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I'm passing this along just in case anybody else might be interested.

1971 Nova production numbers:

194,878 total --- 7015 were SS models

99,950 had V-8's --- 25,289 were L48 270 HP 350 CI

71,810 had the M38 350 TBH (no M40 400 TBH) and only

3,950 had M20 4 speeds (no M21's or M22's)

For a base price of: $2254.00

At that price, I wish I could order another one now.
 

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They only made 1 that was mine. :yes: :D
I was considering ordering mine with the Turbo 400, but thought that the 350 was sufficient. I would have had the only one of those. But hey, 1 out of 7015 isn't too bad. :prost:
 

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Was the M21 and M22 no longer an option in 71?

I have 69 2 L78 cars and a 69 4 door and the 4 door is rarer then the L78 cars, apparently, the PG tranny wasn't common with the 350 and even rarer in a 4 door, oddly enough it has AC and no radio either.
 

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Was the M21 and M22 no longer an option in 71?

I have 69 2 L78 cars and a 69 4 door and the 4 door is rarer then the L78 cars, apparently, the PG tranny wasn't common with the 350 and even rarer in a 4 door, oddly enough it has AC and no radio either.

I just picked out some information from this web site.

http://www.novaresource.org/production.htm
 

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I just picked out some information from this web site.

http://www.novaresource.org/production.htm
Ya I was browsing through it and was surprised to see that, for the 71 model year.

I know my car is much easier to drive with the M20 and 373's in it. I had an M21 and 336's and it was harder on the clutch starting off. I'm assuming they wanted taller gears for better milage, so the M20 was the better choice for the taller rear gear.
 

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My buddy has a 71 SS he bought new. His window sticker states the car has a m20 or m21 (cant remember which) ... BUT he actually has a M22 !!! Its crazy, and he's the only owner. I told him they probably ran out of whatever was supposed to be in there that day and had the M22 laying around... go figure.

Did 72's still get Muncies?
 

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There is frequently confusion over the M20, M21, M22, etc. The 'M' doesn't stand for Muncie. All the transmsssion RPOs started with 'M' no matter what manufacture they were.

Bob
 

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My buddy has a 71 SS he bought new. His window sticker states the car has a m20 or m21 (cant remember which) ... BUT he actually has a M22 !!! Its crazy, and he's the only owner. I told him they probably ran out of whatever was supposed to be in there that day and had the M22 laying around... go figure.

Did 72's still get Muncies?
Lot's of those type circumstances. My 72 has quick ratio p/s. Was not on the build sheet. I was told by a person who worked for GM in Van Nuys that when they ran out of a certain part rather than hold up a car in production they put in what ever they had.
Made sense to me...
 

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My buddy has a 71 SS he bought new. His window sticker states the car has a m20 or m21 (cant remember which) ... BUT he actually has a M22 !!! Its crazy, and he's the only owner. I told him they probably ran out of whatever was supposed to be in there that day and had the M22 laying around... go figure.

Did 72's still get Muncies?
It may be possible to possible find a 12 bolt and Muncie in a 72, but 72 was the first year for the 8.5 and Muncie to be replaced by the Saginaw.
There is frequently confusion over the M20, M21, M22, etc. The 'M' doesn't stand for Muncie. All the transmsssion RPOs started with 'M' no matter what manufacture they were.

Bob
That helps clarify a lot, I was sure I was missing something, I just couldn't put 2 & 2 together. Thanks Bob.:yes:
 
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