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1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS

Documented Restored Camaro Z/28 Rally Sport LT1 V8 M22 Rock Crusher 4 Speed
Stock #
135306
Body Style
Coupe
Engine
350 LT1
Exterior Color
Cranberry Red
Interior Color
Black
Miles
25412

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS Red For Sale
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  • Original LT-1 V8
  • Correct F41 Sports Suspension
  • Original sheetmetal / Correct Cranberry Red paint
  • Authentic Z28 Rally Sport that’s been featured in two books
  • Original Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission
  • Correct power steering / Correct power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Mostly original Deluxe Interior
  • Correct 10-bolt rear axle / Correct posi-traction differential / Correct 3.73 gears
  • Correct 15-inch Rally Wheels
  • Fully documented

SUMMARY

  • Authentic Z28 Rally Sport that’s been featured in two books
  • Original LT-1 V8
  • Original Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission
  • Original sheetmetal / Correct Cranberry Red paint
  • Mostly original Deluxe Interior
  • Correct 10-bolt rear axle / Correct posi-traction differential / Correct 3.73 gears
  • Sale includes: an original build sheet / Restoration documents / Copies of the car’s features
  • Correct power steering / Correct power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Correct F41 Sports Suspension
  • Correct 15-inch Rally Wheels

As cool as first generation Camaros are, it seems that EVERYONE either owns one or knows someone who owns one. And as much as we enjoy watching killer F1s parade through our doors, it’s always nice to see a super clean second generation car. Being an avid Camaro fan, you probably know finding a well done split-bumper tribute isn’t all that hard. But the chances of scoring a documented, authentic Z28 Rally Sport seem almost as likely as purchasing a winning lotto ticket. Luckily, since the passionate gearheads at RK Motors Charlotte specialize in the unique and hard to find, we can offer you rare opportunities like this awesome Cranberry Red hugger. Sporting a numbers-matching drivetrain, which follows a high performance LT-1 with a tough Rock Crusher 4-speed, the car was featured in Gary Witzenburg’s Camaro: An American Icon. Wrapping an exclusive Deluxe Interior in all-original sheetmetal, it was chosen by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide for their Muscle Car Chronicle. And, as a well maintained classic that’s believed to have logged only 25K miles, it’s a solid, road-ready muscle car that’ll take you right back to the high octane summer of 1971!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Assembled at GM’s Van Nuys manufacturing facility in December of 1970, this super clean coupe is a customer ordered car that officially met its first owner at San Francisco’s Ellis Brooks Chevrolet and began a 44-year life of impeccable maintenance. As a result, the car’s all-original sheetmetal has never been wrecked, patched or subjected to any major bodywork aside from a new coat of correct Cranberry Red paint and fresh black stripes. And today, equipped with an original, unrestored trunk, it’s very evident that this Chevy is more than just a weathered carcass that’s been pulled from a field and subjected to a ‘resale restoration’. Glossy pigment highlights well-aligned panels that were likely adjusted during their mild facelift. And, while those impressive lines would rather scorch the boulevard than grace the concours, they’re an excellent embodiment of the charming character that makes the 2nd generation Camaro one of GM’s most polar muscle cars.

General Motors envisioned the second generation Camaro as a working man’s Ferrari and, thanks to a better timeframe and bigger budget, effectively addressed many of the complaints enthusiasts had about the F1. Longer, wider, lower to the ground and more aggressive, the ‘hugger’ was certainly more of a driver’s car, and is widely regarded as some of the best iron Detroit ever produced. At the front of this coupe, a correct Rally Sport fascia centers a chrome-trimmed, “Z28” branded grille between small Rally Sport bumpers, bright halogen headlights, correct Rally Sport parking lamps and a sculpted D80 chin spoiler. Behind that fascia, a correct Z28 hood anchors tinted, stainless-trimmed glass between body-matched sport mirrors, correct windshield wipers and slender drip rails that flow in to correct reveal moldings. At the sides of that hood, a clean fuselage centers bold “Z28” emblems between correct door guards, clean marker lamps, correctly striped door handles and subtle rocker trim. And at the back of that fuselage, a “Camaro” branded decklid hangs a “Z28” branded ‘70 Camaro spoiler above a guarded bumper, correct Rally Sport taillights and a chrome trunk lock.

ENGINE

A lot of car buffs rave about the first generation Z/28 and Chevrolet’s legendary DZ 302. But in reality, the LT-1 350 found under this Camaro’s hood is a much better engine, especially when the pros at Indy Cylinder Head get their hands on it. That’s right, this numbers-matching small block, which hangs a correct 3970010 casting number behind a build sheet-matched “CGP” suffix and matching partial VIN, benefitted from $7,200 of Indy Cylinder Head upgrades. But here’s the kicker: you’d never know that by looking at the car. Ask any Camaro purist what they see and, aside from gleaming headers, they’ll call this beast a factory-spec powerplant. That said; pretty much everyone can appreciate Indy’s tweaks when it comes to enjoying a little seat time. At the top of the hot mill, a polished, painted and decaled air cleaner feeds a big Holley 4-barrel, which rides on a familiar Winters intake. That intake feeds factory Chevrolet heads, which center finned valve covers over bronze valve guides, hardened chromoly pushrods and Comp Magnum rocker arms. At the back of those heads, a traditional looking distributor utilizes Pertronix performance ignition to sequence spark through correct Packard TV R Suppression cables. That spark compresses inside a bored and honed block, which frames solid lifters, a Comp flat-tappet cam and an Eagle 383 rotating kit. At the sides of that block, coated Hedman Hedders, equipped with factory-style smog tie-ins, funnel spent gases in to a large-diameter, true-dual exhaust system. At the front of those headers, factory power steering joins a rebuilt Camaro alternator and tough Cloyes timing components to round out a roster of high quality ancillaries. And, at the front of those ancillaries, a shrouded and decaled radiator rides between factory fender bars and correct Rally Sport nose braces.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

In 1971, the only transmission you wanted in your Z28 was GM’s tough Muncie Rock Crusher, and that’s exactly what lives behind this car’s mean small block. Naturally, that original M22 centers a correct 3925661 casting number in front of a Muncie (P) M22 © assembled on December (T) 11th (11), 1970 (0) build stamp and matching partial VIN. There’s a correct 10-bolt rear end that’s equipped with a correct posi-traction differential, correct 3.73 gears and original 28-spline axles. That driveline hangs in a correct F41 Sports Suspension, which combines correct power steering with correct power front disc and rear drum brakes. That suspension is dissected by a beefy Pypes exhaust system, which centers an X-shaped crossover in front of a correctly mounted Pypes Race Pro muffler. That exhaust system is framed by solid, original floors that, to the best of our knowledge, have never been stripped or restored. And those floors roll on 15-inch Rally Wheels, which spin two 245/60 BF Goodrich Radial T/As, and two 255/60 BF Goodrich Radial T/As, around dent-free trim rings and blue-tinged center caps.

INTERIOR

Open the car’s long doors and you’ll find a Deluxe Black interior that, for the most part, appears to be original equipment. There’s a quartet of cloth buckets that, thanks to great care, have aged exceedingly well. In front of those seats, a silver-trimmed dash hangs a correct Delco pushbutton radio under Z28-specific telemetry that’s framed in Deluxe wood applique. At the bottom of that dash, a correct, wood-trimmed console centers a chrome Hurst shifter on fade-free carpet that’s protected by Chevrolet-branded floor mats. Opposite that console, hard to find Deluxe door panels found more bright applique in straight, stainless trim. Above those panels, a tight headliner complements Deluxe shoulder belts. The driver stays connected to the road through a correct Sport Steering Wheel, which spins around a tilting column. And passengers haul cargo in the aforementioned unrestored trunk, which hides a full-size spare tire under correct lighting, original decklid paint and original decklid decals.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

It’s pretty easy to confirm the authenticity of this handsome panther’s appearance. Here’s a through breakdown of the car’s VIN and Cowl Tag.

VIN: 124871LXXXXXX

  • 1: Chevrolet Motor Division
  • 2: Camaro
  • 4: V8 engine
  • 87: 2-door coupe
  • 1: 1971 model year
  • L: Assembled in Los Angeles, California (Van Nuys)
  • XXXXXX: Production Sequence Number

COWL TAG:

  • 71: 1971 model year
  • 12487: Chevrolet (1) Camaro (2) 2-door coupe (87) that’s equipped with a V8 engine (4)
  • L: Assembled in Los Angeles, California (Van Nuys)
  • 02495: Fisher Body number
  • 785: Black Deluxe cloth interior that’s fitted with bucket seats
  • 75: Cranberry Red lower body paint
  • 75: Cranberry Red upper body paint
  • 12C: Assembled during the third week © of December, 1970
  • 135277: Van Nuys internal plant code
  • 180435: Van Nuys internal plant code

Since this authentic Z28/RS is still paired with one of its original build sheets, we have the exact list of options installed by GM’s Van Nuys assembly plant.

  • AK1: Deluxe seat and shoulder harnesses
  • A01: Soft Ray tinted glass
  • A02: Tinted windshield
  • B42: Trunk mat
  • B69: Roof sound deadener
  • B80: Roof drip moldings
  • B85: Belt reveal moldings
  • B93: Door edge guards
  • C24: Hidden windshield wipers
  • D35: Remote driver’s mirror
  • D55: Console
  • D80: Front and rear spoilers
  • D92: Door handle décor stripes
  • F41: Special Sports Suspension
  • GT4: 3.73 gears
  • G80: Posi-traction axle
  • J50: Power brakes
  • M22: Heavy-duty 4-speed transmission
  • NK4: Sport Steering Wheel
  • N10: Dual exhaust
  • N40: Power steering
  • PM7: F60x15 white letter tires
  • T60: Heavy-duty battery
  • T93: Special tail lamps
  • U14: Special instrumentation
  • U25: Trunk lamp
  • U26: Under hood lamp
  • U27: Glove compartment lamp
  • U28: Ashtray lamp
  • U29: Instrument panel courtesy lamp
  • U35: Electric clock
  • U63: Pushbutton radio
  • U76: Windshield antenna
  • U80: Rear speaker
  • VJ9: Exhaust emissions label
  • Y02: Custom front seats
  • Y03: Custom rear seats
  • Y05: Floor sound deadener
  • Y10: Custom trim
  • ZJ9: Lite Group
  • ZK1: Insulator Package
  • Z22: Ralley [sic] Sport
  • Z28: Special Performance Package
  • Z87: Deluxe Interior
  • XXX: Customer order

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

  • The aforementioned build sheet
  • An original tag frame from Ellis Brooks Chevrolet
  • Restoration notes
  • Restoration receipts
  • Driveline photos
  • A cam card
  • Dyno results
  • Copies of some of the car’s previous titles and registrations
  • A copy of Camaro: An American Icon
  • A copy of Muscle Car Chronicle
  • A pair of correct exhaust manifolds
  • A correct decklid spoiler
  • A high quality California Car Cover

One of Detroit’s best combinations of performance and style, early second generation Camaros present excellent opportunity for savvy enthusiasts. And, because of their cool aesthetics, authentic Rally Sports are some of the most desirable F2s on the market. With its clean bones and numbers-matching drivetrain, this fully sorted coupe is the kind of old school muscle that can make any enthusiast happy. And for the low asking price of only $59,900, it’s one heck of a deal!

Basic

Year
1971
Make
Chevrolet
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Camaro
Secondary Model
Z/28 RS
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car
Mileage
25412

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350 LT1
Engine Number
3970010
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Muncie M22
Transmission Number
3925661

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
RH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
No

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Cloth
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Cranberry Red
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
Yes

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
10 Bolt 3.73 Posi
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
245/60R15
Rear Tire Specification
255/60R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spare
Full Size
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Pypes

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
  • Featured in Gary Witzenburg’s Camaro: An American Icon.
  • Featured in the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide’s Muscle Car Chronicle.
Historical Documents Summary
* Original build sheet. * Ellis Brooks Chevrolet tag frame. * Restoration notes. * Restoration receipts. * Driveline photos. * A cam card. * Dyno results. * Copies prev. titles and registrations. * Camaro: An American Icon. * Muscle Car Chronicle.

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