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Pick of the Day: 1966 Chevrolet El Camino

Is it for work or for play? The answer is yes.

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The El Camino was marketed as being “Smarter on the outside, nicer on the inside, more powerful up front, and still a downright pleasure to work with.” The car was touted for having the appearance, comfort, and performance of a passenger car along with the brawn to haul or tow on demand.

The Pick of the Day is a 1966 Chevrolet El Camino listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Oak Harbor, Ohio. (Click the link to view the listing)

This El Camino reportedly originated in Texas and is accordingly rust-free. Curb appeal is strong with this one, thanks to a vivid red coat of paint and a set of Rally wheels with white-letter tires. The seller says, “I was fixing it up to keep, but I find sitting this low hurts my back, so my loss is your gain.”

It’s hard to believe, but the El Camino goes back 65 years to 1959. It was launched as a “coupe utility” on the General Motors B-body platform that year, but underpinnings changed to the A-body in 1964 when the El Camino evolved into its second generation. The main draw for the El Camino was its six-foot cargo bed which was rated at 1,000 points of payload capacity. Under heavier loads, the four-wheel coil suspension worked with load-leveling shocks to keep things composed and under control.

Chevrolet called its motor/transmission combinations “power teams,” and the variety of power teams was mind boggling. In fact, there were 23 ways you could option things out (two six-cylinders and five V8s were on the list, in addition to few different transmission offerings).

In lieu of one of the factory power teams, today’s featured vehicle is motivated by a remanufactured 350cid small-block that still has the balance of a five-year warranty. Within the last two years, the car reportedly received a long list of mechanical updates. Included are a radiator with electric fans, the fuel sending unit, an Edelbrock carburetor, and replacement components for the alternator, fuel pump, water pump, wiring harness, and ignition switch. The suspension has air-ride in the rear and Monroe shocks up front, and the braking system has been upgraded to four-wheel power discs.

“All that’s lacking now is you behind the wheel,” Chevrolet advertised back in 1966. The same statement holds true today. Let’s find this El Camino a good home.

The asking price is $26,000 or best offer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, take a look at Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.

1 COMMENT

  1. Nice car, too bad about the wheel covers, “not Stock” including engine add ons. Maybe 9 K on a good day.

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