03-15-2007, 12:09:55 AM

All 1970 Camaro's used the New "Power Beam" Headlight starting in January 1970 - All dual headlight systems like Chevelle's still used the T3 logo Headlights, Chevrolet Trucks continued to use the Single Bulb T3 Headlight thru 1970 also

The 1970 Chevrolet Sales Album, this is not the fold out Sales Literature given out at the Dealer ship, this is the Big Sales Album used by the Salesman to show the customer what is available for the 1970 Chevrolet Pass Car, Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, and Corvette with pictures and all the options available for the 1970 Model year has listed in the Special Features Section a picture of a 1970 Camaro Headlight Bezel and the New "Power Beam Headlight and states " Power Beam headlight, Standard on Monte Carlo and Camaro. Headlights are 7-inch units and feature high-output beam design"

The 1971 Camaro fold out Sales Literature given out at the Dealer Ship shows a 1971 Blue SS Camaro with the "Power Beam" headlights, and you can see the "Power Beam" logo very well

The Power Beam Headlights produce by AC Delco became the Standard Headlight in 1971 on all Camaro's Chevelle's Nova's with the Single Style Headlights and were used until the rectangular style headlight replaced the 7" round headlight system in 1982