How many 71 monte carlos were built


Asked by Sep 07, 2008 at 06:50 PM about the 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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I own a 71 monte with original paint original engine and original tranny, never touched it sat in a garage for 17 years so there is almost no rust and the mand who owned put 325000 miles on. like i said never been rebuilt. it has a 350 4bbl and a factory tach which had to be special ordered without the ss package. it is a very nice car and i was just wondering how many were made to see how rare it was.

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The production numbers for the 1971 Monte Carlos factory equipped with a V8 is 112,599. That was the 2nd highest produced model on the shared platform next to the 2-door Malibu coupe. The platform was shared between all variations of the Chevelle, El Camino, Malibu, Monte Carlo, Concours wagon, Greenbrier sedan, (Buick) Le Sabre, (Cadillac) Coupe Deville, (Pontiac) GTO, (Oldsmobile) Cutlass/4-4-2, and a few more. The 350 was standard equipment as well as the tach. The SS model of the Carlos was 454 only. So there's not much from the SS package that'd be on a standard car. If you check the number of bolts on the rear axle gear cover and find 12 bolts instead of 10 it may have some optioned parts. Looks like a decent car though. How much did you pay?

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The Buick Le Sabre and the Cadillac DeVille were not based on the Chevelle, Monte Carlo platform. The Le Sabre and the DeVille used the same platform as the Chevy Caprice/Impala, Buick Electra/Centurion, Pontiac Bonneville/Catalina, and Olds Delta 88/98. The Monte Carlo shared the platform with the Chevelle, Oldsmobile Cutlass/442, Pontiac Lemans/Tempest/Gran Prix, Buick Regal,Century.

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sorry it took so long 2500 dollars


All the cars I've mentioned are built on different variations of the same platform, even though they don't classify as the same type of car. They share the same underpinnings including the frame, suspension, and front cross members. Even though they were placed in different wheel base length packages. Pick up a year one catalog and it'll tell you all you need to know.


Thought there are 10 bolts on the cover of a 10 bolt and 12 on a standard 12 bolt, this is not always the way it works. when they say "10 or 12 bolt" it means how many bolts hold the ring gear to the diff.


The number of bolts on the ring gear directly coincide with the number of bolts on the diff cover. The only exception is a 12-bolt under some buick, pontiac, and olds cars. If you look at the diff cover and its clearanced for the ring gear its a true 12-bolt. If the cover is like a smooth round dish its actually a 10 bolt differential. They physically have a 12 bolt axle housing, but if you remove the cover the ring gear only has 10 bolts.

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12 bolt is a 12 bolt as a 10 is a 10 bolt, jst count em, i hav a 72 monte carlo with an SS package, factory tatch, 12 bolt rerend, 400 tranny, bucket seats, only thing im missing is the BB 454 but i do have a 350 4bbl carb. And im the 3rd owner and i found a option package upgrade in the trunk.

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Monte Carlo far from rare, nice car though. they also came with a 402,which was a nice engine. I think it was the buick rear end with 12 bolts on the cover & 10 on the ring gear.


10 bolt 12 bolt has nothing to do with how the ring and pinion is bolted in.Look under any car or truck and count the number of bolts holding the cover on is what is meant when, someone ask. Is it a 10 bolt or 12 bolt. Also there were NO 72 Monte Carlo SS's were built, 1971 was the last year for the SS. Period In 1972 they were called a Custom and the only big block you could get was the 402 Also ALL 1971 Monte Carlo's came with self leveling rear air shocks, the pump was under the hood on the drivers side. Now as far as production number for 1971, if only 123,000 were built why is the serial number on my SS 238168 which indicates they built over 238,000. I will have to call gm and ask them about this. All 1970 and 1971 and 1972 Monte's were built in Kansas City. I know this information becasuse I knew the plant manger there who was working the line when the walked out,"he told me," in July of 1971 not in the fall of 1970 that has been written. I have spent over 43 years working on GM cars and trucks. I do consider myself an expert on the subject.

1971, Model-year production ended at 128,600 (all other engines) including the 1,919 SS 454 models.


That is false about all Montes being built in Kansas city. I have a 71 Monte with factory tach and a 402 and mine was built in canada

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Remo Williams is COMPLETLY wrong. If you think Kansis is the only state that had a GM Plant in it you live under a rock and working on GM cars for 43 years is small minded. There are GM Plants in Canada, California, Baltimore, Leeds, and the list goes on.... They ALL built montes in those 3 years not just Kansis. U code Cars in 1972 were 402 cars and W code cars were 454 cars in 1972 so not just 402's. Everything is an option from GM, buckets and console and 12 bolt and console and tach and gauges are NOT SS packages they are just options you can order and there are SS cars that dont have Tach and gauges because they were not ordered with THE OPTION of gauges. Nothing to do with SS package. NOT all 71's came with Air Ride system, on SS cars did and NO ss cars came with the 402. Self proclaimed expert my a$$, open a book and read about 49 other states and Canada before answering on GM's behalf and self professed...

forgot to mention I currently own a 1970 Monte Carlo 402 4spd bench seat car with tach and gauges and was Built in FLINT MI. and also a 1971 Triple Black Monte Carlo SS Built in Oshawa Ontario Canada and is fully loaded and last but not least a 1972 U code 402 Monte Carlo with buckets and console and tach and gauges and also built in Canada as well.... Kansis is the only State to build Monte's............ Really......?

I have a 71 with build sheet listed with a 2.73 axle ratio with 350/4 270 gross HP built in Baltimore classic copper with blk vinyl top.want to know the correct interior has bench with cloth seats but the headrest are vinyl in sandalwood color. just wondering the correct material. email me at if anyone knows for sure.thanks.

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