Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, Texas
We've made the case for the practical and stylish Chevrolet El Camino here before, and with this handsome black '71, it remains as true as ever. There's a 383 cubic inch stroker motor under the hood, a fresh paint job that accentuates the car's classic styling, and honestly, if you can find a muscle car more versatile than this one, you should buy it.
Dressed in inky black paint with copper stripes, it's the archetypal Elky, and personally, the '71s are my favorite with their single headlamps and side-mounted parking lights. The bodywork is spectacular with virtually zero flaws in the paint, which is so fresh you can almost smell it. They added a cowl induction hood during the repaint, shaved the emblems, and the stripes follow a unique pattern that looks right and makes this El Camino really stand out. Beyond the style, the basics are excellent: the doors fit well, the hood sits flush, and the tailgate closes without a heavy slam. Bumpers, both front and rear, appear to be reproduction items or even very nice originals, and all the stainless trim is in excellent condition. The bed is protected by a spray-in bed liner that looks awesome and shows off some very straight sheetmetal underneath, more evidence that this El Camino has lived an easy life.
This El Camino offers a very upscale feel inside, well beyond its blue collar roots. The Cadillac leather bucket seats are your first clue that this isn't your average Elky, and the OEM look works rather well. There's a custom center console between them, complete with built-in controls for the power seats, the 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, and a trio of aftermarket gauges. And speaking of gauges, there's also a monster tach strapped to the tilt steering column along with the factory gauges in the dash, which are looking a little faded. The steering wheel is probably the most notably deteriorated part, but a replacement is inexpensive and easy and would really make this high-zoot truck/car stand out. An upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo head unit snugs into the dash and you'll note that the car is equipped with A/C, which makes it a fantastic choice for road trips.
The engine is a strong-running 383 cubic inch V8 that was installed less than 100 miles ago. Like all small block Chevys, it runs very well with big block levels of power and a great rumble from the Flowmaster dual exhaust system. Wearing a coat of Chevy Orange, the engine is nicely dressed with a chrome Edelbrock air cleaner and Moroso valve covers. For performance, there's a 4-barrel carburetor atop an Edelbrock intake, and a set of long-tube headers connect to the Flowmasters underneath. That aforementioned 700R4 4-speed automatic handles the gears, and it feeds the stock 10-bolt rear end. Power steering and brakes make this truck/car handle easily and it's quite clean underneath with no evidence that it was ever in a snowy climate. Rally wheels always look right on Chevy muscle, and these wear fat 215/60/15 front and 235/60/15 rear white letter radials.
Properly sorted El Caminos are hard to find, and when they've led hard lives like most of their siblings, it's even more difficult. With a fresh engine, paint, and thousands of dollars' worth of work with receipts, this is a turn-key car with a ton of power and style at a shockingly reasonable price. Call today!
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