Everyone knows about the El Camino, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that GMC also had their own version of the car-based pickup. Starting with the 1971 GMC Sprint, it was even available in a version like the SS called “SP.” In 1978, during the redesign of GM’s A-body, the Sprint became the Caballero and lasted through 1987 when GM put the Malibu and its pickup truck variants to rest. This 1986 Caballero on eBay is very similar to the Caballero’s swan song.
The Chevrolet El Camino was GM’s response to Ford’s Ranchero. It came to life in 1959, continued through 1960, then Chevrolet decided to give the market back to Ford. By that time, Ford transferred the Ranchero to the Falcon platform. Starting in 1964 with the debut of the Chevelle, the El Camino was revived and continued being America’s only mid-sized pickup until the Ranchero became based on the Fairlane/Torino in 1968. When Ford discontinued the Ranchero after 1979, the car-based pickup was Chevrolet’s once again.
Starting in 1978, GMC had a trim package called the Laredo, which mainly consisted of two-tone paint. This package was renamed Amarillo in 1981 and continued through 1987.
This Florida-based 1986 Caballero Amarillo is powered by a 305 V8 motor and automatic transmission. Special options include power door locks, power windows, air conditioning, and tilt steering. If the 94,000 miles are well-maintained, you’ll have plenty of miles ahead of you; if it’s beginning to show signs of mistreatment, it’s the perfect time to drop in a 400 small-block and go beat up on WRXs–all for $7,195.