1987 Chevrolet El Camino
1987 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 black, some fender skirts, a chrome bar topped bed, and extra chrome on the rockers and bumpers, it's a worker during the week, and Churcher during the weekend, that Australian woman would be proud!
Showing black and beautiful, all steel panels are straight and minding their gaps throughout. some nice chrome trimmings for the grille, front bumper rocker covers, belt line trim edging, windows and top of rear bed sides. Curved fender skirts are on the rear and add a touch of class to this car. So do those chromed bars sitting atop the bedsides, which can also be used for that secured tie down of any cargo. 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 rubber mat, and all glass on this car is clear and like new. 15-inch standard GM rally style wheels are on and wrapped by like new white sidewall rubber.
A blue velour bench stretches from blue door panel to blue door panel. It's clean and shows slight wear and has a split back that can be folded forward for access to a small storage area behind the seats. Some of this area is being taken up by expanded stereo speakers in felt covered boxes. A blue original dash is upfront, and the gauge cluster utilizes round gauges for something completely different from the late 80's. Blue floor mats with some electric blue embroidering edge banding and El Camino badging covers blue carpeting which is slightly faded. A tight felt headliner is above and also in …blue!
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, and a 10 bolt rear with 2.42 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 Flowmaster exhaust is installed 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!
80-2 Door Sedan Pickup
S-Ramos Azipe, Mexico Assy Plant
908854-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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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