Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My 1971 Monte Carlo has the original LS3 engine as
documented by my warranty Protect-O-Plate card. Does that mean it's
a Monte Carlo SS?
A: Sadly, no. All 1970 and 1971 Monte Carlos ordered with RPO Z20 have the LS5 454 engine.
Q: Didn't all SS optioned Monte Carlos have gauges and a tachometer?
A: No. The Instrument Panel Gauges, or Special Instrumentation, sold under RPO U14 was always an option regardless of year. The gauge pods for fuel, speedometer, and clock were standard equipment but water, amp, and tachometer were extra. Only the Monte Carlo had the burl wood overlay appliqué and all have the round pod dash layout.