This rare to find “One year only with Quad headlights” 1970 El Camino is in great condition having benefited lately from an all over refresh by its current owner
Purchased as a bit of something to do during lockdown, its owner set about sorting lots of niggly bits, all the electrics were a bit “sketchy” and now everything works. This is an AC equipped car, the heater motor works but the AC doesn’t. It all appears to be present so may be able to be reconditioned and got working, he has not tried.
Under the bonnet is Chevrolet’ 350 cube V8 , only available in the El Camino the previous year, its fitted with Mallory Ignition, a 4 barrel Holley, Hooker exhaust headers and all that flows through a nice sounding larger bore exhaust, not over loud but gives that unmistakable V8 rumble. The engine bay itself is clean, tidy and corrosion free.
Tyres are new all round, Cooper Cobra GTs 235/60 15s on the front and 245/60 15s on the rear, these are fitted to a set of period looking Appliance rims that have been polished. Suspension has had a set of slightly lower Summit springs fitted all round, along with adjustable rear air shocks, so if you want to use this truck as it was designed to be used and load it up, you can adjust the ride height at the back.
Body work is very straight and apart from a couple of minor “dints” remarkably straight especially for a very shiny black car of this length! The subtle stripe on the bonnet is vinyl and the owner does have enough left over to do the roof and tail gate if you wanted to, ironically that would cover the most obvious “dint” (not big enough to be a dent 🙂 ) that is the one on the roof. The load bay has been freshly coated and is very solid. Front bumper is good on the chrome, rear not quite so, still presentable and not an eyesore but beginning to show its age where the chrome is concerned.
Interior has nice cloth/vinyl seats in good order and new carpets on the floor along with re-trimmed sun visors and good door panels. The dash has at some point been fitted with what looks to be a hand stitched leather (possibly) cover. A valiant attempt has been made but it just missed the boat in places and again while fine for a daily you would want to redo it if you were to want a show car.
On the road it behaves well and drives very nicely, it is only for sale now as the owner wanted to take it to Brands Hatch last weekend for the American SpeedFest meeting, it sat in all that traffic through Dartford tunnel and queuing up to get in to Brands, no bother, good oil pressure, no over heating and an enjoyable drive once back on the open roads.
With the car is a file of old invoices etc plus an owners manual and some other bits and pieces.
So no not mint but very good and as such would make a great every day driver, one to be proud of or with a bit effort, taken to the next level and lets face it its not £30K either like some advertised!! 😉