3951 Higuera Street
Culver City, CA
By 1980, Chevrolet's chest-haired, Chevelle based El Camino had turned into a sharp-edged compact truck sitting on its own chassis for the first time, but still sharing many body components with the A-body Chevrolet Malibu. The meaty 350 V8 offered in 1979 was dropped for the 1980 model year, leaving the 305 V8 the top option. The owner of this El Camino chose that wouldn't be enough for him – and he decided to tweak a few things. You may like the result – and you can bid on it, too!
Originally a Missouri car, the owner acquired the Camino in 2017 – he always wanted an El Camino and liked the relatively rare, compact fifth generation. He added about 5,000 miles to the odometer which reads 12,305 miles, and is known to have rolled over once. After spending a lot of TLC and bucks into it, he decided that his other 3 classics also deserve some attention, leading to the decision to part ways with his Chevy. The clean Michigan title is in the owner's name.
Sitting low on 1-inch drop springs from Hotchkiss, the Silver metallic Camino features black racing stripes, black painted 15x7 front/15x8 rear Corvette Rally wheels with chrome trim rings, tinted windows and sunroof, black headlight trim and front grille, and black cargo bed cover. The paint is showing some age; chrome bumpers, chrome window trim and wheel arch trim shows off nicely. The bodywork is straight, with no signs of body repairs and body fillers.
This Camino is not a poser. Originally a column shifted 3-speed automatic, the Chevy has been converted to a floor shifted manual 4-speed Muncie M20 with Hurst shifter. Accompanied by ProCar Racing seats, an aftermarket center console with cup holders and lockable compartment, new black carpeting and original, black velour door panels. The black vinyl dashboard is in good condition . The cabin appears very clean. Acoustic pleasure comes from a Pioneer CD radio unit, connected to two foot-well speakers and speaker bar behind the seats. The gauge cluster was replaced with AutoMeter units, and all work as designed except for the speedometer.
The rebuilt 350 cu in. V8 roller motor has been spiced up with Vortec heads, Edelbrock carburetor and intake, Hooker headers and dual exhaust, Warlock mufflers, High torq Ministarter, high-flow water pump and radiator. The Muncie M20 operates with help from a new flywheel, center-force clutch and new hydraulic through-out bearings from American Powertrain, leading the torque to a 10-bolt GM rear end with 3.42 gears. The A/C system has been removed.
Lemon Squad performed an extensive vehicle inspection and test drive – look into their attached report for further detailed information.
If you're looking for a cute, all original survivor, this is not your car. This Camino is a nasty little road monster, with lots of potential. It will gladly appreciate some TLC, but the mean attitude is already there and it's ready to unleash its grumpy nature onto the tarmac. Can you tame it?
Listed for auction at www.Clasiq.com
Auction Ends 8/11
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