1971 Chevrolet El Camino
1971 Chevrolet El Camino
The car is listed at AUTO HUNTER site where you can bid on the car, see the link below.
"Business In The Front, Party In The Back"
- Texas Car/Truck
- 350 V8
- Dark Red Paint
- Custom Red/White Interior
- Fun and Affordable Classic
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“The classic American muscle years were the best for the El Camino.” - Chevrolet El Camino retrospective, Chevy Hardcore website
The Chevy Hardcore website writers provided more of the El Camino's history: “The El Camino was introduced to the Chevy model line-up in 1959 as a competitor for the Ford Ranchero, only to be discontinued after the 1960 model year. But in 1964, Chevy brought back the model, this time based on the Chevelle rather than the Brookwood station wagon like the previous generation. The El Camino was a hit and stayed around until 1987, after Chevy changed the platform for the car to the Malibu in 1978.”
Offered here is a tastefully restored, refreshed, and re-powered 1971 El Camino in red pearlescent over custom red-and-tan. The car's odometer shows 40,332 miles, or about 800 miles per-year on average.
The El Camino's exterior paint was professionally applied and retains an even, glossy finish (with some age-related patina) across the entire car-pickup body. The color choice made for a striking look, very much an updated original presentation as opposed to a far-out custom presentation. The front grille was re-done in gloss black. The entire cargo box is painted in the body color and shows minor wear from light use. Original chrome bumpers are in good condition, with wear-indication on the rear bumper. Chrome trim on the body, including on the 73-inch-long cargo box top-edge trim and cabin-glass trim, has been well maintained in very good condition. All but two badges in the grille have been removed; the Chevrolet bowtie and name emblem remain mounted. Cabin glass and lighting lenses throughout are clear and uncracked. The El Camino features chrome, 5-spoke Holley Rev® wheels (100 Classic series) mounted with Cooper Cobra® Radial G/T raised-white-letter tires.
Inside, there's more evidence of the custom work in the red-and-tan combination. The single bench seat has been reupholstered in red vinyl with accenting white stripes. The same two colors are incorporated in the redesigned door panels. Black, square-weave carpets cover the cabin floor. The dashboard—original to the car—is tan, with signs of aging. Instrumentation is stock El Camino including slide levers for the heat and air conditioning. A Sony audio head unit is installed in the factory-radio location with its auxiliary components hidden in the glove box. The shifter for the automatic transmission is mounted on the steering column.
Under the hood, the replacement 350 cubic-inch General Motors V8 features added flair in the form of cast Edelbrock® valve covers and chrome air-cleaner cover. The engine bay is clean with components properly installed with hoses and wiring correctly routed. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete and undamaged. The full-length, performance dual exhaust is a focal point.
The car's original data tag remains mounted.
While the more than 135 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '71 El Camino in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
El Caminos were a consistent seller for Chevrolet, especially popular with ranchers in the Southwest. The combination of 3-passenger seating and 800-pound load capacity appealed to those who worked for a living, but wanted a comfortable vehicle that wasn't as “truck-y” as a pickup. Sound like you?