Wednesday, May 1, 2013

1970-1973 Split Bumper Camaro RS

To say the least, these Camaros are great looking classic cars that are sought-after by many car enthusiast. But there has always been confusion of which Camaros came with the split bumper front-end.

Camaros with the RS trim package or Z22 option, most of which were RS Camaros, are the ones that are sought-after for their stylish split bumper. But there are many replicas of the split bumper Camaros because for some reason people have found the split bumper style a more desirable look for the Camaro.

Since there is more original full bumper Camaros, there is a huge market for kits that can transfer a Z28 or a SS trim package into a split bumper look.

So if you are looking for a Camaro with a legit RS trim package, you will probably be making a smart move by doing some investigating on these Camaros before purchasing one and just taking someones word for it. In fact, there are ways you can find out if the Camaro you are looking at is a real RS trim package or if it is a Z28 or an SS trim package with an after market bumper.

First you can ask the owner if they have a build sheet. If they do, then the build sheet should specify if the Camaro was optioned with the Z22 option, if it wasn't then it's not a true RS.

If they don't have a build sheet then you will have to look at the features of the car. A true RS package should have most of these options: body colored insert on door handles, bright chrome window and body trim, sill and hood panel moldings, hidden wipers (rpo C24) option and bright accented parking lights, tail lights and backup lights.  

It should also be noted that a Z28 and a SS could be ordered with a RS package, and the only real way to determine these optioned Z28s and SSs without a build sheet would be by looking at the VIN number. You will have to do some research or contact Chevrolet to find out what to look for in the VIN number, but each VIN should identify the Camaro correctly as a true split bumper Camaro.

It also should be noted that a RS package is not wroth more then a Z28 or a SS package. But if a Z28 or a SS came original with a full bumper and it was converted to a split bumper, that could decrease the value of the Camaro.


  1. Split bumpers bolt directly on to the solid bumpers mounting brackets. No modifications are required to switch bumpers back and forth. New split bumpers run approximately $200pr.

  2. i should also note that both cars pictured above are NOT true RS cars because of the "banana" turn signal lights under the bumbers. RS' have round turn sigs up near the grill in about the middle of the car. The orange solid bumper car is correct as a non RS 'maro. The blue one is the fake RS. Or Real Z28 worth way more money, with split bumpers put on it because it does, to me, make the car look way better. I did this same thing to my solid bumper orange 72 i sold in Reno and i think it got me more money. I did not say it was an RS, just, like this orange one, said it was a true SS.