You may not be familiar with the 1983 El Camino SS, it’s certainly not a car you come across every day. Chevrolet originally launched the El Camino in 1959 as the response to the Ford Ranchero Pickup. Yes, you read that right. This car is a car-pickup combo. Here’s a picture of the first generation El Camino:
It’s not a great sight really is it?
The original El Camino
The production only lasted for two years before Chevy thought about making some drastic changes and restarted production in 1964. By the time 1983 came round, the El Camino was on its fifth generation, and that’s what we have here.
For a car-pickup cross breed I think it looks pretty good and is definitely an unusual car in a world crowded with American muscles.
The more modern 1983 El Camino SS
So by ’83 the El Camino had gone through number of changes, including alterations to its body work and the new engine change which saw the 4.4 liter V8 replaced with a 3.8 liter V6 with 110 horsepower.
It’s safe to say though that under the hood of this car is a completely different ball game. Some of its upgrades include a ’86 454 4 bolt main, .60 over to 468, II to I compression, 1.6 roller rockers, MDS 6AL ignition and Flowmaster 40 series mufflers.
But it’s not all about what you can get into the engine, appearance plays a small part in it too. I love the hugger orange stripes this 1983 El Camino SS has and let’s face it, you can’t deny this car has been well looked after!
What are your thoughts on the El Camino? Do you like the whole car-pickup combo or does it have to be one or the other? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below.