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1997 30th Anniversary Z28 Production numbers 4th Generation Camaros. Jun 30, 2014  1997 30th Anniversary Z28 Production numbers I'm looking to get a Dash Plaque made and would like some help with Production Numbers. I've Googled and searched but came up with 4- Different sets of numbers. Total '97 SS production: 2,948 to 2,950 (Other reports have stated 3,038 of which 2,081 were regular SSes and 957 were 30th Anniversary Edition SSes. Since '97 records are confusing, I'm going to be providing alternate break down numbers.

[Items in brackets are items I need help with or proof of]

1996 Camaro SS

Story:

Production Version Camaros - 1996 and 1997 Camaro SS. An extremely rare Z28 Camaro treated to some great. Optional content numbers for 30th Anniversary Edition.

For the first time in 24 years, the Camaro SS nameplate returned for the '96 model year. Due to dual catalytic converters, the 1996 Z28's power was up 10hp making a grand total of 285hp for this year. SLP (Street Legal Performance) improved upon the Z28 in a joint venture with Chevrolet producing the SS with a base horsepower of 300! With optional exhaust, 305 horsepower was available.

The '96 SS was marketed as a Z28 SS, and even the air filter carried the Z28 SS logo. Early prototypes even had both emblems on the vehicle. However, the Z28 was dropped from the name and cars were officially referred to as SSes when production started.

A Camaro SS could be ordered from any Chevrolet dealership by simply adding R7T to a Z28 order through the Chevrolet Dealer Communication System (DCS). Wholesale and retail financing - including leasing - could be arranged through GMAC for an SS just like a Z28. SLP had a three-year/36,000 mile warranty on all SS content and options. The balance of the vehicle, which was not affected by the alteration, was covered by GM's limited warranty.

SSes began life at GM's Ste. Therese assembly plant. From there, completed cars were shipped to SLP's nearby facility for conversion into SSes. Following that process, vehicles were returned to GM for their transportation to the dealer.

SLP announced the 1996 Camaro Z28 SS in their 'SLP Information Bulletin #1' August 21, 1995. The SS was targeted at Mustang Cobra and GT buyers as well as collectors who recalled the great Camaro SSes of the past. SLP claimed that the SS would begin production on, or about, October 1, 1995 at their Montreal assembly facility.


In 1996 the vehicle was marketed as a Z/28 SS. Even the Air Filter carried this logo. It was dropped for 1997 (along with the numbered interior plaques). Although, a few leftover units may have been installed in 1997 cars.

The 'come of silence' is a device that was inserted into the exhaust system on all 97 Camaro SS's built before April 1st 1997. The cone is in there to cut down on ambient noise. Some late 96's cars may have gotten this as well. No cars built after April 1st 1997 with the dual dual exhaust received this. None of the 98 cars received it.

According to http://clarkes96ss.cz28.com/SSFAQ.html, the first 250 or so '96 SSes had extruded honed manifolds, very similar to what was used on the ' 97 LT4 equipped 30th Anniversary Edition SSes. I've read other claims that only the first 40 or first 150 cars got these. And the rumor for why SLP stopped doing this process was 'SLP decided that the gains were not worth the trouble so they stopped doing that.' (said by SS1156 on the camaroz28.com message board)

Several SLP prototypes were distinctly unusual from production models. Below is a list of known prototypes:

1) A black SS with '93 Indy Pace Car cloth interior and no SS badges. According to a quote in Super Chevy, December 2000, by SLP's Reg Harris 'It's one of the first SS prototypes, it was originally a '93 Pace Car that Chevrolet provided as a development vehicle. SLP added the SS content for testing, and it was actually the first SS show car.'

Below are excerpts from an SLP press release at the end of 1997:

'When SLP received approval from Chevrolet in 1996 to offer the SS base package and other options on the Camaro Z28 model, it marked the re-introduction of the SS nameplate after a 24-year absence. Right from the start, response from the entire Chevy team and its dealers, performance enthusiasts and media has been, and continues to be, overwhelmingly positive,' said Ed Hamburger, president of SLP Engineering, Inc.

'The 1996 Camaro SS instantly became the new benchmark in affordable F-car high performance. Even though the overall sports car segment experienced double-digit sales declines in each of the past two model years, Camaro SS increased its momentum,' said Hamburger.

Q.What is a Torsen Rear End?
The regular differential used in most vehicles is an OPEN differential. An OPEN differential distributes power (torque) equally to both rear wheels. Even though the power is distributed equally the wheels are allowed to spin at different speeds. A locked differential (or Spooler) is one that distributes its power (torque) unequally while the wheels rotate at the same speed. The problem is that requiring wheels to rotate at the same speed is not possible in tight turns when the inside wheels must rotate more slowly than the outside wheels. The problem with the open differential is when one wheel has traction problems. (i.e. picture one wheel stuck in a snow drift while one is on the street.) The tire that is slipping gets just as much power as the one not moving, it continues to spin while you just sit there unmoving. So much for the class on Open and Closed Differentials. The 'Torque Sensing' Torsen behaves like both differentials. It acts as an open differential until one tire is spinning twice the speed of the other. I've been unable to confirm that they use a gearing system. But, I believe that they use the worm gear to drive two crown gears at the ends of the half shaft. At that point, the torque distribution becomes unequal and the non spinning tire gets more torque. Why is this so wonderful compared to a viscous LSD (Limited Slip Differential) or clutch type LSD? A vicious coupling is one that uses a fluid that becomes thicker as things move through it. The clutch type suffers from non-linear operation. At some pre-determined slip rate, the clutch engages. This can result in a sudden transition to understeer or oversteer especially if the car is cornering to begin with). The viscous LSD is linear, but limited in the amount of torque that can be transferred to the non spinning wheel. The Torsen should also be more maintenance free and more efficient than the VLSD. The following portion of this is from Ward Bowerman of Zexel-Torsen. The Torsen uses parallel axis helical gearing which is different form the bevel gears used in the GM open differential. Under a torque load, our helical gears develop radial and axial thrust against the inside of the case. This thrust creates friction which provides the torque bias or locking effect. We design the helix angle and pressure angle of the Torsen gearing to develop the desired restriction for the specific application. Since these gears do not wear, there is no need (or availability) of replacements. Use of friction modifier is not required, and will not improve performance of the differential. However, when using non-friction modified oil, you may notice a slight 'rusty screw' squeaking noise in a tight turn under light to moderate throttle. There is no harm done to the differential when this noise occurs. Friction within the differential sets up a vibration in the axle which may be heard as an audible noise. GM Friction Modifier will eliminate this noise if it becomes objectionable. The Torsen is compatible with any synthetic or mineral based gear oil which is adequate for the ring and pinion. There is no special maintenance required on the Torsen differential. It retains its bias ratio (ratio of high axle torque to low axle torque) for the life of the vehicle since there are no clutches to wear out. Reading your web site page on Torsen, you did a fine job of noting differences between various differentials. There are a few things you may want to add: The open differential is limited by the torque of the spinning wheel. A typical open has a 1.1 to 1 bias ratio due to some small internal friction. The non spinning wheel gets 1.1 times as much torque (10% more) than the spinning wheel. The Torsen differential for Camaro SS has a 2.2 to 1 bias ratio, therefore, the non spinning wheel gets 2.2 times as much torque as the spinning wheel. The Torsen will support up to a 2.2:1 torque imbalance before it differentiates (unlike the open), and then will differentiate at the 2.2:1 ratio. With the spool, there is actually a negative torque on the outside wheel in a turn making it difficult to turn in the intended path. This can also occur with spring preloaded limited slip differential under low torque. The Torsen applies a positive torque to both drive wheels in a turn. Another benefit of Torsen: in an aggressive turn, the inside rear wheel loses some traction and the Torsen then biases torque to the outside wheel which tends to pull the car through the turn. If the rear loses traction and the driver releases the throttle, Torsen biases the engine braking torque to the outside wheel which helps to lessen the severity of a spin-out.

Order requirements for SS conversion:

To order an SS, you had to spec a Z28 with several specific options/RPO codes.

Required Content:

  • 1FP87 Z28 - a hardtop or t-top coupe
    OR
    1FP67 Z28 - a convertible
  • QLC - 245/50 ZR16 tires
  • GU5 - performance axle ratio (only required on automatic transmission equipped Camaros)
  • R7T - specifies SS package
Restricted Content:
  • Only available in these exterior colors: Arctic White, Bright Red, Black, Polo Green Metallic, Bright Teal Metallic
  • You were not allowed to have RPO code NW9 (Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR) AKA traction control)
  • Level I and II suspension systems were only offered on SS t-top and hardtop coupes; not on convertibles. Convertibles kept the stock Z28 suspension.

Standard equipment:

You can verify an original SLP SS hood easily. It says MADE IN CANADA in two locations on the underside. Once on the driver's side and another time in the center where the air box seal goes.

Optional equipment will be here:

  • Hurst Six-Speed Manual Shifter - $349.00
    Provides shorter, more precise shifts that add to overall driving experience, includes leather-wrapped shift knob with embossed Hurst 'H'.
  • Performance Exhaust System - $499.00
    Referred to as Two-On-The-Left (TOTL) by enthusiasts, this exhaust system brought the '96 SS's horsepower rating from 300 to 305hp. It's an all stainless steel system that utilizes larger diameter exhaust pipes and freer flowing muffler compared to the standard SS exhaust system (the same exhaust as a Z28).
  • Level II Bilstein Sport Suspension Package - $999.00
    Consists of specially valved front and rear Bilstein shocks and progressive rate springs, revised rear lower control arms and transmission mount. This was only optional on SS hardtop coupes and t-top coupes. Convertibles were not allowed to have it.
  • Torsen Torque Sensing Limited Slip Differential with AAM Aluminum Rear Axle Cover - $999.00
    Combination of leading edge Torsen and AAM technology enhances traction and helps reduce differential operating temperatures under certain driving conditions. System detects variance in the gripping force of each rear tire and redistributes the engine load as road conditions change, thereby enhancing vehicle performance and stability. Includes Performance Lubricants Package, mandatory. (Available 10/15/95)
  • Comp T/A 17' R1 Competition Series Tires with Second Set of SS Wheels - $1,899.00
    The R1 tires generate increased grip and greater acceleration. Due to their aggressive tread pattern and soft compound, R1 tires are not intended for long-term use on public roads. Mounted and high-speed balanced, the R1 option is shipped separately to the dealer. Not offered on convertible or T-top coupes for '96.
  • Custom Car Cover - $159.00
    Premium grade, breathable, water-resistant fabric. Provides protection from the elements. Includes locking cable and red SS graphics silk screened on the silver cover and tote bag.
  • Premium Front Floor Mats with Embroidered Z28 SS Logo - $99.00
    Heavy duty, custom fitted carpeting with aggressive nubs to hold mats firmly in place.
  • Performance Lubricants Package - $79.00
    Includes synthetic engine oil and rear axle fluid, premium synthetic media oil filter and semi-synthetic power steering fluid. Enhances overall efficiency and durability of key powertrain components. Comes standard with the Torsen Differential option.
  • Oil Cooler - $299.00
    [???] This option became available late in the '96 model year around March, 1996.

Optional content numbers:

These numbers may contain unknown errors, but these are the best I've been able to determine. If you have a copy of the SLP breakdown, please email me it as I lack it. These are based on numbers from an unknown source of the info.

Two-On-The-Left Performance Exhaust System: 2,072

Torsen Limited Slip Differential: 1,263

Level II Bilstein Suspension (only available on SS hardtop and t-top coupes; not convertibles): 905

Hurst Shifter (manual transmission cars only): 1,354

Oil Cooler: 286 (option was not available until late in '96 production around March '96)

Premium Front Floor Mats with Z28 SS logo: 1,947

Custom Car Cover: 1,221

Comp T/A 17' R1 Competition Series Tires with Second Set of SS Wheels: 93

Performance Synthetic Lubricants Package: 321 (This was also included at no charge if you had the Torsen)

Production Numbers:

Production numbers will go from general to more specific, to more specific. Please do not copy and paste these numbers onto a message board without crediting Brangeta and providing a link to my site. Please do not use these numbers at all on your website. These numbers may contain unknown errors, but these are the best I've been able to determine. If you have a copy of the SLP breakdown, please email me it as I lack it.

Total '96 SS production: 2,269 (Other reports have stated 2,410 of which 2,263 were for the US and 147 for Canada--I will not be using these numbers, because if I do the math, they don't make sense and I don't know the source of the info. In order for that claim to be close to accurate, it'd have to be a total of 2,263 with 2,116 for the US and 147 for Canada. I will, however, provide the alternate general break down numbers for those that conflict with Compnine's records.)

1,319 or 1,309 were coupes with t-tops
686 or 690 were coupes with hardtops
264 were convertibles

Total '96 SS production by Paint Color:

Arctic White (10U): 370
Black (41U): 819 or 818
Polo Green Metallic (48U):171 or 167
Bright Red (81U):831
Bright Teal Metallic (37U):78 or 77

Production by Paint Color, Body-style, and Transmission:

Arctic White t-tops:195

manual:118
automatic:77

Arctic Whitehardtops:115

manual:73
automatic:42

Arctic White convertibles:60

manual:27
automatic:33

Black t-tops:508

manual:363
automatic:145

Blackhardtops:232

manual:179
automatic:53

Blackconvertibles:79

manual:56
automatic:23

Polo Green Metallic t-tops:85

manual:55
automatic:30

Polo Green Metallichardtops:56

manual:35
automatic:21

Polo Green Metallicconvertibles:30

manual:19
automatic:11

Bright Red t-tops:494

manual:294
automatic:200

Bright Redhardtops:252

manual:168
automatic:84

Bright Redconvertibles:85

manual:43
automatic:42

Bright Teal Metallic t-tops:37

manual:23
automatic:14

Bright Teal Metallichardtops:31

manual:24
automatic:7

Bright Teal Metallicconvertibles:10

manual:7
automatic:3

Examples of '96 SSes:

Below are several examples of the different colors available.

[If you can provide an image I need, please email me. Cars must be 100% factory original looking without modification to the paint, wheels, bodywork, etc. I only need angles like those found below. I will not use images with the nose or rear end cut off nor images with weird stuff in the pictures (ex: a teddy bear in the driver's seat) and doors, hoods, etc. must be closed. I want..

Arctic White, monochromatic roof, better picture than I have

Arctic White, convertible

Black, convertible

Polo Green Metallic, convertible, better picture than I have or black soft top

Bright Red, hardtop, monochromatic

Bright Red, hardtop or t-top, black roof

Bright Teal, hardtop, black roof

Bright Teal, convertible, even if the pictures are horrible!]


Arctic White, 37,000 miles, T-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Arctic White, 44,000 miles, hardtop, standard black Z28 roof
Arctic White, 9,000 miles, hardtop, standard black Z28 roof
Arctic White, 2,000 miles, hardtop, optional monochromatic roof

Black, 44,000 miles, t-tops

Black, unknown miles, hardtop
Black, 775 miles, t-tops

1997 Camaro 30th Anniversary For Sale


Black, 1085 miles, convertible


Polo Green Metallic, unknown mileage, convertible
Polo Green Metallic, unknown mileage, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Polo Green Metallic, 31,000 miles, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Polo Green Metallic, unknown mileage, hardtop, optional monochromatic roof


Bright Red, 44,000 miles, convertible
Bright Red, 32,000 miles, convertible

Bright Red, 1,309 miles, t-tops, optional monochromatic roof


Bright Teal Metallic, unknown mileage, t-tops, optional monochromatic roof
Bright Teal Metallic, unknown mileage, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Bright Teal Metallic, unknown mileage, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Bright Teal Metallic, 20,000 miles, t-tops, optional monochromatic roof
Bright Teal Metallic, unknown miles, hardtop, optional monochromatic roof, jvtex on ls1tech forums

1997 Camaro SS

Story will be here:

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Standard equipment:

T-Top and Hardtop Coupes: $3,999.00

  • Composite Cold Air Induction Hood
    This high quality composite hood provides a high quality surface finish with consistent material thickness and a larger, functional cold air intake port via the NACA duct style hood scoop. It gives the Camaro SS a very distinctive look, setting it apart from a regular Camaro.
  • Air Box (Top/Bottom)
    Inlet air box element housing holds the air filter element and fathers inlet air and directs it toward the throttle body with minimal restriction, allowing the air provided by the oversized air filter element to be used by the engine.
  • Oversized AC Air Filter
    This oversized air filter element increases the amount of air available for engine use by reducing the pressure loss across the filter element.
  • Hood To Air Box 3-Sided Seal
    Mounts under the hood and provides the seal between the inlet air cleaner and the hood. It serves as an integral part of the inlet air duct and is 3-sided to prevent engine stall in case the hood inlet becomes blocked.
  • Cover Plate
    This injection molded panel covers the stock air inlet cutouts exposed by removal of the stock air box.
  • A. I. R. Hose and Tubes
    Repositioning the air box requires a new drivers side A. I. R. hose and modication of two A.I.R. tubes.
  • 275/40 ZR17 BFGoodrich Comp T/A Tires
    These Z rated ultra-high performance tires are engineered to provide maximum wet and dry traction, great ride comfort, and low noise.
  • 5-Spoke Aluminum Alloy 17x9 Wheels
    These custom, ZR-1 Corvette style wheels provide another ingredient in the positive road feel of the Camaro SS and significantly add to its distinctive appearance.
  • Synthetic Engine Oil
    Your Camaro SS was filled with Quaker State Synquest synthetic engine oil by SLP. A significant advantage of synthetic motor oil is that it will flow at temperatures down to -58 degrees Fahrenheit (-50 degrees Celsius). Synthetic motor oil not only flows at low temperature extremes, it also provides superior engine protection during high temperature operation. The advanced formula extends engine life by reducing oil flow restriction, engine friction and oil consumption. It also provides maximum protection against thermal and viscosity breakdown, reduces oil consumption, and keeps engines cleaner.
  • Rear Deck Spoiler
    Complements the stunning look of the composite hood while providing more traction improving aerodynamic downforce at highway speeds.
  • Larger Diameter Front Sway Bar and Bushings
    Reduces body roll in cornering thus improving steering response.
  • Rear Jounce Bumper Spacer
    Required to maintain proper wheel well clearance with the different tire profile.
  • Panhard Bar
    This component contains firmer bushings that improve transient cornering. Note: The above three items are considered the Level I Suspension
  • Console Plaque
    A decorative cloisonne console plaque with raised metal outline individually inscribed with the special Camaro SS lettering. 1996 was the only year that individual numbers were on this plaque.
  • Body Graphics
    Distinctive fender and rear fascia SS badges provide the final accent to the stunning Camaro SS appearance.
  • Key Fob
    Same stylish appearance as the dash plaque but is part of your key chain.
  • Owners Manual Supplement, Owners Club and Wearables Information


Convertibles: [$3,999.00]

  • Composite Cold Air Induction Hood
    This high quality composite hood provides a high quality surface finish with consistent material thickness and a larger, functional cold air intake port. It gives the Camaro SS a very distinctive look, setting it apart from a regular Camaro.
  • Air Box (Top/Bottom)
    Inlet air box element housing holds the air filter element and fathers inlet air and directs it toward the throttle body with minimal restriction, allowing the air provided by the oversized air filter element to be used by the engine.
  • Oversized AC Air Filter
    This oversized air filter element increases the amount of air available for engine use by reducing the pressure loss across the filter element.
  • Hood To Air Box 3-Sided Seal
    Mounts under the hood and provides the seal between the inlet air cleaner and the hood. It serves as an integral part of the inlet air duct and is 3-sided to prevent engine stall in case the hood inlet becomes blocked.
  • Cover Plate
    This injection molded panel covers the stock air inlet cutouts exposed by removal of the stock air box.
  • A. I. R. Hose and Tubes
    Repositioning the air box requires a new drivers side A. I. R. hose and modication of two A.I.R. tubes.
  • 245/50 ZR16 BFGoodrich Comp T/A Tires
    These Z rated ultra-high performance tires are engineered to provide maximum wet and dry traction, great ride comfort, and low noise. Note that convertibles were not equipped with the same size tires or wheels as the coupes.
  • 5-Spoke Aluminum 16x8 Alloy Wheels
    These custom, ZR-1 Corvette style wheels provide another ingredient in the positive road feel of the Camaro SS and significantly add to its distinctive appearance. Note that convertibles received 16 inch wheels while coupes received 17 inch wheels.
  • Synthetic Engine Oil
    Your Camaro SS was filled with Quaker State Synquest synthetic engine oil by SLP. A significant advantage of synthetic motor oil is that it will flow at temperatures down to -58 degrees Fahrenheit (-50 degrees Celsius). Synthetic motor oil not only flows at low temperature extremes, it also provides superior engine protection during high temperature operation. The advanced formula extends engine life by reducing oil flow restriction, engine friction and oil consumption. It also provides maximum protection against thermal and viscosity breakdown, reduces oil consumption, and keeps engines cleaner.
  • Rear Deck Spoiler
    Complements the stunning look of the composite hood while providing more traction improving aerodynamic downforce at highway speeds.
  • Z28 Suspension
    Note that the convertibles did not receive the same suspension modifications the t-top and hardtop coupes received (see above). They retained the exact same suspension as a Z28 convertible.
  • Console Plaque
    A decorative cloisonne console plaque with raised metal outline individually inscribed with the special Camaro SS lettering.
  • Body Graphics
    Distinctive fender and rear fascia SS badges provide the final accent to the stunning Camaro SS appearance.
  • Key Fob
    Same stylish appearance as the dash plaque but is part of your key chain.
  • Owners Manual Supplement, Owners Club and Wearables Information

Optional equipment:

  • Hurst Six-Speed Manual Shifter - $349.00
    Provides shorter, more precise shifts that add to overall driving experience, includes leather-wrapped shift knob with embossed Hurst 'H'.
  • Performance Exhaust System - $499.00
    Referred to as Two-On-The-Left (TOTL) by enthusiasts, this exhaust system brought the '97 SS's horsepower rating from 305 to 310hp. It's an all stainless steel system that utilizes larger diameter 3 inch exhaust pipes that reduce back pressure between the catalysts and muffler compared to the standard SS exhaust system (the same exhaust as a Z28). This option also includes a freer flowing muffler (SLP's Power-Flo muffler) with stainless steel construction that provides years of maintenance-free performance. The interior configuration of the muffler allows maximum flow with minimal back pressure and provides a very distinctive exhaust note that barks when revved. The exhaust gasses exit from the muffler into two 2.5 inch outer diameter tailpipes on the rear, driver's side of the vehicle. The tail pipes are constructed of 304 stainless steel, an alloy that requires very little maintenance to keep its like-new appearance. SSes without the optional exhaust system simply have the exact same exhaust pipes and muffler as a Z28 without any changes.
  • Level II Bilstein Sport Suspension Package - $999.00
    Consists of specially valved front and rear Bilstein shocks (to provide improved handling and maintain ride quality) and progressive rate springs (to provide a comfortable ride and superior handling), revised rear lower control arms (to reduce wheel hop) and a transmission isolator mount (less compliant than the stock mount, so it reduces wheel hop during acceleration). This was only optional on SS hardtop coupes and t-top coupes. Convertibles were not allowed to have it.
  • Torsen Torque Sensing Limited Slip Differential with AAM Aluminum Rear Axle Cover - $999.00
    Combination of leading edge Torsen and AAM technology enhances traction and helps reduce differential operating temperatures under certain driving conditions. System detects variance in the gripping force of each rear tire and redistributes the engine load as road conditions change, thereby enhancing vehicle performance and stability. Includes Performance Lubricants Package, mandatory. (Available 10/15/95)
  • Comp T/A 17' R1 Competition Series Tires with Second Set of SS Wheels - $1,899.00
    The R1 tires generate increased grip and greater acceleration. Due to their aggressive tread pattern and soft compound, R1 tires are not intended for long-term use on public roads. Mounted and high-speed balanced, the R1 option is shipped separately to the dealer. Not offered on convertible or T-top coupes for '96.
  • Custom Car Cover - $159.00
    Premium grade, breathable, water-resistant fabric. Provides protection from the elements. Includes locking cable and red SS graphics silk screened on the silver cover and tote bag.
  • Premium Front Floor Mats with Embroidered Z28 SS Logo - $99.00
    Heavy duty, custom fitted carpeting with aggressive nubs to hold mats firmly in place.
  • Performance Lubricants Package - $79.00
    Includes synthetic engine oil and rear axle fluid, premium synthetic media oil filter and semi-synthetic power steering fluid. Enhances overall efficiency and durability of key powertrain components. Comes standard with the Torsen Differential option.
  • Oil Cooler - $299.00
    [???] This option became available late in the '96 model year around March, 1996.

Optional content numbers:

These numbers may contain unknown errors, but these are the best I've been able to determine. If you have a copy of the SLP breakdown, please email me it so I may double check that the one I have is legitimate. These are based on numbers from a source believed to be SLP, and believed to only be concerned with NON-30th Anniversary Edition SSes.

Two-On-The-Left Performance Exhaust System: 2,786

Torsen Limited Slip Differential: 1,669

Level II Bilstein Suspension (only available on SS hardtop and t-top coupes; not convertibles): 1,120

[Level III Bilstein Suspension: 100]

Hurst Shifter (manual transmission cars only): 1,870 or 577

Oil Cooler: 1,858 or 642

Premium Front Floor Mats with Z28 SS logo: 2,515 or 821

Custom Car Cover: 982 (this number also includes additional car covers ordered by dealers and customers supposedly)

Comp T/A 17' R1 Competition Series Tires with Second Set of SS Wheels: 71 or 34

Performance Synthetic Lubricants Package: 365 or 99 (This was also included at no charge if you had the Torsen)

Optional content numbers for 30th Anniversary Edition SSes:

These numbers may contain unknown errors, but these are the best I've been able to determine. These are based on numbers from SLP, and believed to only be concerned with 30th Anniversary Edition SSes and not regular SSes.

Two-On-The-Left Performance Exhaust System: 871

Torsen Limited Slip Differential: 545

Level II Bilstein Suspension (only available on SS hardtop and t-top coupes; not convertibles): 312

Hurst Shifter (manual transmission cars only): 577

Oil Cooler: 642

Premium Front Floor Mats with Z28 SS logo: 821

Custom Car Cover: 27 (this number is for additional car covers ordered by dealers and customers, as the 30th Anniversary Edition already came standard with one)

Comp T/A 17' R1 Competition Series Tires with Second Set of SS Wheels: 34

Performance Synthetic Lubricants Package: 99 (This was also included at no charge if you had the Torsen)

Production Numbers:

Production numbers will go from general to more specific, to more specific.Please do not copy and paste these numbers onto a message board without crediting Brangeta and providing a link to my site. Please do not use these numbers at all on your website. These numbers may contain unknown errors, but these are the best I've been able to determine.

Total '97 SS production: 2,948 to 2,950 (Other reports have stated 3,038 of which 2,081 were regular SSes and 957 were 30th Anniversary Edition SSes. Since '97 records are confusing, I'm going to be providing alternate break down numbers. The first number is based on Compnine's records, the second is from SLP's report. The reason I don't like SLP's records is they don't always add up properly and seem to be based on percentages instead of definite numbers.)

1771 or 1856 were coupes with t-tops
703 or 694 were coupes with hardtops
476 or 488 were convertibles

Total '97 SS production by Paint Color:

Arctic White (10U): 305 or 306
Black (41U): 721or 734 or
Polo Green Metallic (48U): 119 or 121
Bright Red (81U): 546 or 552
Sebring Silver Metallic (13U): 358 or 368
30th Anniversary Edition (Z4C but also 10U): 899 or 957

Colors not supposed to be available, but may have been test cars..

Bright Green (31U): 1 or 0
Bright Purple (88U): 1 or 0

Production by Paint Color, Body-style, and Transmission: numbers in pink are from an unknown original source (might be SLP) and may be off from reality substantially (I don't know). For many of these I lack CompNine records because they stopped allowing access to their RPO database for whatever reason while I was working on this page, and they still have not fixed their site.

Arctic White t-tops: 182

manual: 124
automatic: 58

Arctic Whitehardtops: 82

manual: 50
automatic: 32

Arctic White convertibles: 42

manual: 23
automatic: 19

Black t-tops: 497

manual: 371
automatic: 126

Blackhardtops: 156

manual: 109
automatic: 47

Blackconvertibles: 81

manual: 50
automatic: 31

Polo Green Metallic t-tops: 87

manual: 55
automatic: 32

Polo Green Metallichardtops: 23

manual: 18
automatic: 5

Polo Green Metallicconvertibles: 11

manual: 6
automatic: 5

Bright Red t-tops: 367

manual: 243
automatic: 124

Bright Redhardtops: 126

manual: 93
automatic: 33

Bright Redconvertibles: 59

manual: 31
automatic: 28

Sebring Silver Metallic t-tops: 257

manual: 183
automatic: 74

Sebring Silver Metallichardtops: 67

manual: 40
automatic: 27

Sebring Silver Metallicconvertibles: 44

manual: 28
automatic: 16

I have additional (and alternate) breakdown numbers for the 30th Anniversary Edition SSes from SLP (supposedly), these numbers are in orange

30th Anniversary Editiont-tops:434 or 466

manual:287 or 310
automatic:147 or 156

t-tops + optional exhaust: 428

manual: 290
automatic: 138

t-tops + optional torsen: 261

manual: 189
automatic: 72

t-tops + optional synthetic lubrication: 56
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manual: 36
automatic: 20

t-tops + optional hurst shifter: 293

manual: 293
automatic: 0

t-tops + optional level II suspension: 210

manual: 161
automatic: 49

t-tops + optional oil cooler: 310

manual: 215
automatic: 95

t-tops + optional R1 tires and wheels: 24

manual: 18
automatic: 6

1997 Camaro Z28 30th Anniversary Edition Production Numbers

t-tops + optional floor mats: 405

manual: 279
automatic: 126

t-tops + optional additional car cover: 9

manual: 5
automatic: 4

30th Anniversary Editionhardtops:225 or 240

manual:158 or 167
automatic:67 or 73

hardtop + optional exhaust: 214

manual: 148
automatic: 66

hardtop + optional torsen: 130

manual: 99
automatic: 31

hardtop + optional synthetic lubrication: 27

manual: 17
automatic: 10

hardtop + optional hurst shifter: 155

manual: 155
automatic: 0

hardtop + optional level II suspension: 102

manual: 81
automatic: 21

hardtop + optional oil cooler: 157

manual: 115
automatic: 42

hardtop + optional R1 tires and wheels: 10

manual: 6
automatic: 4

hardtop + optional floor mats: 202

manual: 145
automatic: 57

hardtop + optional additional car cover: 9

manual: 5
automatic: 4

30th Anniversary Edition convertibles:240 or 251

manual:128 or 136
automatic:112 or 115

convertible + optional exhaust: 229

manual: 127
automatic: 102

convertible + optional torsen: 154

manual: 94
automatic: 60

convertible + optional synthetic lubrication: 16

manual: 8
automatic: 8

convertible + optional hurst shifter: 129

manual: 129
automatic: 0

convertible + optional level II suspension: 0 (this option was not available on convertibles)

manual: 0
automatic: 0

convertible + optional oil cooler: 175

manual: 107
automatic: 68

convertible + optional R1 tires and wheels: 0 (this option was not available on convertibles)

manual: 0
automatic: 0

convertible + optional floor mats: 214

manual: 121
automatic: 93

convertible + optional additional car cover: 9

1997 Camaro Z28 30th Anniversary Edition Production Numbers

manual: 6
automatic: 3

Examples of '97 SSes:

Below are several examples of the different colors available.

[If you can provide an image I need, please email me. Cars must be 100% factory original looking without modification to the paint, wheels, bodywork, etc. I only need angles like those found below. I will not use images with the nose or rear end cut off nor images with weird stuff in the pictures (ex: a teddy bear in the driver's seat) and doors, hoods, etc. must be closed. I want..

Arctic White, monochromatic roof

Arctic White, convertible

Black, convertible

Polo Green Metallic, hardtop, monochromatic or not

Polo Green Metallic, convertible

Bright Red, hardtop, monochromatic or not

Bright Red, convertible

Sebring Silver, convertible]


Arctic White, unknown mileage, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Black, 7,000 miles, t-tops
Black, 90,000 miles, hardtop
Polo Green Metallic, unknown mileage, t-tops, optional monochromatic roof
Bright Red, 2,000 miles, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Sebring Silver Metallic, 84,000 miles, convertible (note: has the wrong wheels)
Sebring Silver Metallic, unknown mileage, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Sebring Silver Metallic, unknown mileage, t-tops, optional monochromatic roof

Sebring Silver Metallic, 101,000 miles, t-tops, optional monochromatic roof
Sebring Silver Metallic, 99,000 miles, t-tops, optional monochromatic roof
Sebring Silver Metallic, 52,000 miles, t-tops, standard black Z28 roof
Sebring Silver Metallic, 68,000 miles, hardtop, optional monochromatic roof
30th Anniversary Edition, unknown mileage, convertible
30th Anniversary Edition, unknown mileage, t-tops
30th Anniversary Edition, unknown mileage, t-tops
30th Anniversary Edition, unknown mileage, t-tops
30th Anniversary Edition, 1,056 miles, hardtop
30th Anniversary Edition, 43,000 miles, hardtop
30th Anniversary Edition, 4,000 miles, convertible

97 Camaro Z28 30th Anniversary

SS build numbering:

This issue is far too complicated for me to explain or even bother trying to explain, and was handled best by http://clarkes96ss.cz28.com/SSFAQ.html which I'm directly quoting below without any edits:
How Are The SS Build Numbers Determined?
SLP numbers the cars in different ways for different countries for example in 1996 cars were numbered for both Canada and the U.S. and for 1997 Cars were numbered for the U.S. (#3152 was the last one), Canada (#C152 was the last one), and for the Middle East (new for '97), (ME52 was the last one). There were some numbering difficulties, for example, the GM carriers didn't bring the cars over to SLP's facility based on them coming off the assembly line at the GM plant. They went into a yard and were eventually picked up and brought over to SLP's plant. One car for some reason took 30 days to get to our plant as compared to the car VIN's. I'm sure wasn't the only one that that happened to. Matt Murphy's '97 LT4 SS was the very last '97 Camaro built and yet it showed up at SLP 3 days before the last '97 SS's did and was number 3148 with 3149, 3150, 3151, and 3152 numbered after his. So numbering by VIN doesn't work; although it is a way to classify or number these cars. While they could have been numbered when they left the SLP plant. Which would be considered the finished point for most cars, reliable sources have stated that they don't have time to be numbered and then logged into SLP's system. Near the end of the '96 production run (June) a conference call among 15 or so SLP employees was told that due to the numbered plaque problems, there would be no numbering of the cars for '97. It was argued that the cars should keep the numbers because they do give us a way to identify our cars as a special group. SLP recognized this and they decided for '97 that the cars would be numbered when they were dropped off by the carriers and driven into the building (SLP can store up to 500 or so cars inside). The important thing is that the cars are numbered in such a manner that no two cars are numbered the same (except for Canada, U.S. and Middle East cars all will have a car number starting with #C001, #0001, and #ME01). I was told that the 1996 SLP literature never stated Sequential Numbering although the magazines writers and we ourselves (the SS Buying public) probably assumed that they were. The 1998 cars are still numbered by SLP upon arrival. However, since no paperwork is send to the car owner the only way so far to determine your car's number is to call SLP's general information number at 1-248-288-3066 and ask one of the helpful people there for the number. You will of course have to provide your VIN. In retrospect we'd all like to believe that our cars are unique. SLP did the best they could given the circumstances. The circumstances being they probably didn't expect the cars to be so popular and sell so well. The SLP 'Official Number' for each car is the one that came on the SLP window sticker. That number is equivalent to the 17 digit GM VIN number. It is the number we use for warranty purposes as well as documenting a real car. SLP can also pull up a car by the last 8 digits of the GM number. If someone was at the end of the GM assembly line, they would see that the cars coming off Those lines are not always in VIN sequence. The point is that you can't re-number them by VIN because that was Chevy's production schedule numbering system. All Camaro's and Firebird's are given a complete VIN before the car hits the assembly line. The GM VIN number is given to a car prior to it being built just like the SLP VIN (except for '96 cars that came with a numbered plaque). Chevy receives the parts and pieces (to build a car) a week or two before the car is built and a complete VIN is created at that point, then it is put into production. The VIN number is in reality a schedule number, not a final build sequence number. If there is a problem with a part, or the car is damaged and can't continue, or the trim shop doesn't have the right color of carpet or interior piece for the car, then it is pulled from the line and later put back on the line, and referred to, or called a 'Through - In' by the guys on the line (thus, being out of sequence); however, the VIN stays with the car. SLP receives cars off the GM carriers, scans the bar coded VIN plate once they are taken off the trucks and inspected, then logged into the SLP computer, given a new SLP VIN number or receiving number (however you want to call it) and the hood and spoilers are removed and then put in line to get the SS content. Once they are completed they are put in another holding area and then put on the GM car carriers and sent back to the GM plant and on down to the dealership. The '93 - '96 Firehawks and SS's were numbered by VIN plates and the '97 SS and Firehawk and 1998 SS's are numbered when they were received from the GM carriers. Is this the best way to number cars, I think so; however, in a few years someone might come up with a different system for numbering these cars. The case in point here is that the 1996's and 1997's are already numbered and you, SLP or GM can't change those numbers.

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I own a 1997 z 28 convertable black on black does anyone know how many were
produced with the 30 anv. logo. I was told that the 30anv. logo was an option for
that year and cost an extra $500.00 can anyone conferm.

1997 Chevy Camaro 30th Anniversary

For the 1997 model year, the Camaro featured a new interior and tri-colored taillights that would be standard on all models from 1997 to 2002. It was offered with a '30th Anniversary Edition' that included unique orange stripes on white base paint. It was only available on the Z28 and SS models. A 30th Anniversary Camaro must be white with orange stripes and may be identified by RPO code Z4C on the trim tag. A total of 979 30th Anniversary SS Camaros were made in 1997. An additional 108 30th Anniversary Camaro SS vehicles were modified by SLP to include a 330 hp (246 kW) version of the LT4 engine (108 total LT4 cars were made, 100 US, 6 Canadian & 2 prototypes). SS cars will have RPO code R7T. The LT4 was the fastest factory-built Camaro available, as well as the most expensive at over US$38,000. New 5-spoke 16-inch wheels became standard on the Z28 this year (17' ZR1 style on SS coupe models) available in either polished, chrome, or white on the 30th Anniversary models, replacing the previous 10-spoke design.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Camaro_(fourth_generation)

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