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1964-1967 El Caminos are on the rise

#1

Australians know a good pickup/car hybrid when they see one, but America has had a rocky relationship with utes. Dodge dabbled with the Rampage, Subaru gave us the Brat and the Baja, and Ford gave us 23 years of the Ranchero, but the longest-lasting of them in the U.S. market was Chevrolet’s El Camino (Spanish for The Camino).


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/03/15/64-67-el-caminos-on-the-rise
#2

Spanish for “The Camino”??? Did you mean to say The Road? or The Highway?

#3

It’s an old Saturday night live reference from when Chris Farley was pretending to be el nino on the weather channel.

youtube search Chris Farley el nino. It’s a classic

#4

You guys sound like Gringos from Michigan. Other than that, El Caminos are an interesting collector with great parts support.

#6

It’s a joke, in the vein of the SNL sketch that @ANDREW.LOMBARD55 mentions.

#7

I graduated from HS in June 65. I had a nice Chevy 4d Sport Hardtop with a little pizzazz. I was driving by Braley dodge and spotted a bright red 64 Elco with 4 speed, buckets, console, duals and it was fast just sitting there.

I bought it incurring payments at 17. I kept it around 9 months. I could not keep my foot off the gas. I went thru three clutches and sets of tires a ticket or two. Getting to 70 in 1st, 90 in 2d and 120 to get to 4th was a thrill but in my gray matter now, very stupid.

I switched to a more docile 63 Impala. I always regretted selling the 56 because it was paid for.I bought a new 67 Cougar one year later and when drafted three months later I had to sell my car so I walked for a long time. Just last month I bought a 56 Sport Sedan, sold my 86 elco and am keeping my 85 elco. Selling an 85 Olds Cutlass and another 67 Cougar XR7 to make room and to downsize at 71.

#8

There’s only 1 El Camino. The 59. And it’s a misdemeanor to leave it stock, right? Set the stance to get the roof level, add OEM style chrome wheels with about a 3" whitewall, Any Chevy engine besides a modern LS, "period interior. Ok, maybe there’s another El Camino, a 68 SS big block variant, said BBC to be changed to a 427. Well ok there’s the 69 too. Crap, I can’t leave the baddest of bad out. An LS6 equipped 70. Oh yeah, El Caminos rock. Yes, I know this gig was about the returning variants from 64-7 but I just had to, ya know? A 59 is on my “keeper” list and I’m always looking for the right one. Some day, soon, I hope…

#9

I have two El Caminos, a 71 GMC Sprint SP454 and a 72 SS454. Nothing like a muscle car that hauls ass and can haul all your swap meet treasures.

#10

My Dad bought a new 1965 El Camino and after he passed away in 1978, my Mom gave it to me. I drove the car for years as stock but in 2010, decided to semi-restore it. Painted it 1998 Bright Teal, base coat/clear Coat, changed interior to bucket seats and all black reproduction seats, door panels, headliner, etc.
Installed a new GM long block crate motor, added front disc power assist brakes, power steering and really enjoy the car. Probably should change the 3-speed column to automatic but since it’s just a fun car, decided it’s fine.

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#11

My 1967 El Camino is well set up and will outhandle my BMW and it has a better ride. When these vehicles are done right, you can’t find a more pleasurable drive. Grab one while they’re still affordable.
Route 66 is next.

#12

Beautiful El Camino. Please dont turn it into an automatic. If anything, put a 4 speed in it
Never let that beauty go.