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
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
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
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