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Username Post: New Chevelle SS guy needs help!        (Topic#364959)
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Reg: 04-19-21
04-20-21 06:25 AM - Post#2818400    

I'm trying to verify if this 71 Chevelle SS is the real deal.
I'm very much an amateur to Cheveys
Needing any and all help on decoding.
I copied the Cowl Tag

ST 71-13637
TR 705

R 13788 BDY
75. 75 PNT


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04-23-21 07:50 PM - Post#2818647    
    In response to Earnhardt99

No way to tell without the build sheet. It was built as a V8 Chevelle hardtop by the 13637 number. The R means it was built in Arlington, Texas. 705 is a cloth bench seat and 75 is Cranberry Red paint. There are other things to look for. All SS cars have 12 bolt rear and front disc brakes.

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05-09-21 07:35 AM - Post#2819555    
    In response to Earnhardt99

Actually you cannot even tell from the trim tag if that car was really a V8, the VIN is the only way. It was common for the assembly plants body shops to code 6 cyl cars the same as V8 with 13637 on the trim tag. If the third digit of the VIN is an EVEN number 4, 6 etc than it was a V8 car but what engine is not coded until the 1972 model year. Disc brakes and 12-bolt rear ends are not specific to SS optioned cars as other models with certain options forced these same items so its possible a non SS optioned car could have these items.

In 1971 the SS was merely an option of the Malibu and El Camino. Everything in the SS option (parts) can be added so without original paperwork or a build sheet for the car, there no sure way to know for sure. These cars are some of the most counterfeited muscle cars of all time. Note- even build sheets have been faked!

PS, I owned both a 1970 Chevelle SS 454 and a 1972 El Camino SS350, Both purchased NEW by me.

What are the first 7 digits of the VIN?

13337 - Chevelle 6-cyl
13437 - Chevelle V8
13537 - Chevelle Malibu 6-cyl
13637 - Chevelle Malibu V8
SS option ONLY available on the 13637

To make things even more confusing, Chevy also offered a low priced SS look alike called the "Heavy Chevy" on the 13437 base model Chevelle. Had doomed SS style hood but was a cheaper car because it did not have all the upscale Malibu features. evel...

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