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Discussion in 'VIN, Trim Tag & Drivetrain Decoding' started by wnmech, Sep 14, 2020.
She’s titled as a 71 but 50 years ago she was born in Van Nuys Ca. She doesn’t show her age.
My door decal is long gone, but according to the purchase slip, my dad bought mine on Feb 24, 1971, the cowl tag indicates 03C build date (3rd week in March), and he took delivery on March 26, 1971. I think they had to build his to order because even though it was a base model sport coupe, he optioned it up with Z28 suspension, Z28 instrumentation, and 3.42 axle ratio. He just couldn't afford the full blown Z28 as he used to tell me, so he got as close as he could afford to get... lol.
In the end I think it worked out better for me, since knowing the things I wanted to do the car, he probably wouldn't have sold it to me!
Wow! Sure looks great for her age!
That 50 yr old lady is hot
You have F41 on your build sheet/invoice/window sticker (whatever your dad saved) - right? So just to be clear on this for those who run into this thread later (and not to nitpick) but F41 on a base coupe is not exactly the same as Z/28 suspension (F41 is standard on all 1971 Zs). Yes, heavier springs were used and front and rear sway bars were included but a Z received a larger rear sway bar - 11/16” vs 9/16” (IIRC BBC cars received a 5/8” bar). Zs received 15” wheels which were not part of F41 on other Camaros in 1971. Last, Z/28s had a special aluminum spacer under the lower control arm bump stop...unique to Z/28. (I might be mistaken here but I think Zs received slightly different shocks as well.)
I’m also assuming you have U14 on your documentation which would be full instrumentation - which was available on any Camaro not just Z/28. Again, here the 1971 Z differentiates from a sport coupe optioned with U14 - but only in the tach. The Z/28 receives an unique 8000 RPM tach with a red line at 6500. Your car would have had a 7000 RPM tach with, I’d guess, a 5k or 5.5K redline (don’t know the redline on a SC motor).
In 1971 standard rear gearing on a Z, MT or AT, would have been 3.73 with 4.10 optional (although I’m sure one could have ordered it with 3.42:1 if one wanted...it was that kind of a world).
Your Dad’s purchase is a testament to the nearly infinite way a car could be customized from the factory. Even if he couldn’t afford a Z it’s cool he could still add features to make it closer to what he really wanted.
Very clean car
Let's go to the tape! lol...
Your post prompted me to dig out the build sheet...
The 3.42 axle was actually a trailering rear end. There was a book I had a long time ago about Camaro history where it said there were only 130 Camaros ordered with the trailering axle.
I know the car didn't have the 15" Z28 wheels due to photos of the car. It had 14" wheels, I guess per the ZJ7 option code and the PY4 14" tire option. He later bought them separately and put them on.
Nicely optioned non-Z/28
That must be the window sticker or invoice as it doesn’t layout like a body broadcast sheet (“build sheet”) and mentions excise tax
Still quite cool to have the documentation - color me jealous.