1971 Chevrolet Camaro
1971 Chevrolet Camaro
- Z28 RS Tribute
- Split Bumper
- 350 V8
- Hood Flames
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“A sports car for the four of you.” – Chevrolet 1971 Camaro magazine advertisement
“You could buy a Corvette. But good as it is, space is limited to two people. So, we also have Camaro. With four seats. And we think we're perfectly justified in calling it a sports car. It certainly qualifies on looks. Our stylists have seen to that. And it performs and handles like a sports car. Our engineers have seen to that. But nothing we can say can take the place of a test drive. So why don't you see your Chevrolet dealer. He's got a sports car waiting. For the four of you.”
In another Camaro ad, the copy included: “… Road & Track calls Camaro “the best American car we've ever driven.” If the advertising writers back in 1971 could've glimpsed the Camaro offered here, they have probably dropped their Martinis in mid-lunch.
This 1971 Camaro coupe is a modified, performance-enhanced, flame-bedecked, Z28 RS/SS Tribute in black over black. The improvements and enhancements are well-executed and properly installed. The car's odometer shows 49,152 miles, or fewer than 1,000 miles per-year on average.
The Camaro's exterior paint—with the exception of the front-end painted-flame graphics—is non-metallic black in very good condition, with light, age-related patina in some areas. Close inspection will show that the full-width flames on the cowl-induction type hood are the result of a painstaking, multi-step, application of successive colors: silver, yellow, orange, and red (front to back). The quality is excellent, and the hot-rod, rock-and-roll, artistic look is spectacular. The chrome finish on the split-front bumpers, center-drop rear bumper, headlight trim, dual exhaust tips, taillight trim, cabin-glass trim, and door handles is all in well-maintained condition. The roof incorporates twin removable glass panels for open-air driving. Badging is limited to just two Z28 emblems, one in the black front grille, and one on the rear-deck spoiler. Cabin glass and lighting lenses are clear and undamaged. The Camaro rides on American Racing® AR61 Series Outlaw 1, staggered-width aluminum wheels mounted with Dunlop GT Qualifier® raised-white-letter tires in the rear, and blackwall steel-belted radials in front.
The car's interior maintains the attractive '71 Camaro stock appearance all in black. The high-back front buckets and rear bench seat are upholstered in vertically pleated vinyl, free of wear indications and damage. Cabin carpeting continues the black theme and includes bowtie-logo rubber protective mats in front. Original door trim has been well-maintained; door-sill step-over plates are in very good condition. The rear deck incorporates multiple speakers for the trunk-mounted, upgraded audio system. A stock steering wheel with Camaro logo frames the stock instrument array including a 160-mph speedometer (with other stock instrument lenses blacked-out) augmented with an AutoGage® tachometer and dashtop-mounted MSD®Shift Light as well as three AutoMeter® engine-monitoring gauges positioned below the JVC® audio head unit (located in the factory radio position). HVAC slide-lever controls are stock, and a grab-bar type shifter (also stock) for the automatic transmission is console-mounted forward of a lockable storage compartment with center armrest. The car's trunk includes the aforementioned supporting audio equipment including a Sony® CD changer.
Under the hood, the 350-cubic-inch V8 features flame-engraved, brushed metal air-cleaner cover (over an upgraded 4-barrel carburetor) and similarly decorated valve covers. (Be sure and sample the engine's exhaust note in the accompanying linked video.) An MSD® electronic ignition system is mounted. The engine bay is clean and components are properly mounted. Viewed from below, the chassis is clean, complete, and undamaged. The full-length dual exhaust system is a focal point, and has not been damaged by too-aggressive driving styles.
The Camaro's original data and information tags remain in place. The sale includes a binder of build-documentation and service records for the car.
While the more than 160 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '71 Camaro 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.
There are people who prefer to drive standard, unremarkable, quiet, beige automobiles. The next owner of this Camaro, like its last owner, is not one of those people.