This was the first Mr. Norm’s 1971 GSS Demon that I owned. I had been looking for one for a while, but they are very hard to find since they are so rare. I happened to be at the Mopar Nationals in Columbus, Ohio one year and ran across this car. I was having my black 1968 GSS Dart OEM judged and was spending a lot of time on the East side of the track away from the main action. While I was walking around, I spotted this GSS.
At first, I wasn’t sure if it was really a GSS. Yes, it had a Six-Pack 340, but the carburetors and air cleaner weren’t the right ones. It had normal Mopar carbs and the air cleaner from 69 and later Six-Packs. Strangely enough, the original GSS cars from Mr. Norm didn’t have Mopar carburetors on them. It turns out that the Chevy Corvette Tri-Power carbs were slightly cheaper than the Mopar ones, so that’s what he bought an installed. If you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to spot. Mopar Six-Pack carbs have the fuel inlets on the passenger side and Chevy Tri-Power carbs have the fuel inlet on the driver’s side of the car.
It took some research and discussions with the owners, but it became obvious that this really was an original GSS, they just liked the new Six-Pack air cleaner better. Originally, the car came with a smaller Mr. Norm’s air cleaner – a custom one. I was determined to buy the car, and by the time the weekend was over, I had struck a deal with the owners. Once I had it back at the restoration shop, I replaced the carbs, air cleaner and brought it back to original dress. I drove this car a lot, and it was a wonderful driver. Fast, too!!!