Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1986 Chevrolet El Camino
Rumor has it that Mattel's Elliot Handler (the 'el' in Mattel), spotted designer Harry Bradley's El Camino in the Mattel HQ parking lot and commented, "Those are some hot wheels," coining the new name for Mattel's line of toy cars, Hot Wheels. In fact, Elliot was so impressed by Bradley's custom El Camino, he insisted that Mattel use it as a model for the first line of Hot Wheels toy cars. And the rest as they say is history.
All starting from an Australian farm wife wanting a vehicle she could use during the week on the farm and then drive it to church on a Sunday, the concept of a car with a truck bed was born. The Chevrolet El Camino (literally translated to "The Way") is in our massive facility and standing out as a nice example. Dressed in gray, a canvas tonneau cover, and highly polished wheels, it's a worker during the week, and Churcher during the weekend, that Australian woman would be proud!
Showing a respray of the original gray and done beautifully, all steel panels are straight and minding their gaps throughout. Some nice chrome trimmings for the grille, wheel well openings, belt line trim edging, windows and top of rear bed sides add a touch of class. So does the black canvas tonneau cover and black pin striping. Another nice feature is the triangular extra glass just before the B pillar. This adds what looks like extra space to the passenger compartment, but in reality, it's just a cool illusion. The long straight bed is lined with a large heavy duty rubber mat with the sides showing no dings or dents, and all glass on this car is clear and like new. 17" highly polished 5 spoke wheels Ridler wheels are on and wrapped by like new staggered blackwall rubber. As a bonus the consignor is including the original wheels and extra center caps for the 17" wheels.
Much like showroom, extremely clean surfaces starting with the swing of the doors revealing the door panels utilizing smooth padded vinyl in gray, molded plastic in excellent condition which houses the door pull, and side view mirror joystick. Slipping inside we are greeted with mid 1980's square and rectangle design for the dash, all functioning controls, and nicely set up for ease of operation. We note the full gauge package with factory tachometer as well as other engine vital monitoring gauges. Cruise control is noted, and A/C with an AM/FM/CD player is fitting neatly into a square panel. Nice fade free crushed velour broadcloth with some tuck and roll inserts and smooth gray vinyl bolsters form up the seating in bucket form, and a large central console fills the space between the seats housing a padded top storage compartment, automatic shifter, and custom cup holder. Gray carpet floods the floors and is very nice with only minor soiling, as is the tight gray fuzzy headliner above.
A peek under the hood reveals a nicely detailed and like new engine bay. Within its confines sits a 4.3 liter V6 with EFI, a GM 200R4 4 speed automatic transmission with a consignor stated shift kit, and a 10 bolt rear with 2.41 gears. Entire drivetrain is from the factory in this car/truck, all original, and all very clean.
Looking nice underneath, no rust, strong structure, and mechanicals are good as well. Speaking of which, we note independent coil springs upfront, and 4 link with coil springs for the back. Power disc brakes are on the front and power drums on the rear. A single exhaust system with a stock style muffler is on as well.
A quick starter, nice interior and a good runner. Fine handling, straight panic braking, and super acceleration. All surrounded by materials in good condition, and fully functioning...well...functions. Also, a smooth cruiser.
Made in Mexico, this car truck is in good condition, runs smoothly, and is looking just fab! A worker and a classy ride to go out, only need one vehicle with this one!
C-4001 Thru 5000 GVWR
S-Ramos Arizpa, Mexico Assy Plant
909609-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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