The Chevrolet El Camino has always been an interesting, yet confusing vehicle for us. It’s like a mullet, business in the front and party in the back. Don’t get us wrong, we like El Caminos, especially when they have a big V8 in them. This 1965 El Camino was special ordered with the high output V8 and a 4 speed manual. After spending the first 47 years of its life in California, it has made its way to Kansas City, Kansas, where it is now being offered here on eBay.
This truck, err car, was obviously parked under some type of car port, as the original paint is faded and oxidized in some areas, but shiny in others. The second generation of El Caminos was based off of the Chevelle and from the B pillar forward is identical to it. When the Chevelle was updated in ’65, the El Camino received the same attractive new look.
This interior has seen better days, but the current owner has made it drivable. The original seat cover was shot, so they installed a new one on the folding bench seat, but have otherwise left it as is. The car was ordered from McCullough Chevrolet in Hayward, California with the fantastic Muncie 4 speed manual gearbox, which should make this coupe utility vehicle a blast to drive.
They also ordered the car with one of the high output 327 V8s. We have yet been able to determine which of the 327s it was fitted with, as one could order it with a 250, 300, or 350 horsepower 327. Sadly, the original engine was replaced after only a year of use, due to excessive oil consumption. The engine was replaced under warranty by Chevrolet, but whether the new engine was the correct high output unit can only be determined by looking at the block number.
If you’re in the market for a Muscle car, but need room to haul stuff, the El Camino is a great choice. This one looks solid, but could use some work. We would be sure to do our research to find out which V8 this car originally had in it, as that can impact the value. If you bought this truck, would you leave the original patina or respary in its original Tahitian Turquoise Metallic?