1971 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO EVOLVES
The 1971 El Camino along with its Chevelle stablemate, retained the same basic sheetmetal as the 1970, but got a new front facia with single headlights instead of doubles, a new grille and front bumper, and a one-piece turn signal/parking light/side marker light on either front corner. The rear end remained unchanged. GMC launched their own version of the thinly-disguised El Camino in 1971 and called it the GMC Sprint.
1971 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO ENGINE OPTIONS
1971 marked the end of the muscle car. That year, federally-mandated unleaded fuel with lower octane forced GM to lower the compression ratio of their engines, which in turn reduced power and performance. GM’s A.I.R. system was a smog pump that was supposed to help clean up tailpipe emissions, but it just further hurt performance. Horsepower ratings were quickly heading south, and sounded laughable at the time, even more so by today’s standards. The standard engine was the 250ci 6-cylinder with 145hp. Then there were several 307 and 350 small block V8s offered. And for a little while longer, you could still get a big block, either a 402 (formerly 396) or a 454 LS5. Alas the LS6 was gone forever, a one-year flash-in-the-pan. And the LS5 had been choked down to 365hp.
1971 Chevrolet El Camino PRODUCTION NUMBERS
Standard El Camino 6-cylinder
Standard El Camino V8
Custom El Camino 6-cylinder
Custom El Camino V8
El Camino SS
Total 1971 El Camino
SS was an option package on Custom V8s. Included above.