The available Z71 trim level for the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban adds a bevy of desirable off-road equipment to the full-size family SUV, including a front skid plate, red tow hooks, off-road tires, a two-speed transfer case and Hill Descent Control. The Z71 off-road package hasn’t always been a part of the Chevrolet Suburban options list, although that didn’t stop the builder of this custom 1971 Suburban restomod from making their own Z71 package for it.
This unique yellow Chevrolet Suburban will cross the auction block at Mecum Auctions’ upcoming Dallas 2020 sale later this month. The vintage SUV has undergone a full rotisserie restoration and features a “Z71 package” as the listing states, which we imagine is the owner’s imaginative name for the off-road upgrades they’ve slapped on it. Some of the more notable off-road-oriented modifications include Bilstein shocks, an external transmission cooler with a temperature-controlled fan, a 12,000-pound winch and Hella headlights.
Power comes from a modern-day 5.7L GM LS V8 engine, which has been upgraded with a camshaft from what we assume is a GM LS6 V8, as the listing calls it a “Corvette Z06 camshaft.” Power is sent through a four-speed 4L60E automatic transmission to an automatic four-wheel-drive system.
The blend of vintage and modern continues inside this unique 1971 Chevrolet Suburban restomod. While the old, unsupportive bench seats have been tossed out in favor of some more heavily bolstered modern-day buckets, the old-school flare remains thanks to the yellow plaid upholstery, woodgrain dashboard trim and yellow painted accents. There’s also some modern-day technology as well, including a Pioneer audio system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and navigation, keyless entry and cruise control.
Mecum Auctions did not provide any estimate as to what this 1971 Chevrolet Suburban “Z71” might sell for, but it appears to have had a lot invested into it, so we don’t think the owner is willing to part with it for cheap. Check out the listing at this link.