Just posted over the weekend is this 1987 Chevrolet El Camino V6 we found here on Craigslist here in Bangor, Pennsylvania where the owner of the past 22 years has it listed for $3,200. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the private seller has his El Camino priced $3,000 less than the #4 “Fair” level of $6,900 less ten percent for having the V6.
Chevrolet produced the half car, half truck El Camino in five generations between 1959 and 1987. 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. For the 1985 model year, GM quietly shifted production to Mexico. In the late 80’s, GM geared up to replace 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 private seller of this El Camino describes it as a very original unmolested car with 126K original miles he’s owned for the past 22 years that “runs great and you can drive anywhere.” His El Camino comes equipped with the 4.3L fuel injected V6 connected to a three speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, the original AM/FM radio, and air conditioning.
The seller reports that while his El Camino has a nice original interior, the car has some rust however from the pictures provided we can’t see any, so you’ll need to confirm exactly where its located and how bad it is. The floors tend to rust in these cars, so that’s the first place to look.
If the rust the private seller mentions is minor and limited to the body, this El Camino could represent an excellent value for the right buyer. With GM’s Australian Holden division now closed, any hopes of seeing a return of the UTE to the U.S. are highly unlikely, so this will be a nice alternative to driving a traditional pickup if your needs are light duty in nature. Good luck with the purchase!