If you're unhappy with the Chevelle's lack of trunk space, allow us to suggest an alternative: this awesome Ascot Blue 1971 El Camino SS, complete with a 454 cubic inch big block under the hood, a 4-speed in front of the bench seat, and a few very choice 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 dark Ascot Blue with black SS stripes, this El Camino was repainted to a great driver-grade quality and it's holding up very well. Thanks to a thorough restoration not long ago and great care by a hobbyist ever since, 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 must-have cowl induction hood gives it an aggressive look. Black SS stripes were added, along with appropriate SS badges in all the correct locations, completing the transformation. All the chrome and stainless, including the intricate trim around the pickup bed, is in very good condition with few signs of hard labor behind it. The black vinyl top makes it look dressed up and aside from a few minor signs of use here and there, this Elky is absolutely dialed-in and ready to be shown off. Looking in the bed, you can see just how clean and well-maintained this car really is, and it's been finished with a spray-in bedliner for ultimate protection for years to come.
The beautiful black vinyl interior is as nice as the body, with a comfortable bench nestled snugly in the cabin and a Hurst 4-speed shifter jutting from the floorboard just ahead, beckoning the driver to slam some gears and lay some rubber. Accurate door panels and plush black 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 SS. The options list is just what the doctor ordered, including power four-wheel disc brakes and power steering, features that any driver with a sense for the road is greatly appreciative of. The dash is impressive, with functional gauges and a beautiful dash pad, and in the spirit of performance, auxiliary gauges under the dash monitor the engines vitals. The stereo has been upgraded to an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit that fits well and they didn't hack up the dash to install it. Simple and refined, this Elky's cab is a very comfortable place to be.
The engine is a stout 454 cubic inch V8, with plenty of big block pop and it's dressed for duty in the El Camino's clean engine bay. With chrome valve covers, a chrome open-element air cleaner, and original style exhaust manifolds, it's close to an OEM installation with just a dash of modern flash. Under the air cleaner lives an Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and an HEI ignition system. An X-pipe dual exhaust system with Magnaflow mufflers 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 doesn't mind the horsepower one bit and the brakes were very smartly upgraded to power 4-wheel discs. It rolls on a set of chrome 17-inch American Racing Torque Thrust wheels wearing 245/45/17 performance radials all around.
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 Elky. Call today!