1974 Camaro Specifications
The 1974 Camaro saw a few significant changes. The body was stretched to be even longer and GM pushed up production significantly.
Increasingly, the 1974 Camaro was finding itself more alone in the slowly fading era of muscle cars and their overall popularity. 1974 saw the Camaro finally bow to federal bumper guidelines. This required a major facelift on the Camaro. Rather than place an I-beam ram on the front of the car, Chevy was able to tactfully craft a bumper which met the requirements and still looked relatively stylish – to some people. In addition to this a new, now fiberglass front end nose was required. In the back, a matching aluminum bumper was used along with wrap around teardrop style taillights. This change required a redesign of the rear quarter panel and trunk as well.
You might notice a lot of the changes being implemented are due to federal regulations, some of which were met with severe disgust by the car buying population. One of these was the ignition interlock system requiring your seatbelt to be fastened before the car would start. Others were the increasingly restrictive emissions requirements which caused engine power to be strangled. In an effort to pass fuel mileage requirements, gear ratios were raised which killed the acceleration potential of the car, which was getting heavier & slower each year.
This is in addition to safety requirements/high insurance rates, the cost of gas in an uncertain economy… These are some of the reasons why some people believe the “real” Camaro ended in 1973 (or 1971 depending on how you look at things), and for many people this era Camaro is often over-looked or forgotten.
The SS was gone, the pretty RS model had been cancelled at the end of 1973, and rather than continue to neuter the legendary Z28, Chevrolet gracefully dropped it at the end of 1974. But as General Douglas McArther said – “I shall return”.
In the meantime, the 1974 Camaro saw the following additional changes:
- New extruded aluminum face bars supported on flat leaf springs.
- Front end, grille & head lights redesigned.
- New rear bumper
- Cut-in, wrap-around wedge-shaped tail lamps eliminated the need for rear side markers.
- Interior detail changes, including retractable inertia style shoulder belt
- optional AM/FM stereo radio debuts
- Only year seat belt interlock used (killed in mid-year actually)
- Power steering standard on all V8s.
- Bumper jack changed to a tab-in-slot type (due to bumper construction).
- Gas tank increased from 18 to 21 gallons.
- Z28 got HEI in mid-season.
- Borg-Warner 4 speed replaces Muncie in January ’74
- Baby moon cap gave way to aluminum cap shared with Nova and full size
- Optional radial tires debut
- 307 V8 dropped and replaced with 350 2 barrel
- New wear indicators on front disc brakes and ball joints
- Rally Sport option dropped
- Meridian Walnut applique on LT Instrument cluster
1974 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics
1974 Z21 Style Trim:
Includes body colored insert on door handles; bright roof drip, lock pillar, upper fender, hood panel and belt moldings plus bright colored trim ring and vertical bar on parking lights.
1974 Z28 Special Performance Package
Z28 Verification: The 5th digit of the VIN will read “T”. Period.
Total Production: 13,802
Includes special 350 CID, 245 hp V8. Four-bolt main bearing caps, forged steel crank, impact extruded aluminum pistons, heat treated & shot peened connecting rods “big valve” cylinder heads with high speed valve train. Cast aluminum rocker covers with internal galleries. Hydraulic lifters cam & cast iron intake with EGR. Rochester Quadra jet. 17-quart cooling system with 18″ 7 blade flex fan. Oil pan windage tray and high speed crankshaft damper. Dual exhaust pipe system. Same setup as 1973, HEI (high-energy ignition) introduced in mid-year (January ’74). Special dual snorkel air cleaner with chrome lid.
Click here to see the specific L-82 Engine Components.
1974 Z28 Carburetor (Rochester Quadra jet 4MV)
- A/T – 7044208
- 4 Spd – 7044209
Weight saving aluminum gear cases for all 4-speed transmissions. Increased shift-points for Turbo Hydra-Matic (TH400) transmission.
11-inch clutch. Same as 1973.
Ratios were 3.42 for Turbo Hydra-Matic and 3.73 for 4-speed; Positraction standard. No options. (identical to 1973.)
11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (unchanged since 1970)
Spring rate: 300 lb./in. Front stabilizer bar 0.938 inch. Unchanged from 1973.
Spring rate: 89-99 lb./in. Rear stabilizer bar 0.69 inch. Unchanged from 1973.
Power Steering standard in all Z28s, with 14.3:1 ratio (same as in 1971 but with more road feel.)
Wheels & Tires:
15″ x 7″ steel wheels (Trans-Am) with bright lug nuts, special center caps and trim rings, F60-15 fiberglass-belted white letter tires standard. (Unchanged since 1970)
Click here to see the specific 1974 Z28 Chassis Specifications.
Other Options, equipment, facts:
New, big, 4-color hood and deck decals (RPO D88) optional. When D88 is specified “Z28” fender emblems are deleted. There’s conflicting information on where and when Z28 emblems are used when Type LT is ordered and/or special D88 striping is used. Z28 foil decal on rear end panel. Dual Sport mirrors (RPO D35) standard. Black-painted grille with bright argent outline. RPO Z28 dropped at the end of model year. Suspension (spring rates) on the Z28 seem to be identical to RPO F41, rear shock valving is different. Z28 gets 15 inch wheels, different alignment specs (vs. base) and quicker steering (vs. base) Available on Type LT model.
1974 Z54 Interior Decor/Quiet Sound:
Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting (tell-tale & clock openings illuminated); woodgrain accents on instrument cluster; bright horizontal bead separating upper & lower instrument panel; special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation (Standard with Type LT).
1974 Type LT:
Plusher interior with restyled seats and door trim in cord-ridge fabric or knit vinyl, new woodgrain treatments, color coordinated instrument panel, steering wheel and column. Amber-lite insulation blankets included in doors, rear quarters, roof/sail panels, behind rear seat, under package tray and under carpeting. Type LT could be ordered with RPO Z28.
1974 Chevrolet Camaro OEM Brochures
1974 Camaro Model Options:
- 250 cubic inch L6
- 350 cubic inch V8
1974 Camaro Production:
- 22,210 6-cyl
- 128,798 V8
- 151,008 total
Dealer Introduction: 9/20/73
Vehicle Identification Example: 1S87H4N100001
- First digit is GM Division: 1 = Chevrolet
- Second digit is model: Q = Sport Coupe, S = Type LT Coupe
- Digits 3 & 4 are body type: 87 = 2dr. Coupe
- Fifth digit is engine code:
- D = 250ci
- H = 350ci 2bbl
- K = 350ci 4bbl
- L = 350ci 4bbl
- T = 350ci (Z28)
- Sixth digit is model year: 4 = 1974
- Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly.
- Last six digits increased one with each car built at Norwood
Dimensions & Capacities:
- Length: 195.4″
- Height: 49.2″
- Width: 74.4″
- Wheelbase: 108.0″
- Track F/R: 61.6/60.0
- Weight Distribution F/R: 56.1/43.9%
- Ground Clearance: 4.9″
- Fuel Capacity: 21.0 Gal
- Battery Capacity: 12 volt 61 amp/hr
- Alternator capacity: 854 watts
- Curb Weight: (in pounds)
- 1FQ87 (L6) – 3413
- 1FQ87 (V8) – 3554
- 1FS87 – 3674
1974 Ending VIN by Month:
- Aug – 103546
- Sep – 111226
- Oct – 122449
- Nov – 132731
- Dec – 140883
- Jan – 155295
- Feb – 169040
- Mar – 183937
- Apr – 197997
- May – None built
- Jun – None built
- Jul – None built
- Van Nuys
- None built in 1974
1974 Camaro Engine Info
1974 Camaro Drivetrain
Axle Ratio Key:
- S = Standard ratio
- E = Economy
- P = Performance
Engine Suffix Codes
Notes: L-65 350 V8 not sold in California; LM-1 was available in California only.
- At = Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
- Ce = California emission controls
- Ci = cubic inch
- Mt = manual transmission
- Tb = two-barrel carburetor
- Z = Z28 special performance package.
Engine Code Example: V0427CMC
(350ci – 145hp Assembled in Flint assembly plant on April 27)
Click here for further engine decoding information
Transmission & Rear Axle Codes
Transmission Code Example: S4D27
(1974 Muncie 3 speed, assembled April 27)
- Type Code:
- TM = 3 speed manual (L6)
- TN = 3 speed manual (V8)
- WK = 4 speed manual (V8)
- TT = TH350 (L6), FB = TH350 (V8)
TH400 transmission code is CY and is stamped on a tag which is riveted to transmission case.
Click here for further transmission decoding information
Rear end Code Example: CMG100DE
(Chevy sourced 3.42 Posi, assembled on day shift of 100th day of the year w/ Eaton Posi)
1974 Camaro Factory Options
|1FQ87||Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder||22,210||$2,827.70|
|1FQ87||Camaro Sport Coupe, 8-cylinder||79,835||3,039.70|
|1FS87||Camaro Type LT Coupe||48,963||3,380.70|
|AK1||Belts, color-keyed seat and shoulder||14,002||14.50|
|AN6||Adjustable Seat Back, driver side||7,298||18.00|
|AS6||Harness – Front Shoulder (delete, export)||–||–|
|AV6||Ignition – Interlock System (delete, export)||–||–|
|A01||Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows||118,230||39.00|
|A02||Tinted Windshield (fleet use only)||2,411||–|
|A48||Belts – Seat (delete, export)||–||–|
|A51||Seat – Special Contour (standard equipment)||–||–|
|BS1||Body Insulation Package||–||–|
|B37||Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear||41,231||12.00|
|B80||Roof drip moldings||4,408||–|
|B84||Moldings, body side||73,595||33.00|
|B85||Moldings – Belt Reveal||–||–|
|B93||Guards, door edge||45,509||6.00|
|B95||Molding – Rear End Panel||–||–|
|C08||Vinyl Roof Cover||37,991||87.00|
|C09||Roof Cover Trim – soft exterior||–||–|
|C24||Windshield Wipers, hide-a-way||21,009||21.00|
|C50||Defroster, rear window||34,030||31.00|
|D34||Mirror, visor vanity||–||3.00|
|D35||Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior||69,759||26.00|
|D80||Spoilers, front and rear||19,104||77.00|
|D88||Striping, four color (Z28 Required)||6,978||77.00|
|D92||Tape – Door Handle Decor||–||–|
|F41||Suspension, special purpose front and rear||9,700||30.00|
|6AF – 6CU – Spring – Front LH||–||–|
|7AF – 7CU – Spring – Front RH||–||–|
|GT4||Axle – Rear (3.73 Ratio)||–||–|
|GU2||Axle – Rear (2.73 Ratio)||–||–|
|GU4||Axle – Rear (3.08 Ratio)||–||–|
|GU6||Axle – Rear (3.42 Ratio)||–||–|
|G80||Positraction, rear axle||6,473||45.00|
|–||8DP – 8SZ – Spring – Rear LH||–||–|
|–||9DP – 9SZ – Spring – Rear RH||–||–|
|K03||Fan – Flex Engine||–||–|
|K05||Engine block heater||1,651||–|
|K76||Generator – AC 61 Amp||–||–|
|LM1||Engine, 350ci, 160hp Turbo Fire V8||9,139||46.00|
|L22||Engine, 250ci, 100hp Turbo Thrift L6||22,210||–|
|L48||Engine, 350ci, 185hp Turbo-Fire V8||20,520||76.00|
|L65||Engine, 350ci, 145hp Turbo-Fire V8||–||–|
|M15||Transmission, 3-Speed Manual Shift||–||–|
|M20||Transmission, 4-Speed Wide Range||7,003||200.00|
|M21||Transmission, 4-Speed Close Ratio||3,336||200.00|
|M38||Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic CBC (w/ L48 & L65)||140,233||225.00|
|M40||Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic (w/ Z28)||–||313.00|
|NB2||Emission Control – Mandatory (California)||–||–|
|N33||Tilt Steering Column||23,763||44.00|
|N65||Spare Tire, space saver||5,843||14.16|
|P01||Wheel Covers, bright metal||34,402||26.00|
|QBT||Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white letter||5,851||147.15|
|QDV||Tires, FR78x14 belted radial black wall||3,109||104.15|
|QDW||Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white stripe||40,751||134.15|
|QEH||Tires, E78x14 belted white stripe||28,619||28.00|
|QFC||Tires, F70x14 belted white stripe||44,897||70.00|
|QFD||Tires, F70x14 belted white letter||5,916||83.00|
|U18||Speedometer – Kilo Export||–||–|
|U25||Lamp – Luggage||–||–|
|U58||Radio, AM/FM stereo||10,782||233.00|
|U76||Windshield Antenna (when no radio ordered)||–||–|
|U80||Speaker, rear seat||49,650||15.00|
|V30||Bumper Guards, front and rear||14,632||31.00|
|V78||Plate – Less Cert of Compliance (export)||–||–|
|VJ9||Label – Exhaust Emission Level (California)||–||–|
|VK3||Mounting – License Plate Front||–||–|
|YA6||Body Co Override (California)||–||–|
|YA7||Emission Test, required for California||–||20.00|
|YF5||Emission Certification Requirements (California)||–||–|
|ZJ4||Trailer Towing Package||389||41.00|
|ZP2||Trim & Color Override||–||–|
|ZP8||Trim – Special||–||–|
|ZR7||Factory Pre-Delivery & Service||–||–|
|ZV1||Statement of Origin – Manufacturer||–||–|
|Z12||Gear – Speedometer Driven Fitting & Adapter||–||–|
|Z21||Style Trim Group||70,670||52.00|
|Z28||Special Performance Package||13,802||572.05|
|Z49||Base Equipment Modification (Canadian Mandatory)|
|Z54||Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package||16,456||35.00|
* Option prices are retail for base model. Prices could be reduced or option could be had at no charge if it was included as standard equipment on the Z28 or Type LT model.
1974 Camaro Exterior & Interior Color Codes
1974 (Z28) Example Cowl Tag & Description
The trim tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car.
Click Here for general trim tag decoding information.
|Paint Code (L,U)||Color||Vinyl Top||Interiors|
|11||Antique White||* ALL *||* ALL *|
|49||Med. Dark Green||Bk-G-S-W||Bk-G-N-S|
|74||Med. Red (met)||Bk-R-W||Bk-Bkr-N-S|
Codes 775,776 and 777 could each have black, red, or blue carpet.
777 could have black (code 19F) or blue (code 24F) carpet.
- B = Blue
- Bk = Black
- Bkb = Black with blue carpet
- Bkr = Black with red carpet and belts
- Bkw = Black and white check seat
- Br = Brown
- C = cloth
- Cb = Cream Beige
- G = Green
- Gb = Green and black check seat
- Kv = knit vinyl
- N = Neutral
- R = Red
- Ru = Russet
- S = Saddle
- Sb = Saddle and black check seat
- T = Taupe
- V = vinyl
- W = White
Click here to view: Type LT Interior