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Is the El Camino a truck?


I bought my first truck earlier this year and I love it. It’s a hobby truck, definitely not my daily driver due to its 8 mpg, but it’s cool for special drives on the weekends or Home Depot run for things that won’t fit in my Mini Cooper.

This week’s AutoHunter round up focuses on trucks, and the eternal question: Is an El Camino a truck, a car, or a bit of both?

1980 Chevrolet El Camino SS

I consider the El Camino a truck. I can’t imagine everyone agrees with that sentiment, but that’s my take. This 1980 El Camino is available on AutoHunter and has been in the same family since new and was in storage for 27 years. Under the hood is an upgraded 350ci V8 paired with a rebuilt automatic transmission.

This El Camino was repainted maroon several years ago and the interior has a tan vinyl bench seat, air conditioning, and a Bluetooth-compatible Kenwood AM/FM/CD audio head unit.

1955 Chevrolet 3100 project

I consider myself a project, and those that know me well can attest to this. That said, I feel a kinship with a fellow project like this truck. The seller of this Chevy 3100 truck shows green patina, and the seller advises the engine was running well before it was parked. The transmission will require a rebuild and a new clutch. It hasn’t been started in a while but should fire up when it gets a new battery.

The interior is rough, rusty and needs some work. Put in the time, elbow grease and you can finish this project. Unlike me, this project truck can be completed.

2003 Chevrolet SSR

More of a roadster than a truck but the SSR has a bed that could be used for some sort of hauling. Maybe small to medium items from Costco?

With a retractable hardtop and powered by an upgraded fuel-injected 5.7-liter LS6 V8 engine enhanced with a Magnuson water-cooled supercharger, this SSR is more flash than utility, but it’s technically a truck. It has 9,700 miles and a clean CARFAX report. The SSR is good for cruising and some light hauling.

1975 Ford F100 Ranger XLT

On the opposite end of the truck segment from the SSR is this 1975 Ford F100 Ranger XLT. A true utility vehicle without a lot of amenities or pizzazz but is outfitted for work and service.

This Ford truck features a Harbor service body with toolboxes and a fuel storage tank, a custom-built bed rack with a spare tire mount, and an aftermarket front bumper with a winch. Under the hood is an upgraded 390ci V8 engine with 1,700 miles on it. The engine is paired with a column-shifted automatic transmission and a transfer case.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


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