Chevrolet produced the half car, half truck El Camino in five generations between 1959 and 1987. While Chevrolet based the first generation on its full-size Brookwoods two-door wagon chassis, the next three iterations from ’64 through ’77 relied on the mid-size Chevelle wagon.
Chevrolet introduced a new, downsized El Camino in 1978, adopting the new, more sharp-edged Malibu styling, While the new El Camino shared front end sheet metal, doors, tailgate, and rear bumper with the Malibu station wagon, the chassis was a unique design shared with no other Chevrolet.
In 1982, Chevrolet restyled the El Camino’s front end with a new crosshatch grill and quad square headlights. Gasoline-engine choices were unchanged, except Chevrolet’s 229-cubic-inch (3.8-liter) V6 was now standard in California-bound cars, replacing Buick’s 231-cubic-inch V6.In 1983, the 4.4-liter V8 was gone, leaving the 5.0-liter version as the only optional gas V8. The standard engine was again Chevrolet’s 3.8-liter V6 with 110 hp. For the 1985 model year, GM quietly shifted production to Mexico. In the late ’80s, GM geared up to replaced its aging rear-wheel-drive G-Body coupes (Monte Carlo, Cutlass, Grand Prix, and Regal) with a new front-wheel-drive platform for 1988. Consequently, GM elected to stop production of the El Camino in 1987.
The seller of the Silver over Grey Velour example claims this 2,567-mile example in the top-level Conquista trim has never seen rain! He also claims that this “time capsule” came fully equipped with the optional 5.0L V8 mated to an automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power steering, power brakes, tinted windows, interval wipers, sport mirrors, cruise control, gauge package, Rally wheels, sport suspension, and AM/FM stereo cassette radio. With less than three thousand miles on the clock, this pretty El Camino looks new and likely drives the same way. The only modification we note is the police-style spot lamps mounted through the car’s A-pillars; we’re fairly certain this was not a factory option but we’d sure like to know the story of why these are installed!