Chevrolet El Camino - today's tempter

By: Jack Houlihan, Unique Cars magazine

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GM's crack at a hot ute

While America’s pickup scene eventually took a different (read: much bigger) path to that of Australia, for a period our mates in the Northern Hemisphere built coupe utilities externally at least not unlike our own. 

Chevrolet’s El Camino pickup was initially based on the Brookwood passenger car platform, wearing mid-range Bel Air trim from the sedan. By the third generation (1968-1972), the El Camino was based on the Chevelle station wagon chassis, and available with a variety of inline six and V8 engines under the bonnet.

In the third-gen’s final model year, the Super Sport package could be optioned on any V8-powered El Camino, from the base 307ci small-block to the gargantuan 454ci big-block.

This 1972 Super Sport runs a 350ci small-block, backed by an optioned four-speed manual gearbox. It has retained its left-hook layout after a local restoration. According to the seller, the unregistered pickup also includes its original option sheet and import paperwork

If you’re looking for a V8-equipped coupe utility that stands apart from the sea of Holdens and Falcons, this might be the one for you. It’s listed in South Australia with an asking price of $42,000.

 

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