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 History Of The Chevrolet Camaro

1971 - The Beginning of the End 

Originally on: http://cars.dozer.com/features/camaro_history/camaro_history.html

By tigeraid

A sign of things to come

Overall, very little changes were made to the Camaro through to 1971. However the big change occurred not in the manufacturer, but the government. The new NOx emissions standards forced Chevrolet to lower compression ratios from this point on... Flat top pistons and larger combustion chambers dropped compression ratios considerably. The LT-1 small block now carried a compression ratio of 9.0:1, resulting in a 40 hp loss. The SS Camaro still featured the 396 big block, which now had an actual displacement of 402 cubic inches. The 12-bolt rear end was dropped from the Camaro and would never be seen again. 1971 was also the year manufacturers switched to net horsepower ratings instead of gross, meaning engines were dynoed with full accessories and exhaust bolted on. This was the beginning of the dark ages of performance...

RS Z28

With the exception of the power plant under the hood, very little changed in 1971 for the Camaro. The only major changes were high-back bucket seats and a taller D80 rear spoiler.

SS396

Baldwin Motion produced 73 modified 454 Camaro's for 1971, many of which still exist today. He ordered Z28s and replaced the small block LT-1 with 450hp LS6 454 engines (again, rated, they actually made over 500 hp). He added his trademark L-88 style hood, headers, traction bars, rally wheels, and a special paint stripe scheme. As with the previous B/M Camaro's, these would run 11s in the 1/4 mile...

 

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