You can drive, cruise, speed, and meander to Margaritaville with ease, wastin’ away, searchin’ for that lost shaker of salt, in this 1972 Chevrolet El Camino once owned by the man himself, Jimmy Buffett. The El Camino will roll across the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Palm Beach, Florida taking place April 11-12.
Buffett does not currently own the car, but the ad is leaning heavily on his past ownership to drum up excitement for the classic car/pickup truck. While it looks to be in immaculate condition, the Chevrolet El Camino is not all original. Under the hood is a 350-cubic-inch V8 crate engine paired with a four-barrel Edelbrock carburetor and a three-speed automatic transmission. In 2013, the owner fully resorted the engine and drivetrain – and has the receipts to show for it, too.
Features include power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, AM/FM JVC radio, and subwoofers behind the front seats, according to the Barrett-Jackson listing. The bed shows no dings or damage with additional protection thanks to a brand-new spray-in bedliner. The two-tone red-and-black exterior looks retro-ready, and the cowl hood and stripes complete the car’s look.
It’s unclear how much a premium Jimmy Buffett’s pedigree adds to a car’s value, and Barrett-Jackson doesn’t provide auction estimates. A quick internet search returns a wide range of prices for 1972 Chevrolet El Caminos, ranging from $7,000 to $40,000. However, many examples fall in the mid-$20,000 range.
Some would take particular pleasure in owning Buffett’s 1972 Chevrolet El Camino. It’s so distinctly American, that it’d seem almost a requirement to drive it to some beachside getaway, cue up a few margaritas, kick back and relax. It borderlines on being mandatory, really, and anything less than unbridled fun and relaxation would require a fat ticket from the Fun Police. And you’d disappoint Buffett… which is just wrong.