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With all the hoopla surrounding the new Camaro 1LE, let's look back at the original.
The story of the ZL1 Camaro, fitted with that rarest of the rare, all-aluminum 427 big-block V-8, is one that has often been told: How only 69 were made, how they exploited the GM option-ordering system, and how they've become the Camaro guy's ultimate Camaro.
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This vehicle is not on display to the public. An appointment is required to view it.Highly regarded Camaro specialist Jeff Richards of Super Camaros was responsible for the restoration of this 1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS396, which has been driven just 250 miles since its restoration was completed. The second-generation Camaro was not a significant departure from the original pony-car long hood, short deck styling template, but Chevrolets styling department delivered one of the most beautifully balanced and tastefully detailed designs ever created by the American car industry. And while there was a surfeit of horsepower amongst the Big Three, few contemporary muscle cars possessed that race-ready vibe like the new Camaro in high-performance trim did.The 1971 Camaros showed subtle but significant changes that included new exterior emblems, new high-back bucket seats, a new steering wheel and softer interior surfaces for increased passenger safety. This Richards-restored SS396 is one of only 1,533 produced with the LS3 engine option in 1971, a number that represents a scant 1.3 percent of total production that year. Like the 1970 Chevrolet big-blocks, this cars correct LS3 engine displaced 402 CI from the factory, but its SS396 badges served to retain brand continuity. Packed with a forged crank, a torque-inducing hydraulic cam, a Rochester Quadrajet on an aluminum intake and dual exhaust, the LS3 was rated at 300 HP at 4,800 RPM and 400 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 RPM, retaining impressive performance despite the move to lower compression ratios. A Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission and 10-bolt Positraction rear end with 3.55 gearing complete the drivetrain, with F41 suspension and power front disc brakes maximizing handling.The cars Mulsanne Blue paint, front and rear spoilers, color-keyed mirrors and BF Goodrich Radial T/As on Argent 5-spoke steel wheels establish its track-ready appearance, and the black bucket-seat interior has been upgraded with a Hurst shifter and console-mounted Auto Meter gauges. This real deal 1971 Camaro SS396 (per Z27 & LS3 codes on trim tag) has what it takes to impress admirers of the classic second-generation Camaro.Restored by Jeff Richards of Super CamarosApproximately 250 miles on restoration1 of 1,533 produced with LS3 engine in 19711 of an estimated 233 LS3 SS Camaros produced with M22 4-speedPeriod Correct 396/300 HP V-8 engine (casting 3969854)4-barrel carburetorDual exhaustVery rare Muncie M22 4-speed manual transmission (period correct, built in 1971)10 bolt rear end, 3.55 Positraction rear endF41 suspensionPower brakesFront and rear spoilersMulsanne Blue with Black bucket seat interior (correct per trim tag)Center console with upgraded Auto Meter gaugesHurst shifterColor-keyed mirrorsArgent 5-spoke wheelsBF Goodrich radial tiresAccelerate Auto Group is a full-service dealership. Third-party inspections are always welcome. We also accept trade-ins. Please ask about our financing options, worldwide shipping, extended warranties and free airport pick-up! We can install any additional parts, upgrades or accessories you are interested in.
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