'72 ELKY WITH '70 CLIP, BIG BLOCK 402 W/427 HEADS, DUALS, PWR FRNT DISCS/STEER!!
When I was a kid, I called Chevy's cool El Camino the "truck-car," because even my 4-year-old eyes knew it was way cool. This 1972 El Camino is like a Chevelle with a bed, and it's great news for muscle car fans because it puts you behind the wheel of one of GM's great machines with a trunk that'll carry anything you can buy at Home Depot.
With so many of these being work trucks when they were new, finding a clean, straight, unabused example like this is no easy task. It wears shiny black paint that looks great, especially when combined with white SS stripes on a cowl-induction hood. Most folks will note that this one wears a 1970 front clip, combining the most desirable year with an affordable price tag, and most folks will never know the difference. The work was finished not too long ago, and you definitely won't need to make excuses at the next cruise night where everyone will be digging the fantastic look. Those massive rear quarters are not so easy to get lined up and flat, so you know someone really cared about this Elky while it was being resurrected. SS badges suggest more performance than utility is under this truck's skin and the hood pins and cowl induction hood spell performance in any language. Note that the bed has nicely been finished and carries a spray-in bedliner that means you can carry just about anything without worrying about banging it up.
Bucket seats and a console makes the El Camino as sporty as its Chevelle sibling and every bit as fun to drive. The seat covers are correct and show only very minor signs of use, and the other soft parts were likely replaced at the same time. Nicely detailed, the dash is nicely presented with original gauges, including a factory tachometer and clock, both nice finds in an Elky. This one comes complete with a tilt column, AM/FM stereo in the dash, and that awesome horseshoe shifter for the TH400 3-speed automatic transmission underneath. The door panels are standard black, but I like the vent windows, which do a fine job of funneling air into the passenger compartment and they're sorely missed on today's cars. In addition, the headliner, carpet, dash pad, and window weather stripping are all in great shape, so it feels like a new car inside with a notable lack of major squeaks and rattles.
The engine is a rebuilt 402 cubic inch big block (which GM still called a 396 for some reason), and fitted with a few hot-rod parts like Corvette 427/390 heads, an upgraded cam, Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, HEI ignition, and a set of long-tube headers. Dress-up is limited to a chrome open-element air cleaner and valve covers, but it runs well and pulls the relatively lightweight Elky around with a real authority. The chassis is solid, the floors are clean, and the Flowmaster-style exhaust system sounds great. It's cool to see the Chevelle's coil springs under a pickup truck, but they endow the El Camino with wonderful road manners and a pleasant ride, and all the upgrades available for Chevelles are virtual bolt-ons. Finally, a set of classic Weld aluminum wheels wears a set of staggered 205/65/15 front and 295/50/15 performance radials.
Old or young, El Caminos are just plain cool. Performance, style, comfort and plenty of practicality make them as popular today as when they were new. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Tilt Wheel
- AM/FM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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