1973 GMC Sprint SP 454: The Other El Camino

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When I came across this 1973 GMC Sprint here on eBay with a starting bid of $10,000, I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. No, I’m not talking about the price tag – I thought for sure this was a case of El Camino identity theft. But in reality, GMC did produce its own version of the famous truckster complete with a 454 Turbo-Jet big block in the SP package (again, GMC’s version of the SS package from Chevrolet). According to the seller, this configuration is 1 of 71 ever made and with very low mileage below 40,000, I’m beginning to wonder if the asking price isn’t so crazy. The ’73 models were pre-catalytic converters, so you might even get to enjoy the extra power of the 454. If I were the seller, I’d find that one missing center cap to make this example as complete as possible. Although it’s a rare version of a mass-produced car, is it special enough to support the asking price? What do you think?

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  1. Mark E

    If you want RARE, I’d try to find a Caballero Diablo. I remember seeing one ONCE, when it was brand new…

  2. Charles

    That green is tough on the eyes, however the vehicle is cool regardless of the color. I can see it bringing a high price. Take it to your local show and you will have the only one there.

  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    While I’ve never been a big fan of this style of car/truck this one appeals to me. I do agree with Charles in that the green color isn’t very attractive. I could still drive it and enjoy it immensely.

  4. Rocco

    I’m a Ford guy, and I’d drive it. BUT, I haven’t got $10K to start bidding.
    No cats, no HEI ignition, no problem. I still have my flexible GM points adjuster tool.
    I like those special editions. Especially when it’s big HP(365HP), and all that torque.
    As Tim the Tool Man Taylor would say: Ohg,Ohg,Ohg!

  5. That Guy

    Not being an El Camino expert I can only guess if this is a realistic price, but my car-guy genes say it’s not out of line. It’s a rare, high(ish) powered variant, in what seems to be really clean, honest, original condition. I’m sure it’s not as sought-after as, say, a 1970 SS, but I have to think there is a buyer out there for this truck at this price.

    My brother-in-law actually had a 454 El Camino when he and my sister were dating back in the 80’s. I don’t recall exactly which year it was; could have been anywhere from 73 to 75. Not an SS, but it was a 4-speed, and was a pretty damn fast truck for the day.

  6. jim s

    it looks to be all there and ready to drive. a/c works!! new enough for shoulder belts so you can mount a child seat. should be easy for it to keep up with todays highway speeds. no reserve auction with over 6 days to go. this could make someone a nice daily driver car/light duty truck/tow vehicle/weekend drag car. great find

  7. pontiactivist

    I saw one of these in red 25+ years ago. Was a 4 speed iirc. I actually like this color too. Have never been a green fan but after restoring my buddies old 71 gs455 conv in citrus green with white int & top a couple years ago I love the way this green sparkles in the sun. Also cant imagine that there was two in this color combo out if 71 built.

    • jeb

      I have the same car ,color an all . Mine is a 74 one of 66 swivel buckets ,454 sprint sp , has only 225 hp thanx to emiissions. That green was around for years remember the gmc pickups ,many were that color.it may be a dumbed down big block but that can be remedied. Jay leno had a 73 on his webpage for a while. Too cool thnx

  8. pontiactivist

    Also for the oddity factor of these el camino ranchero car trucks. I remember a couple years ago at the pontiac nationals in norwalk ohio someone gad an 65 acadian elcamino.

  9. Woodie Man

    Talk about a seventies malaise mobile…….holy criminies! While admittedly in very nice condition these were beasts….and it has a slushbox. now find a ’65 El Camino with a 4 speed and you’re talking

  10. pontiactivist

    I had a 65 el camino. 327 4 speed in high school. Wish I still had it.

  11. Chebby

    The engine looks original but I’ve never heard of anything past 1970 making this kind of horsepower. Is this because as a GMC it’s classified as a truck, not a passenger car?

  12. Jasper

    My favorite era of El Camino and a truly ideal example. Tubine I poly cast wheels and those great ’73 GM metallics.

  13. Bobsmyuncle

    Great find!

    Pretty cool car, and personally I love the colour combo.

    This one is in that perfect condition that driving it and even throwing some junk in the back wouldn’t make you squirm uncomfortably.

  14. Blindmarc

    This is the real deal for a GM fan a good friend of mine had a 73′ elco,And his wife had a 70′ Sprint. This is a very rare truck. Still at 10k

  15. H. R. Wood

    Had a 74 Spirit of American like that, White, had red and blue stripes bought it new. sure wish I had it and many of the better than one thousand other muscle cars I have owned in the past fifty years.

  16. Blindmarc

    1hour to go and still no bidders

  17. Blindmarc

    Reposted. Wish I could afford more than a pot to pee in.

  18. Eric Weaver

    did this ever sell?? I have the same car but not mint like this

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