UTE With Upside: 1984 Chevrolet El Camino – $4,000

Nov 2019 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Despite not having much power versus previous generations, we’ve always liked the size and styling of the Chevrolet’s fifth and final El Camino such as this V8-equipped example listed over the weekend here on Craigslist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The private seller currently wants $4,000 and a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the price is $1,400 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $5,400. If you are serious about buying this El Camino, you can start the conversation by e-mailing the seller here.

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.

We like this example for two reasons.  First, having spent most of its life in Texas this example has what the seller describes as surface rust only underneath.  Second, having a V8 from the factory opens up the possibility for an engine swap without having to upgrade the suspension first.  We agree with the current caretaker the interior needs work.  Unfortunately, the color choice of the new carpet he installed is not a match in our opinion.  While the dashboard pad will need to be replaced, luckily there are several manufacturers currently providing replacements.  Overall, this appears to be a useable El Camino you can drive while you upgrade the interior and if desired, would make a great candidate for an LS Swap.  Whatever you decide to do, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1984 Chevy El Camino – Base Model
122,000 Miles
Original 305 V8 small block
Holley 650CFM carb.
Original 3 speed automatic transmission.

Body is in very good condition, frame is solid with only some surface rust. It is originally from Texas so spent most of its life avoiding the rough winters up here. Was garage kept once it was moved up here.

Interior needs a little bit of work. The carpet was replaced to clean it up a bit, but could still use some work.

Needs inspection. I had it looked at, it needs ball joints, rear brakes, some other minor things.
Only reason I am selling is because I am moving to Texas soon and cannot take it with me. It is a generally good car and with a little work could be a great daily driver.

Do you have a El Camino story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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