1971 Chevelle Production Numbers by Individual Plant

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MonthArlington-R *Baltimore-BKansas City-KVan Nuys-LOshawa-1
August (1970)100001-106540100001-108351100001-108336100001-106159500001-503795
September106541-111871108352-115897108337-114480106160-110870503796-506697
Octoberno production reported no production reportedno production reportedno production reportedno production reported
November111872-113996no production reportedno production reportedno production reportedno production reported
December113997-126623115897-128431114481-129858110871-119299506698-508935
January (1971)126624-138696128432-145432129859-146310119300-130477508936-517232
February138697-151259145433-162629146311-163056130478-138612517233-525102
March151260-165391162630-181876163057-182785138613-149628525103-534121
April165392-177038181877-198933182786-200043149629-159810534122-541157
May177039-185148198934-216588200044-216167159811-171306541158-548784
June185149-193947216589-235093216167-233205171307-183946548785-557327
July193948-199675235094-249596233206-246160183947-185929557328-559356
Total
540,176(1)(2)
99,675
18.45%
149,596
27.69%
146,160
27.06%
85,929
15.91%
59,356
10.99%
Just for fun...Daily Production
1971ArlingtonBaltimoreKansas CityVan NuysOshawa

(1) Chevrolet's published figure for the 1971 model year is 515,625 units and include Monte Carlo production so there does not appear to be an accurate way to know what the last Chevelle VIN would be vs. what the last Monte Carlo VIN would be for any given plant/month. The 540,176 total above is 24,551 more units than the published figure.

(2) This figure does include Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Classic Chevelles & Beaumonts puts Canadian production totals at 59,356, the same shown here.

* No Monte Carlos were built at Arlington in 1971.

Caveats and Disclaimers:

The numbers shown are reported last VINs from each plant per month. The numbers above those in red are instances of matching VIN and Fisher Body plates to show VINs/body dates outside the published numbers. The Fisher Body Number plate build week not match the calendar week; meaning an example body date of 04A may not be the first physical or even calendar week of April. Productions are scheduled well in advance of actual build date and given it takes 3 to 4 days to physically build the car once it is scheduled, you can see where the body date will not always match up with the VIN sequence. Obviously the body plates, and the associated information, are stamped when the cars are scheduled, not as they roll by a particular station. Cars with 04A body dates may run into week 04B of production. GM wouldn't just toss out the existing body number plates with 04A just because the car didn't physically get completed until the following week.

In reality, don't place too much emphasis on the body date as opposed to the last reported VIN for a given month. The anomalies shown are shown for that very reason. It does happen and that should not be a basis for worry that your car may have had the body plate (trim tag) and/or VIN altered.

If you have trim tags/VINs plates with dates and sequence numbers that don't fall into the range of those shown below, please email me the trim tag and sequence number and I'll post the oddity. Email it to me via my contact page.