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Discussion in '1970 - 1973 Specific' started by mjd1969ss, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:40 PM.
What date was the first day of production for the 1970 model year?
Feb. 26 1970?
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.
The registry indicates that regular production started the first week of January 1970. However, a handful of pre-production cars were assembled some time in November 1969 for use in advertising pictures and likely some testing.
"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.
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.
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
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.