The El Camino – Everything You Need to Know

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By Dave Ashton

The El Camino built by Chevrolet may seem a strange looking vehicle by today’s standards, but it fitted into the landscape perfectly in the late 60s and 70s. Originally built to take on the similar Ford Ranchero, the El Camino was part muscle car parts truck starting its production run in 1959. The vehicle lasted through five generations up to 1987.

Like the rest of the muscle car pack the El Camino had its first largest engine in 1968 with a 396ci. V8 good for fringe 75 HP and then like the Chevelle in 1970 housed a 454ci. V8 big block with an SS badge with 450hp. on paper, you would think that the old Camino had everything. Fun up front, room in the back for all your friends and a light enough rear end to donut for days.

However, for some reason it got the mullet reputation along the way. This video goes a long way to address this point and gives you a great back history into the vehicle and why it is a worthy collectors item today.

We may see an updated El Camino release sometime in the future, with the Australians holding the biggest flag for this type of vehicle with the Ute, but for now we can celebrate how the car fulfilled multiple purposes and was a ton of fun along the way.

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