Friday, December 28, 2012

10k: 1987 Chevy El Camino SS; Minty Clean

The fifth generation Chevy El Camino was built on GM's G-platform and shared components with all manner of Chevy Malibu, Olds Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal.  What the rest of these cars lacked was pickup truck utility and a die-hard fan base in the Hispanic urban communities in most major American cities. If you want a sweet stock El Camino, it would be best to get the cleanest, newest example you can find - this (last year of production) 1987 Chevy El Camino is offered for sale in Lakeland, FL currently bidding for $8,100 with no reserve and 2 days to go.

This El Camino is about the cleanest looking El Camino you can find anywhere - its paint, trim, chrome, and glass all looks great in the photos.  We'd be willing to be the original owner kept it in a garage and spent the weekends waxing it, because it looks like you could eat off the hood.

The engine bay also looks clean - albeit lubed up in armor all like a Swedish mud wrestler.  Its 5.0 liter V8 (the detestable Chevy 305) puts out a meager 150 horsepower and mated to the stock automatic slushbox transmission will make for a lethargic driving experience.

If you are going to drive a miserably slow car, at least the seats should be comfortable and these red-velvet puppies look like sofa seats - no mistaking these for something from Recaro.  We like the original grandpa style steering wheel cover still covering the thin spoked steering wheel and matching red dash toupee. 

We still think this is about the nicest looking El Camino you can find for sale and if hauling junk is more important than hauling ass - maybe this one is for you.  At least the strong front weight distribution will allow you to do some wicked brake stands.

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  1. ~ one of my favorite cars i have ever owned was my '78 SS El Camino, the first of the small body style and last year a 350 could be combined with the Saginaw 4speed (soon replaced with Muncie). i found it quite by accident while chasing down a Porsche 912 which i sold almost immediately. the SS had the tonneau cover and the alternate Hop Cap fiberglass top which went straight back from the cab roof, looking like the Nomad wagon of it's day. it can't be proven by the 85 mph speedometer but Missouri Highway Patrol felt confident it was capable of 140 according to a 4am traffic stop on my way to my grandfather's deathbed side. the trooper was kind enough not to jail me and wrote the ticket for 94 plus a stern warning. still cost $120, a tidy sum in '79.

  2. This looks like a good one, well kept and pristine in body and paint; however, I would have to yank those red seats out, and redo it in grey with maybe a little side support (different GM product maybe?), and then definately mess with the motor to coax some additional ponies out of it.

    1. ~ my '78 SS had red vinyl, and you are right. grey or even perhaps black is far better. in this car a deep burgundy fabric would also look nice. those seats are awful for support, and the non-adjustable seat angle aggravated this 6'2" owner. Recaro or similar.

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