Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
It's official, 1980s El Caminos are worthy of collector status. This 1987 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista was deemed worthy enough to preserve for 33 years and it certainly attracts a lot of attention on the street. Use it as-is, give it some upgrades, or put it to work; at this price, what do you have to lose?
Thanks to handsome two-tone dark chestnut and light beige, this El Camino looks like a far more expensive car than it is. The car was repainted to a driver-quality standard, and it's a combination that works particularly well on the Elky's bodywork, enhancing the length of the body and highlighting the car's unique features. It has clearly been properly maintained with no signs of being a work truck, and seeing anything built in the mid-80s to fit together this well is a surprise. And unlike many of its siblings, this one doesn't have any questionable modifications or upgrades, and it's nice to see all the factory trim still in place. Sure, it's got some dings and minor chips here and there, but the imperfections are fairly minor and this Elky shows nicely in person. The stainless trim that highlights the profile and fender wells provides a nice break point for the two-tone colors and the band of bright trim surrounding the bed and on the bed rails themselves remains in decent condition. There's also a rugged spray-in bed liner, so you can still put this one to work on weekends if that's your plan. Honest and very solid, this car-truck definitely has a lot of life left to live.
The tan leather interior is a real treat, starting with the luxurious-looking split-bench seat and 2-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel. The black-faced gauges inside the factory instrument panel should look familiar to anyone who drove a rear-wheel-drive GM product in the '80s. Surprisingly nice tan carpets are protected by custom El Camino floor mats and the smooth door panels add to the well-kept feeling inside, and you'll note that this El Camino is heavily optioned with power windows and locks, cold R134a A/C, and a tilt steering column. There's an upgraded Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that provides the entertainment, and it fits neatly into the dash and still works, so be a traditionalist shouldn't mind the change too much. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how much room there is inside and how bright and airy it feels, despite the close-coupled two-seat body and big bed out back. This is a car-truck that you could easily drive cross-country without feeling like it beat you up.
The engine is a 305 cubic inch Chevy V8 topped by a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor and making a reasonable (for 1987) 150 horsepower. Most of the engine bay looks fairly stock, and all the factory running gear is still in place, more evidence that this car has been well maintained (and we have the maintenance receipts that spell most of that work out) but never modified or abused in the careful miles that it's been on the road. An original black air cleaner adds some contrast to the all-business engine bay, and it's full of mostly OEM components for reliability and easy service. There are signs of maintenance throughout the engine bay and it's neatly detailed, and if you just want to drive, it's ready to go! A 4-speed automatic transmission means this El Camino is an easy highway cruiser, and it spins the original 10-bolt rear end with highway gears inside. An upgraded dual exhaust system provides a great soundtrack, and you'll note that the floors are clean and solid, which makes since as this Elky has lived most of its life in sunny Texas. Flashy American Racing Torque Thrust chrome wheels continue add a modern look and carry 235/60/15 blackwall radials at all four corners.
The day of the El Camino is here, so whether you want to use this one for fun or work, it remains a great choice. Call today!
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