Editor’s note: This is the third in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jackson’s Reno auction.
Produced from 1970-1981, the second-generation Camaro was longer, lower and wider than the first-generation Camaro. As a result, the second-gen version is widely accepted to be much more of a driver’s car than its predecessor.
The 1971 Camaro only received minor changes from the 1970 model year. Among those changes were new high-back Strato bucket seats with built-in headrests. The 250-cubic-inch 6-cylinder, 307-cid V8 and two barrel 350 V8 went unchanged while the LT-1 350 V8 used the Z/28 lost 30 horsepower due to a GM-corporate mandate that all engines be designed to run on a lower-octane fuel. The 402-cid V8 in the SS model was limited to 260 horsepower.
In addition to new regulations, production and sales dropped during 1971 due to a 67-day corporate-wide strike combining with declining interest in the pony car market due to astronomical insurance rates for high-performance cars.
This particular 1971 Chevrolet Camaro, Lot No. 640, is from the Robertson collection and is fit for a speed hunter with just 100 miles put on the car since the completion of the build. The car puts down 710 rear-wheel horsepower from a 418-cid LS3 engine featuring a Magnuson TVS 2300 supercharger. Other high-performance upgrades include custom supercharger coolant/oil catch tank, AFCO heat exchanger with dual SPAL fans, Detroit Speed headers, custom stainless exhaust, Billet front drive accessories, Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed transmission.
The suspension includes a Detroit Speed hydro-formed front subframe, Detroit Speed tubular A-arms, power steering rack, Detroit Speed rear QUADRALink with all options, DSE/JRi double adjustable remote canister shocks front and rear, and Detroit Speed mini tubs.
Fiske 3-piece wheels, 18×10 in front and 18×12 at the rear, have black powder-coated centers, with Nitto Nt05 front tires and Mickey Thompson drag radial rears. Stopping this monster are Baer 13-inch cross-drilled rotors, with 6-piston front and rear brakes.
The interior has Detroit Speed Recaro bucket seats, Simpson 4-point race harnesses, Auto Meter Ultralite II gauges with LED backlighting, Kenwood sound system, and a 4-point Chromoly roll bar.
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