If you're unhappy with your Chevelle's lack of trunk space, allow us to suggest an alternative: this awesome Rally Red 1971 El Camino, complete with a 454 cubic inch big block under the hood, a 4-speed between the seats, and lots of options. Styling was a high-water mark for the 1971 A-bodies and many find them to be the most attractive of all. With a high-quality restoration that looks and drives extremely well, this El Camino belongs at the top of your shopping list if you're looking for fast yet practical fun.
Looking extremely handsome in bright Rally Red with white SS stripes, this El Camino was repainted not too long ago and it's holding up very well. Thanks to an exceptional frame-off restoration in 1989 and great care by a hobbyist, its working days are over, so shining up the paint on a Saturday afternoon is routine. Panel gaps are very good considering that this is half truck, and the fully functional cowl induction hood gives it an aggressive look. White SS stripes were added, along with appropriate SS badges in all the correct locations, completing the transformation. All the chrome and stainless, including the bed rails around the pickup bed, is in very good condition with few signs of hard labor behind it. The white vinyl top makes it look dressed up and aside from some checking on the hood, you'd never know this restoration is 30 years old. Looking in the bed, you can see just how clean and well-maintained this car really is.
The beautiful white interior is as nice as the body, with a pair of buckets flanking a center console and Hurst 4-speed shifter. Accurate door panels and new red carpets and headliner were installed at the same time and give the interior a sporty vibe; from behind the wheel, you can't tell it's not a Chevelle. The options list is extensive, including the aforementioned console, power windows (including vent windows!), power locks, tilt wheel, and factory A/C, which is all-new but has never been charged. The dash is impressive, with functional gauges and a beautiful dash pad, and in the spirit of performance, there's a fully array of dials including a rare factory tach. The stereo has been upgraded to an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit that fits well and they didn't hack up the dash.
The engine is a stout LS4 454 cubic inch V8, rebuilt to LS6 specs and dressed for duty in the El Camino. With finned valve covers, factory cowl induction air cleaner, and original style exhaust manifolds, it could almost pass for an OEM installation. However, under the air cleaner lives an Edelbrock intake manifold, Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, upgraded cam, 10.5:1 compression pistons, and an HEI ignition system. A dual exhaust system gives it a fantastic big block bark, and the slick-shifting 4-speed manual transmission doesn't mind the occasional hard shift in the heat of combat. A heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end with an upgraded cover doesn't mind the horsepower one bit and the brakes were recently upgraded to 4-wheel discs. It rolls on a set of handsome 15-inch SS wheels wearing 235/60/15 white-letter radials.
Look at the photos again. This is a clean, solid El Camino with big block power and a great paint job. For a fun, big block muscle car with enough practicality to work for a living, you could hardly do better than this great-looking '71 El Camino. Call today!