Like the best of anything, a great car restoration is a marvel to behold. Craftsmanship, combined with patience, dedication, and focus can yield a result that is a joy to experience. That is the case with this 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS.
Finished in Fathom Blue, the luster of this Chevrolet El Camino is far beyond what it was when factory fresh. The time devoted to exacting prep and execution must have been considerable. It is glossy in a fashion that can only be the result of master craftsmanship. All the chrome is new, and flawless. Stainless trim is also all new. Panel gaps are exceedingly consistent, square, and flush, with better-than-new fit. This is particularly true where the front fenders meet the headlight surrounds, typically not great on this year El Camino.
Speaking of the headlights, correct T-3s have been fitted. The doors and tailgate all open and close with ease. The finish in the bed is every bit the measure of the rest of the body. Tailgate latches, cables and hardware are all new. The SS wheels have been restored and wear Goodyear Polyglas bias-ply tires (even the full size spare is a new Goodyear). The exterior is a delight to inspect, as everything is just so right.
Housed in the spotless engine bay of this Chevrolet El Camino is the matching-number 396 cubic-inch Big Block V8. Backing the potent engine is the matching-number Muncie M-20 four-speed manual transmission. Every component is as it should be. Factory markings have been replicated as they would have appeared from the factory. All the finishes are correct.
Everything is claimed to be functional. The cowl induction hood operates as it should. The rubber seal that mates the cowl induction to the air cleaner is still pliable, uncrushed as they inevitably will become with age. The battery is a reproduction Delco. Correct GM hoses and clamps have been used. This Chevrolet El Camino is equipped with power steering, power brakes with front discs, and Frigidaire air conditioning that has been converted to R134.
The interior of this Chevrolet El Camino has received the same exacting attention as the exterior. Carpet, headliner, door panels, armrests, and visors are all new. The seats have been rebuilt and recovered. The dashboard is showroom fresh, and everything functions as intended. It is heavily optioned with AM-FM radio, power windows, remote mirror, tilt wheels, bucket seats, factory gauges, and console. The radio and clock both work as they should. The full-size spare (on an SS wheel) with cover is behind the passenger seat, as are the jack and lug wrench.
The undercarriage of this Chevrolet El Camino is as spotless as the top. It was shot with the original-style red oxide primer, but then coated in clear to preserve it. As in the engine bay, the undercarriage has had the assembly line markings and stickers reapplied. This was a body-off rotisserie restoration. Everything was stripped, painted, and reassembled with great care. All consumable parts have been replaced, including suspension components. A full factory exhaust, fuel system, and driveshaft are all new.
This Chevrolet El Camino comes with extensive documentation, Protect-O-Plate, and the original title. It has covered a scant 54 miles since the restoration was completed. It may be the best El Camino for sale today, and you can find it here at Volo Auto Museum.