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1976 / 1977 Chevrolet El Camino - mfg date 12/76
(NOTE: Original listing had this as a 1976 model. That is not entirely correct, but it was what my father-in-law believed the car to be - and what he'd told to me.
Although it was manufactured in 1976, its MODEL YEAR (and what's on the title) says 1977.
We humbly ask your forgiveness for this error.)
Acquired in approximately 1982 or 1983, by its second owner, Mr. Clyde D. Pemberton, Jr.,(now deceased) the car has been garaged and always “lived” in Fort Worth, (north) Texas’ climate since that time.
The speedometer mileage is not entirely accurate, having been inoperable for a number of years. The car has probably some 200,000+ actual miles on it. No one knows.
Since Mr. Pemberton’s death at the age of 96 in late 2015, the car needed considerable maintenance in mid-2018 because it had not been driven over that time. Fluid changes, new gasoline, hose repairs, two new tires, ball joints replaced and a complete carburetor overhaul were just a few of the maintenance items attended. After the shop repairs by Rick & Ray’s Auto Plaza in Fort Worth, the El Camino was road worthy and made an appearance in the Fort Worth neighborhood of Ryan Place’s 2018 July 4th Parade.
Other notes: Sometime during 2013, Mr. Pemberton had an accident while driving the car. He decided he need not drive any more; had the car repaired and garaged it. We later discovered the car has a 1974 (?) grill. The VIN number cannot be used to date the car because it is pre-1981 (the date VINs were mandated to reveal date of manufacture), but we believe Mr. Pemberton and the State of Texas who's title to the car validates it as a 1977 (corrected) model.
Except for blurring the license tag, the photos are completely unretouched, and you can see from them, the car has some minor issues in bodywork, etc. but it is quite driveable, which we do regularly to keep up with basic maintenance.