1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Numbers Matching Z28
1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
-4 Speed Manual Transmission
-Blue With Black Stripes Over Black Interior
-Numbers Matching 410 Rear End
-Numbers Matching M22 Rock Crusher Transmission
-Numbers Matching Motor With Correct Heads
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“The closest thing to a Vette yet.” 1971 Camaro sales brochure
Hagerty: “While the Z/28 was conceived as a Trans Am racer for the road, with a high-revving 302 and a close-ratio four-speed only, the new 1970 ('71) version was a slightly more civilized model.... That said, it was no pretender. The Z/28 package still came with heavy duty suspension and Positraction axle, and under the hood was a 360-horse version of the fantastic solid lifter, high-compression LT1 engine out of the Corvette.”
Offered here is a numbers-matching 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 in Mulsanne Blue (with black stripes) over black. Built in June 1971, and originally delivered to Jim Derrow Chevrolet in Defiance, Ohio, this very well-maintained and highly documented Z28's odometer shows just 46,790 miles, or fewer than 1,000 miles per-year on average since new. Be sure to check the laminated original factory window sticker (included in the photo gallery) for the car's complete and impressive list of options. This is a true Z28.
The Z28's exterior Mulsanne blue paint remains close-to-showroom-new in appearance: excellent gloss, deep reflectivity, and an absence of notable signs of wear or deterioration, including on lower body surfaces. (“Mulsanne” is a region in northwest France after which the long straight section of the 24 Hours of LeMans course is named.) Particularly appealing here are the double black stripes on the hood, and especially on the rear deck where they cross the spoiler. The stripes are crisp and unfaded with no cuts or other damage. All body panels are similarly free of damage with fit at or above the level seen in this era from the Norwood, Ohio assembly plant. The matte-black front spoiler is free of cracks or damage. The tastefully limited chrome on the body remains in excellent condition. Factory-applied badging—“Z28” front grille, rear valance, and both fenders, as well as the Camaro emblem on the hood—is correct and complete. Cabin glass and lighting lenses are clear and free of cracks. Factory 5-spoke styled steel wheels (with black centers, bowtie-logo center caps, and chrome trim rings) are mounted with BFGoodrich® Comp T/A raised-white-letter performance tires.
The car's interior has been treated with the same care as the exterior. Black, vertically pleated upholstery on the front buckets and 2-position rear bench is free of rips, tear, or even much indication of use. Matching black door trim is likewise excellent; chrome door-sill plates are near-perfect indicating owner care and pride. Dashboard surfaces are extremely well preserved with no sign of sun damage or fading. The stock, black, Chevrolet-script steering wheel frames an original instrument cluster with an added Sun® Super Pro tachometer mounted on the column. Chrome-on-plastic trim surrounding the factory instruments and controls has not been damaged by lack of care. The original AM radio is mounted in the center dash, above three upgraded Sun engine-monitoring gauges in the factory location. The shift lever for the 4-speed manual, numbers-matching M22 Rock Crusher transmission is console-mounted and features a chrome shift knob; to its rear, undamaged console trim shows the shift pattern, and a storage box separates the two front seats.
Under the hood is the 360-horsepower, 350-cubic-inch, numbers-matching Turbo-Fire V8 (with the correct heads and original, orange-painted block). The original finned valve covers' crossed-flags identification references the engine's Corvette lineage; the chrome air cleaner cover is likewise stock. The engine bay is exceptionally clean and complete, and thankfully free of shine-enhancing spray-on treatments. All components are properly installed, all hoses and wiring correctly routed. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete and undamaged; rust-susceptible surfaces have been carefully coated with preservative. The impressive, stock performance exhaust system is a focal point.
The Z28's factory identification and build tags remain in place. The photo gallery includes documentation of the many numbers-matching components.
While the more than 170 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '71 Z28 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
The styling of second-generation Camaros is prized by a great many enthusiasts, and when combined with the Z28 bespoke features, makes for a compelling performance car. While the muscle-car era was coming to an inevitable close by 1971, these Camaro simply refused to play that game. Every time the next owner of this Z28 puts their foot down on the accelerator, they'll know the truth of that statement.