1970 Production Date

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  1. mjd1969ss

    mjd1969ss New Member

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    What date was the first day of production for the 1970 model year?
     
  2. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    February 26 is listed as the "Dealer Introduction Date" which I believe means the first date that dealers were allowed to process sales. They of course wanted one date for all dealers. Cars were at the dealers then and customers could place orders. I'm not sure if customers could place orders before this date or not. They most likely could, jst like today you can place a order for a car before the dealer launch date.

    The build at Norwood and Van Nuys started I think in early January in very limited quantities (aka pilot builds and line prove-outs). There were vehicle "walk throughs" even before this.

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  3. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    "Very limited" may have been too severe, but you don't see many 01A build dates. More 01B and C's.

    January 1 was on a Thursday in 1970 so the assembly plants were probably seeing more maintenance activity then real production.
     
  5. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    The Norwood cowl tags have a sequence number on them that corresponds with the "build day" of the year. I don't have enough of those tags to be 100% sure, but it appears from the early tags I've looked at that production started around January 6. The LA tags have a similar number on them, but is easier to read as it has the actual date of the tag. But, again, I don' t have enough of those early tags to identify the actual day production started.
    Since there are 01A tags from both plants, we do know that production started the first week.
     
  6. mjd1969ss

    mjd1969ss New Member

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    Thanks to everyone for their responses, I have an early built SS396 L34 Norwood car, vin is #671, I just received the NCRS and was surprised that it returned a build date of 1/13/1970. I would have thought it would be the first week given it was an 01A tag. I know the production started slow and probably a lot of abnormalities exist given the delay but was hoping for some clarity

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  7. 70 SS/L78

    70 SS/L78 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Somewhere there's more info on this but I think the NCRS date of 1/13/70 is the date Chevrolet documents indicate when the car was completed and ready to ship, not when it started production.
     

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