This engine and chassis combo is a legal combo under NHRA Stock Eliminator guidelines. I have no idea how many were built but I believe a minimum of 50 units must be assembled to make a combo eligible for competition.
For what its worth; According to the "Chevelle SS Restoration Guide" 3,456 LS6 (454/425hp) Chevelle SS's were produced for the 71 model year. The LS6 option was then cancelled on May 21, 1971. Also the engine codes for this motor are listed in the Chevy parts catalog!
I see the CPY code in CBTN too but the Chevy parts catalog (11) lists the TH400 as code "CPR" which is not listed in Chevy by the numbers. BTW the 4-speed listed in Chevy parts is "CPP".
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From what I've read, Some engines were produced per plant records, but none were installed in Chevelles. If any were, I think that there would be at least one documented example somewhere. No one in NCOA, ACES, or anywhere else that I know of, knows of one. I think if one ever shows up, it will be very suspicious and will receive close scrutiny for original documentation. Also, it will be big news in the Chevelle enthusiast community. Just my opinion. von
Keith; I checked the site and am curious. He doesn't mention any documentation. I'm going to E-mail Mr. Stetner to see what he can tell us. He may not respond, but I will try. I would think if this car is genuine, it would be worth more than $39K to someone.
Mr.Stetner's (1inamillioncars) son E-mailed me back (says his dad is not computer literate) and said they were shocked to discover it is an LS-5 car after the ads were placed. I don't think They'll get anywhere near the $39000 price now. So I guess the question still remains. I still say we would know if the real McCoy exists somewhere. von
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