Straight Six: 1965 Chevrolet El Camino – NOW $25,000

by | Jun 2022 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

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June 24, 2022 Update – We noticed the private seller just reduced their asking price by three thousand dollars from $28,000 to $25,000.

Historically, the Chevrolet El Camino has been a very polarizing classic car. Enthusiasts either love or loathe them and even among fans of the brand, there are many who like one generation over another.  Most of the Chevelle-based Utes found their way into the hands of enthusiasts who swapped in more powerful V8s and bucket seats for a more practical street machine. Bucking that typical trend is this nicely restored and highly detailed 1965 Chevrolet El Camino currently listed here on Craigslist in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). The seller reports that his restored El Camino is an unmolested and rust-free 50K-mile example complete with its original PROTECT-O-PLATE and warranty book along with its factory-installed 230 cubic inch line-six connected to a three-on-the-tree column-shifted manual transmission. The private seller takes the liberty of calling his El Camino “original” when it really should be labeled as a numbers-matching restored example.

Currently offered for $25,000 (the original ask was $28,000), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly above the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for 1965 Chevrolet El Caminos sold in the past rolling twelve months.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $25,700 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $35,200.

After a four-year model hiatus and seeing Ford’s success with a Falcon-based Ranchero, in 1964 Chevrolet reintroduced an all-new, mid-size El Camino based on the new Chevelle. The 1964 El Camino relied on the Chevelle’s two-door wagon architecture forward of the B-pillars and carried both “Chevelle” and “El Camino” badges. Unlike the Chevelle however, Chevrolet initially marketed its new El Camino as a utility model.

Initial engine offerings included six-cylinder engines of 194 and 230 cubic inches with horsepower ratings of 120 and 155 horsepower, respectively. The standard V8 was a 283 cubic-inch Chevrolet small block with two-barrel carburetor and 195 horsepower with optional engines including a 220 horsepower 283 with a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts. Added to the El Camino’s options list during the course of the 1964 model year were two versions of the 327 cubic-inch small-block V8 rated at 250 and 300 horsepower —the latter featuring a higher compression ratio of 10.5:1, larger four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts. Early second-generation El Caminos also featured air shocks in the rear, as well as fully boxed frames.

The 1965 El Camino received the same facelift as the 1965 Chevelle, with a more pronounced V-shaped front end, and a higher performance L79 version of the 327 engine rated at 350 horsepower that was also available in Chevelles. Most of the other engines were carried over from 1964, including the 194 and 230 cubic-inch Turbo Thrift sixes, the 195 horsepower 283 cubic-inch Turbo-Fire V8 and 327 cubic-inch Turbo-Fire V8s of 250 and 300 horsepower.

The Fast Muscle Car YouTube Channel features this 1966 vintage commercial comparing the Chrveolrt El Camino to the Ford Falcon:

The coolest feature of this 1965 Chevrolet El Camino for sale is the fact that all of the previous owners avoided the urge to swap out the original 230 cubic inch inline-six and three-on-the-tree manual for a more powerful V8 combination.  This is a highly detailed, entry-level example that simply looks great. About the only thing we would do is make sure the wood in the bed isn’t hiding any serious damage.  That’s highly unlikely, but in our humble opinion, it detracts from the rest of the look of this otherwise stock 1965 El Camino.

If you are serious about buying this El Camino, you can start the conversation by calling Don at (610) 273-3669.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw his vintage UTE featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“BEAUTIFUL,,, 50,000 orig miles HAS ORIG PROTECTO PLATE & BOOK , no rust , all orig, straight panels ,underneath, floors, rockers ,quarters are like brand new, never been hit, doors & tail gate open &; close like new ,all nice orig glass, Stainless & Chrome in ex cond., all new hoses &; belt &; fuel, all gauges work, ,runs drives &; stops as new,, 230 ci 6 with 3 speed on column with manual brakes &; easy steering one orig color
re paint [ taheition turquoise ] with rare [aqua] interior, things i have replaced,,,,,2 plug in engine compartment wiring harness ,whole rear wiring harness ,all new tune up ,new voltage regulator ,horn relay ,new water pump ,flushed & tested radiator ,orig rebuilt starter & alternator new thermostat ,new plug wires, plugs points rotor, new trans mount, installed water gauge runs at 170 degrees, all new shocks ,sway bar bushings,&;; links, runs great ,as new ,also replaced door panels ,plastic rollers ,new rugs &; sound deadner,i have all old really nice parts i replaced, all new alum, wheel well &; rocker mouldings, door rubber &; window fuzzy, new steel radials,&;; wire wheel hubcaps, also all new brake lines front to back, new master cyd,4 new wheel cyds, please see pictures its a really beautiful survivor ,replated orig bumpers at one point, also high end Kenwood cd stereo ststem ,,,,,,, theres to much to list you can drive this car across country no problem &; it gets 21 mpg. please call Don with questions

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1965 Chevrolet El Camino?  Please comment below and let us know!

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