1971 Chevelle Regular Production Options by Series/Model*

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Options not listed by model codes as in previous years, only by Chevrolet Division car lines. This page will only list the RPO code, quantity sold, possible number of units the option was available on, and the percentage of those sold vs. possible. One exception is when the figure 128,600 is shown in the Units Possible column, that is the Monte Carlo.

Chevrolet did not retain any records on combinations of options. This means it is impossible to know how many of any particular series and model came with any combination of options such as how many convertibles were built with a 4-speed and/or a specific optional engine or how many 2-door sport coupes came with a radio.

Line items with orange bar are items shown on some dealer new car records but not shown as options reported by GM.

RPO Description Quantity
Reported Sold
Units
Possible
%
AK1 Seat Belts & Front Shoulder Harness - Deluxe 91,887 521,161 18
AQ2 Electric Seat Back Lock Release 195 353,656 --
AS4 Rear Seat Shoulder Harness - Deluxe 245 515,635 --
AU3 Electric Door Locks 6,430 516,797 1
A01 Tinted Glass - All Windows 370,582 514,668 72
A02 Tinted Glass - Windshield 6,827 128,600 2
A31 Windows - Electric Control 10,774 128,600 8
A33 Tail Gate Window - Electric 18,479 32,675 57
A39 Custom Deluxe Seat Belts, Front & Rear 799 5,089 16
A41 Front Seat Electric Control 4-Way 1,744 128,600 1
A46 Front Seat Electric Control 4-Way Bucket 1,186 128,600 1
A51 Strato-Bucket Seats 52,638 370,285 14
A85 Deluxe Shoulder Harness 72 5,089 1
A90 Rear Compartment Lid Release - Electric Control 3,060 128,600 2
B37 Floor Mats 127,473 515,625 25
B85 Body Side Molding Upper 24,174 128,600 19
B90 Door Window Frame Molding 9,547 106,324 9
B93 Door Edge Guards 170,733 509,076 34
C05 Folding Top 5,089 5,089 100
C08 Exterior Soft Trim Roof Cover 240,635 469,409 51
C50 Rear Window Defroster 36,416 464,690 8
C51 Rear Window Deflector 9,239 32,970 28
C60 Air Conditioning - Deluxe 311,464 493,418 63
D35


D33
Outside Mirror - Remote Control (shown on build sheets) (5)
n/a when SS Equipment ordered as this was part of the SS Equipment option package.
(GM's Options When Installed By Chevrolet worksheet and build sheets) (5)
97,133 516,797 19
D34 Vanity Visor Mirror 26,334 514,668 5
D55 Front Compartment Console (requires A51) 46,614 370,285 13
D88 Sport Stripes 13,382 241,685 4
F40 Special Front and Rear Suspension 17,711 245,898 5
F41 Special Performance Front and Rear Suspension 16,431 279,378 6
G67 Rear Shock Absorber Level Control 2,297 128,600 2
G80 Rear Axle - Positraction 33,994 504,044 7
JL2 Front Disc Brakes 83,868 359,591 23
J50 Vacuum Power Brake Equipment 124,996 359,591 35
K30 Cruise Master Speed Control n/a n/a -
K85 A/C Generator 63 amp 3,620 521,161 1
LS3 Engine - V8, 400 Cu. In., 4-bbl carburetor (4 - Excluding Monte Carlo)
Engine - V8, 400 Cu. In., 4-bbl carburetor (3* - Monte Carlo only)
Engine - V8, 400 Cu. In., 4-bbl carburetor (total)
9,023
8,633
17,656
364,818
128,600
493,418
2
7
4
LS5 Engine - V8, 454 Cu. In. Hi Performance (4 - Excluding Monte Carlo)
Engine - V8, 454 Cu. In. Hi Performance (3* - Monte Carlo only)
Engine - V8, 454 Cu. In. Hi Performance (total)
7,583
1,919
9,502
235,465
128,600
364,065
3
1
3
L48 Engine - V8, 350 Cu. In. 78,771 493,418 16
L65 Engine - V8, 350 Cu. In., 2-bbl carburetor 119,379 364,818 33
MC1 Heavy Duty 3-speed Transmission 548 364,518 --
M11 Floor Shift Transmission 2,511 364,818 1
M20 4-Speed Transmission (4 - Excluding Monte Carlo)
4-Speed Transmission (3* - Monte Carlo only)
4-Speed Transmission (total)
9,437
349
9,786
364,818
128,600
493,418
3
<1
2
M22 4-Speed Transmission - Heavy Duty 3,035 235,465 1
M35 Powerglide Transmission (4 - Excluding Monte Carlo)
Powerglide Transmission (3* - Monte Carlo only)
Powerglide Transmission (total)
64,569
2,056
66,625
392,561
128,600
521,161
16
2
13
M38 Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH350 (4 - Excluding Monte Carlo)
Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH350 (3* - Monte Carlo only)
Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH350 (total)
302,859
99,629
402,488
364,818
128,600
493,418
83
77
82
M40 Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH400 (4 - Excluding Monte Carlo)
Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH400 (3* - Monte Carlo only)
Three Speed Automatic Transmission, TH400 (total)
11,050
10,283
21,333
364,818
128,600
493,418
3
8
4
NK2 Deluxe Steering Wheel 1,898 515,625 --
NK4 Sport Steering Wheel 8,962 561,161 2
N33 Steering Wheel - Tilt Type 41,853 521,161 8
N40 Power Steering 477,812 521,161 92
PA3 Special Wheel Trim Cover 24,009 128,600 19
PK2 G78-14B G/B White Stripe 16,807 42,299 40
PL3 E78-14B B/B White Stripe 153,912 345,898 44
PM6 G78-14D G/B White Stripe 11,587 42,299 27
PM7 F60-15B G/B White Letter 19,542 235,456 8
PU8 G78-15B G/B White Stripe 101,248 128,600 79
P01 Wheel Trim Cover 208,162 388,197 54
P02 Deluxe Wheel Trim Cover 8,392 506,296 2
P90 G70-15B G/B White Stripe 22,904 128,600 18
T58 Rear Wheel Opening Skirt 17,602 128,600 14
T60  Heavy Duty Battery 36,319 521,161 7
UM1 AM Push Button Radio & Tape Player 22,164 474,018 5
UM2 AM/FM Push Button Radio & Tape Player 3,923 474,018 1
U14 Instrument Panel Gauges 16,994 381,182 4
U35 Electric Clock 42,174 392,561 11
U63 Radio - Push Button 423,833 521,161 81
U69 Radio - AM/FM Push Button 39,079 521,161 7
U76 Windshield Antenna 510,724 521,161 98
U79 AM/FM Stereo Equipment 7,894 474,018 2
U80 Auxiliary Rear Speaker 90,512 474,018 19
V01 Heavy Duty Radiator 5,353 521,161 1
V30 Front & Rear Bumper Guards 37,640 516,797 7
V55 Roof Luggage Carrier 17,121 32,970 52
YD1 Axle For Trailering 1,663 493,560 --
YF3 Heavy Chevy Package (includes 541 built at Oshawa) 6,727 17,117 39
ZJ7 Special Wheel, Hub Cap & Trim Ring 109,037 344,726 32
ZJ9 Auxiliary Lighting Group 36,996 516,797 7
ZL2 Special Ducted Hood, requires SS option and LS5 (1) 4,079 235,465 2
ZP5 Appearance Group n/a n/a --
ZQ2 Operating Convenience Group n/a n/a --
ZQ9 Rear Axle - Performance Ratio 302 274,700 --
Z15 SS Group 19,293 231,101 8
Z20 Monte Carlo SS 1,919 128,600 1
Z35 300 Deluxe trim option - Canada only on 13437 series Chevelle n/a n/a -
703 Interior Trim Vinyl 16,775 54,433 31
705 Interior Trim Vinyl 69,826 328,799 21
714 Interior Trim Vinyl 39,475 298,997 13
721 Interior Trim Vinyl 35,036 457,399 8
726 Interior Trim Vinyl 1,945 20,775 9
731 Interior Trim Vinyl 43,613 287,173 15
956 Color Combination - Two Tone 5,991 426,631 1
960 Color Combination - Two Tone 4,150 426,631 1
968 Color Combination - Two Tone 3,140 426,631 1
969 Color Combination - Two Tone 4,511 426,631  
971 Color Combination - Two Tone 2,090 426,631 --
977 Color Combination - Two Tone 3,685 426,631 1

Notes:
(1)  No mention is made of the LS3 engine in my current documentation, only the LS5 & LS6 even though the LS6 was never released for sale in the Chevelle.

(2) It's not known how the figure of 364,065 units possible is arrived at. The LS5 mandated the Z15 SS Group option yet only 231,101 of the Z15 SS Group options are reported sold and any other optional V8 could be ordered with the Z15 SS Group option.

(3*) Monte Carlo only - Reference http://www.firstgenmc.com/tech/productionnumbers.shtml.

(4) Excluding Monte Carlo

(5)
GM Options When Installed By Chevrolet
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In research the majority of D35 option codes are on SS optioned Chevelles when D33 seems to be arbitrary between SS and non-SS optioned Chevelles and varies by plant and time of production.

RPO Z15 is now simply SS Group since any optional 8-cylinder engine is offered with the SS option. Different plants will display the Z15 option in different ways  on their build sheets such as Z15 SS EQP PKG, Z15 SS GROUP, and when ordered with the LS5 it may be shown as Z15 SS 454 PKG or SS 454 GROUP.

>> Operating Convenience Group (RPO ZQ2) is not shown on Chevrolet's report. This option has been found on several build sheets as well as a dealer's order form.

* Figures based on Len Williamson's Tailfins & Bowtie publication.

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