The 1971 El Camino was nearing the end of the third-generation A-body El Camino. The third generation El Camino was introduced in 1968. Throughout the run of the third generation El Caminos, Chevrolet would remain true to the original concept. Each model year would receive modest updates until it was replaced by the all-new model. In 1973 the El Camino would be all-new like all other GM cars that used the A-body platform.
1971 Chevrolet El Camino
The El Camino received a new front-end styling in 1971 that included single-unit Power-Beam headlights, a new grille and bumper with integral park, signal, and marker lights. Government mandated use of lower-octane unleaded fuel in 1971, resulted in a reduction in engine compression. And GM’s A.I.R. system, a “smog pump” was added to control tailpipe emissions. As with most cars of the day the emissions and fuel requirements greatly reduced power and performance.
1971 engine offerings included the 250 cubic inch 6-cylinder, two small-block V8s with 307 and 350 cubic inches; and two big block V8s with 402 and 454 cubic-inch displacements. Gross horsepower ratings of those engines ranged from 145 for the six to 365 for the 454. GMC introduced a rebadged El Camino, the GMC Sprint, in 1971.
The El Camino featured here is a 1971 SS model. The car is equipped with a 454 cubic inch engine which produced 430 horsepower. It has a GM 400 Turbohydromatic automatic transmission. Other features of this car include MDS Electronic Ignition, 454 SS valve covers with a Loomis wiring package, an induction hood with latching pins, high performance dual exhaust, custom American Racing wheels, and a 12-bolt heavy duty rear end. All wiring is wrapped and secured with Black Flex.
For more about the El Camino see our post on the 1969 Chevrolet El Camino. For other classic Chevys, see our post on the 1965-1970 Chevrolet Impala. To find your own Classic Car or to sell your Classic Car see the listings in Classics for Sale.