During the final generation of the Chevrolet El Camino nameplate (1978 to 1987), Chevy decided to unveil a unique cosmetic package for the car/truck hybrid dubbed the Black Knight. Unfortunately, GM was promptly sued over copyright issues, so the special edition vehicle was subsequently renamed Royal Knight, and now, a pristine example is up for sale on Bring a Trailer.
The Chevrolet El Camino Royal Knight came decked out with a number of styling upgrades, including decals added to the fenders and hood, with two huge winged dragons for the latter and Olde English lettering for the former. To modern eyes, it’s a strange aesthetic, but that’s part of the charm.
The Chevrolet El Camino Royal also boasts a fresh fascia and black grille, plus pin striping, sport mirrors, and black rear window moldings. This particular example comes with rally wheels wrapped in new Primewell Sport PS860 tires.
The cabin space is finished in a searing shade of red, and comes complete with Royal Knight floor mats. The dash is fitted with a full spread of rounded gauges, including an 80-mph speedometer, a tachometer, and several other gauges to keep tabs on the engine vitals. There’s also a Delco AM/FM radio, power windows, and air conditioning too.
Mechanically speaking, this 1979 Chevrolet El Camino was equipped with a 267 cubic-inch V8 engine, which comes topped by a two-barrel carburetor and is rated at 120 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. Output is sent rearwards through a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission. Just 64,000 miles read on the odometer.
As of this writing, the current bid for this 1979 Chevrolet El Camino Royal Knight sits at $7,800, with less than four days left before the auction ends Tuesday, October 8th at 1:35 PM. Considering the condition, odds are it’ll see a healthy bump in price over the weekend.
All told, this thing is a bit unusual and definitely quite interesting. Maybe Chevy should consider additional special edition models with dragons on the hood?
Source: Bring a Trailer