Rare 1966 El Camino: A Muscle Truck Revived to Perfection

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Rare 1966 El Camino
Rare 1966 El Camino

The opportunity to own a legendary big block Chevy El Camino is rare these days, particularly with the current state of the economy. However, dreaming is still free, so let’s indulge in fantasies about a pristine, numbers-matching 1966 El Camino that’s so visually stunning it’s almost edible.

There’s some debate over whether the El Camino is truly a muscle car with a truck bed, but the specifications speak for themselves. A comprehensive frame-off restoration involved dismantling the vehicle, refurbishing its components to like-new condition, and reassembling it with some improvements along the way.

Beneath the glossy, candy apple red hood rests a numbers-matching L35 396-cubic-inch (6.5-liter) V8 engine. At idle, it purrs appealingly and takes your breath away when you step on the gas. Originally, this powerhouse delivered between 325 and 375 horsepower.

Rare 1966 El Camino
Rare 1966 El Camino (Credit: Vanguard Motor Sales)

The significant big block upgrade was introduced with the ’66 model, while earlier models featured a smaller 283-cubic-inch (4.6-liter) engine producing just 195 hp. Fortunately, the 327-ci (5.4-liter) V8 was also available, potentially pushing out up to 350 hp. The engine in this particular El Camino is rated at 325 hp, which is impressive, though not earth-shattering. For those seeking even more grunt, the 454-ci LS6 engine from the ’70s would be the go-to choice.

Let’s focus on the essentials: those 325 horses are delivered to the rear wheels through a refined 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission paired with a 12-bolt rear end featuring 3.36:1 Posi gears.

This muscle vehicle is outfitted with essential gadgets such as power steering, power brakes with front discs, Holley Sniper EFI, an original air-conditioning system with factory controls, a mechanical fan, Cragar wheels, BF Goodrich Radial TA Tires, a dual exhaust system, and chrome valve covers.

The seller, asserting direct ownership, guarantees the highest quality. They emphasize that expert inspectors meticulously review each vehicle before it’s deemed ready for sale. That’s why they’ve set the price at no less than $99,900, with potential financing options of $835 per month after a 20% down payment over 120 months.

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