Clean and Original: 1987 Chevrolet El Camino

Vehicles like the Chevrolet El Camino offer potential owners a nice combination of both comfort and practicality, and this 1987 model is one that is in quite nice condition. With production of the El Camino being fazed out in late 1987, that also makes this one of the last examples to roll off the production line. It is located in Georgetown, Texas, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding is now sitting at $5,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

This El Camino is finished in a very attractive combination of Silver and Medium Grey. It appears to be very straight and clean, with no signs of any rust issues, or major dings or dents. There are a few issues with the clear-coat, but it still presents quite well. The chrome and glass also appear to be in extremely good condition. With the 5th generation of the El Camino having been introduced in 1978, the vehicle’s styling is quite square and is typical of cars of that time. By 1987, vehicle styling had begun to soften, and the El Camino was starting to show its age. That is not to say that it was unattractive, because it most certainly wasn’t, and I would never accuse this one of that. I prefer to look at it as being really sharp and quite tough looking. A receiver hitch complete with hitch and ball is a nice and practical addition to this vehicle, as is a bed mat.

The Grey interior trim of the El Camino is also in very nice condition. The dash pad has a number of cracks, but these have been disguised by what appears to be a good-quality dash mat. The carpet is in quite reasonable condition, and this will be protected by the inclusion of a set of floor mats. The seats, door trims, and the dash all appear to be completely original, and in extremely nice condition. A previous owner has fitted an immobilizer with a key fob, and it seems that this works well. For comfort and convenience, you get air conditioning that blows cold, power windows, power locks, cruise control (currently inoperative), an AM/FM radio, and a tilt wheel.

By 1987, the big-block equipped El Camino was a distant memory. Engine choices were limited to a 262ci V6, and the 305ci V8. Opting for the bigger engine only brought a power increase of 5hp, and a torque increase of 15ft/lb. Many people found these figures to be disappointing, but still opted for the V8 because of its smoothness. It’s also worth noting that the El Camino is a surprisingly light vehicle, so it could still be a spritely performer, even with such conservative levels of power. This El Camino features the V8 engine, a 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic transmission, along with power steering and power brakes. While the owner doesn’t provide a lot of information on the mechanical condition of the El Camino, the fact that he maintains it as a daily driver is quite encouraging. He has also recently fitted it with new tires, which is a nice bonus.

There are plenty of people who would love to see the return of the El Camino, but it now seems that the days of vehicles of this type have come and gone. This is a shame because as someone who has an Australian Falcon “Ute” as a daily driver, I can attest to just how comfortable and practical these types of vehicles are. Even though engine powers were pretty low by the time this El Camino rolled off the production line, more buyers opted for the V8 than the V6, and today, they have become a classic that is growing in both popularity and value. A good example is hard to find for under $15,000, while $20,000 or more isn’t out of the question for an immaculate example. Depending on where the reserve has been set on this one, it is a classic that is well worth keeping an eye on and maybe making a bid on.

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Comments

  1. Steve

    I live near Georgetown Tx and I am about 99% sure that about 15 years ago i sold the owner of this el camino a 7.5” ten bolt rear axle that I had swapped 3.42 gears into (I swapped it for an 8.5” rear with 3.73 gears). I wonder if this car now has that axle in it (?)

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  2. JOHN Member

    I’m not so sure about the authors comments stating that these are “surprisingly light” I used to think that all El Camino’s were light in the back due to their construction. I own a 1970 SS 396 El Camino, and believe it or not, it weighs a few pounds MORE than a 2 door hardtop! I have to admit I know nothing about the G-body Malibu and Elco, maybe they are lightweights.

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