1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Amazing Restoration Process, Technical Specifications And Analysis

1971 Chevy Camaro z28

The 1971 Chevrolet Camaro z28 had little stylistic differences from the 1970 model. Due to the lower compression ratio, the special 350 CID engine in the Camaro Z28 model could only produce 275 horsepower under the new “Net” ratings. This was less power than the previous year.

Highlights from the 1971 Camaro advertisement:

Inside, the 1970s-only low-back bucket seats with adjustable headrests were replaced by new high-back Strato bucket seats with integrated headrests.

1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Technical Specifications:

The most significant modifications were made to the engine because of a GM corporate directive that all engines be built to operate on regular-leaded, low-lead, or unleaded gasoline with a lower octane rating. This required lowering compression ratios and horsepower numbers.

Engine Specifications

Horse Power

330 hp @ 5600 rpm
360 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Performance Statistics

0 to 60 mph
Quarter Mile

7.0 sec
14.8 sec @ 96.35 mph

Production and sales went down because GM went on a 67-day strike that started in late September 1970 and ended when the 1971 models came out. There was also a steady drop in interest in the ponycar market because insurance costs for high-performance vehicles were going up.

After 1972, there were rumors that the Camaro might be taken off the market. A year later, the only plant that made Camaros and Firebirds, in Norwood, Ohio, was hit by another workers’ strike, which almost proved the rumors true.

The Z28, which added $786.75 to the standard Camaro MSRP and had a 4,862 unit production run, was the model with the lowest sales.

Painless Performance Products of Fort Worth, Texas has brought this 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 back to its former glory as part of a restoration project