1974 Camaro Parts and Restoration Information

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.

Rear Axle:

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)

Front Suspension:

Spring rate: 300 lb./in. Front stabilizer bar 0.938 inch. Unchanged from 1973.

Rear Suspension:

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:

Engine 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:

  • Norwood
    • 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)

Click here for further axle decoding information
Click Here for general axle info and tooth combinations

1974 Camaro Factory Options

RPO Description Qty Retail *
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
A31 Power Windows 7,972 75.00
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
C60 Air Conditioning 79,237 397.00
D34 Mirror, visor vanity 3.00
D35 Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior 69,759 26.00
D55 Console 135,453 57.00
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
J50 Power Brakes 124,010 46.00
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
N41 Power Steering 102,043 113.00
N65 Spare Tire, space saver 5,843 14.16
PE1 Wheels, turbine-style 2,633 110.50
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
UA1 Battery, heavy-duty 9,724 15.00
U05 Horns, dual 13,292 4.00
U14 Special Instrumentation 10,425 82.00
U18 Speedometer – Kilo Export
U25 Lamp – Luggage
U35 Clock 18,842 16.00
U58 Radio, AM/FM stereo 10,782 233.00
U63 Radio, AM 91,504 65.00
U69 Radio, AM/FM 29,105 135.00
U76 Windshield Antenna (when no radio ordered)
U80 Speaker, rear seat 49,650 15.00
V01 Radiator, heavy-duty 7,175 14.00
V30 Bumper Guards, front and rear 14,632 31.00
V78 Plate – Less Cert of Compliance (export)
V97 Export Preparation
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)
YF6 Processing (California)
ZJ4 Trailer Towing Package 389 41.00
ZJ7 Rally Wheels 46,975 44.00
ZJ9 Auxiliary Lighting 22,527 17.50
ZP2 Trim & Color Override
ZP8 Trim – Special
ZR7 Factory Pre-Delivery & Service
ZV1 Statement of Origin – Manufacturer
ZW7 Certified Paint
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
74 vin tag
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
01 – Special
1111 Antique White * ALL * * ALL *
2626 Bright Blue B-Bk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkr
2929 Midnight Blue B-Bk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkr-N-R
3636 Aqua Blue Bk-W Bk
4040 Lime Yellow Bk-W Bk-G
4646 Bright Green Bk-G-W Bk-G-N
4949 Med. Dark Green Bk-G-S-W Bk-G-N-S
5050 Cream Beige Bk-Br-Cb-S-W Bk-Bkr-N-S-T
5151 Bright Yellow Bk-W Bk-N-S-T
5353 Light Gold Bk-Cb-W Bk-N
5555 Sandstone Bk-Cb-W Bk-N
5959 Golden Brown Bk-Br-Cb-S-W Bk-N-S
6464 Silver Bk-Br-R-T-W Bk-Bkb-Bkr-N-R
6666 pic Bronze Bk-Ru-S-W Bk-N-S
7474 red Med. Red (met) Bk-R-W Bk-Bkr-N-S
7575 Medium Red Bk-W Bk-Bkr-N-R

1974 Vinyl Top Code A = White, B = Black, D = Medium Blue, E = Cream-Beige, F = Brown, G = Green, H = Red, L = Russet, R = Saddle
Interior Codes:

Sport Coupe  775  777  779  781  786  787  792  796  798










Type LT  776  778  780  783  784  797  799








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

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