Very sharp El Camino! Smooth 350 V8, automatic transmission, PS/B W/ FRT DISC, LOOKS & DRIVES GREAT!
The bodywork is nicely finished and the workmanship is shown to great effect thanks to the awesome burgundy paint. Gaps are good and a lot of time was invested in getting the body panels this straight. The builders opted to pay respect to originality, so they didn't go crazy with stripes or fake SS badges, which makes this one look especially clean. The bed was refinished with color-matched spray-in bedliner, so you can still use it as intended. Trim is bright and well maintained, with good chrome on the bumpers, a stock grille, and the brightwork around the bed is very nice with no obvious dings or damage from use.
A familiar black bench seat anchors the interior, which is a nice mixture of restoration pieces and original components. Carpets, headliner, and door panels appear to be original pieces that look good and fit right. The dash is original, including the gauges which show some age, but they all work as they should. There's also an upgraded AM/FM/8-track stereo system, and with a little service and elbow grease that factory A/C system will be freezing the cab again soon enough. It's not exotic or flashy, but from behind the wheel, it definitely looks and feels like a vintage muscle car, which is the whole point.
A 350 cubic inch V8 is certainly appropriate in a Chevy like this, and with an original intake and stock 4-barrel carburetor, it remains a blast to drive, just like it was in '69. The engine bay is sanitary and clean, with an original snorkeled air cleaner and Chevy orange paint on the block and valve covers. A big radiator keeps it cool and stock-style exhaust manifolds feed a deep-sounding Flowmaster dual exhaust system. The TH400 3-speed automatic shifts smoothly and is always on its toes, spinning a big-boy 12-bolt rear-end. The stock suspension shows-off tons of recent maintenance and is fully functional on the street, aided greatly with the help of power steering and power front disc brakes. Shiny Mag-style wheels look right and carry 225/70/14 BFGoodrich radials that fills the fenders properly.
The car has been in Denver, CO for less than a year; always stored in a garage and never driven in the winter. Transportation can definitely be arranged!
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