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1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe
2017 Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve
ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $60,000
CHASSIS NO: 124871L507744
• Numbers matching 350 L-48 engine with factory four-speed transmission
• Desirable options including air-conditioning, power steering and brakes
• High quality restoration

350 cid OHV V-8, L-48, 270 HP, four-speed manual transmission, coil springs over shocks front suspension, rear leaf springs with shock absorbers, power-assisted hydraulic front-wheel disc and rear-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 108"

Getting the second generation of Camaro into production proved a bit of a challenge at Chevrolet due in part to last minute engineering changes and complications due to a prolonged labor dispute. But when these sleek little coupes came on the scene, they were a smash success and this same basic body shell would continue in production for over the next decade. While the first Camaros had been rushed into production to compete with Ford’s Mustang, these new models were developed at a pace that allowed engineering and design elements to take advantage of the success with the first generation. Continuing with the contemporary layout starting with unibody construction, improved ride and comfort was seen even in the base models. For 1971, there were a number of minor improvements such as the Strato-bucket seats, which provided a bit more support for driver and front seat passengers, and a slightly revised front end grille design. While tighter government restrictions were being applied to all car makers, Camaro made up for these changes with some awesome appearance packages that still sported the image of speed. Rally Sport included a blacked-out grille, special parking lights and those distinctive split front bumpers. Super Sport still had a smidgen of performance requiring the L-48, 270 HP V-8, which was fitted with four-barrel intake, and dual exhaust. Also included in the SS package were the F70 X 14-inch Wide Oval tires and special badging.

It is rather unusual to find both these sporty packages on the same Camaro, but this example came from the factory loaded with all the goodies. This fully restored RS/SS was produced at the General Motors Van Nuys assembly plant in California. Treated to a complete restoration, the body panels are reported to be laser straight and all of the gaps are at or above factory tolerances. It is finished in its original color of Rosewood Metallic, as evidenced by the code 78 on the build plate. Showing just under 47,250 miles, which are reported to be from new, the original Saddle vinyl interior, including the door panels and floor covering, has been preserved and was freshened back to its original appearance during the restoration. The numbers matching L-48 V-8 is backed up by the Muncie M-21 close-ratio four-speed fitted with a Hurst shifter feeding the power to the back wheels through a Positraction rear end fitted with 3.42:1 gears. This Camaro represents all that was right with performance and style back in the early 1970s. Among the factory accessories are original SS specific steel wheels, power steering and brakes, as well as the original air-conditioning system. Also included is the tachometer mounted in the instrument cluster which is fully functional and crystal clear, plus an original AM/FM radio, as well as a full-size spare tire, jack and related tools. While both the interior and exterior have been brought back to showroom fresh in appearance, the engine bay appears better than when it was a new car, and the undercarriage is equally well finished. As more collectors discover the mystique of these early second generation Camaros the values continue to rise. Finding one restored to the quality of this car, and featuring the plethora of desirable options, certainly make this Camaro one worth owning.

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