AJ’s Car of the Day 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

AJ’s Car of the Day 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The second-generation Chevrolet Camaro was produced from 1970 through the 1981 model years. It was longer, lower, and wider than the first generation Camaro. A convertible body-type was no longer available. GM engineers said the second generation¬†was much more of “A Driver’s Car” than its predecessor. The 1971 Camaro received only minor appearance changes from its 1970 counterpart. Inside, new high-back Strato bucket seats with built-in headrests replaced the 1970-only low-back seats with adjustable headrests.

What made it famous: 12 new colors were added and vinyl roof choices went from three colors to five. The muscle car connection was fading away as more luxury options were ordered. The LT-1 350 V8 used in the Z/28 dropped from 360 hp SAE gross to 330 horsepower SAE gross due to a compression ratio decrease from 11.0:1 to 10.3:1. The 350 V8 engine in the 1971 Camaro Z28 produced 275 horsepower SAE net.

Why I would want one: The ’70-73 Camaro was one of the best looking body styles, and still had the chrome bumpers front and rear, before Chevrolet began using the larger metal then urethane covered bumpers in later years.

Fun fact: Chevrolet was hit by a two-month strike in the fall of 1970 and the Norwood, Ohio plant where the Camaro was built was badly affected. As a result, sales fell to 114,630 units, most of which were V8 models.