1982 Chevy El Camino: In the history of the automotive world, no car has evoked the existential stoicism of the El Camino. Is it a truck, or is it a car? The El Camino was a direct challenge Ford’s Ranchero, a utility coupe dominating a previously untapped market. GM flirted with coupe-type trucks such as the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier and the GMC Suburban Carrier in 1955, but they went all-in with the El Camino for the 1959 model year. The El Camino was built on a modified Brookwood station wagon platform. The first generation didn’t last long. It could have been the new flamboyant wings of full-sized Chevys or perhaps the Ranchero’s hefty stake in the market, but after just 2 years and 36,409 El Caminos produced, Chevy dropped the ax on the model. The fifth and final generation saw a smaller, sleeker El Camino with sharper styling and a single headlight design. V6 engines were available for the first time, and from 1982 through 1984, diesel engines sourced from Oldsmobile were also an option. After the 1984 model year, El Camino production was moved to Mexico, and in 1987, the El Camino was discontinued thanks to outstanding sales of the Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Chevrolet debuted an El Camino concept in 1995 based on the full-size Caprice station wagon, but production was cancelled thanks to the rise of the SUV. All we can do now is wait patiently for a possible future with an El Camino, and ponder the all-important question: Is it a car, or a truck? If you asked Chevy, they’d tell you it’s whatever you want it to be.
The El Camino is the perfect car (or truck) for all occasions and this particular El Camino is as perfect of an example as they come. This vehicle was owned by an elderly couple from new until late 2015. It was then willed from their estate to her neighbors and close friends. This 2nd owner really had little need for the vehicle and drove it only a few thousands miles. So, while it is pretty much a 1 owner vehicle is has had 2 names in the title history. The vehicle has seen only 56k miles of asphalt and is in outstanding condition. It received a complete repaint in the original Sandstone in 2014 and shows extremely well. This was truly a pampered vehicle that was never smoked in, serviced regularly and always garage kept. The original, untouched, spare tire is still hidden behind the seat and the bed has never been used! Original Owners Manual and the factory Built Sheet accompany this sale. Additional features and options include, V8 Engine, Auto, RWD, Factory A/C, Power Steering & Brakes, Tilt Steering, Tinted Glass, AM/FM/CD, Chrome Bumpers, Chrome Bed Rails, Full Spare, 14″ Factory Rally Wheels, and Thick Cooper White Wall Tires!