A few years ago, in the wake of the theft of my 1985 4Runner (a story for another day) I seriously considered purchasing an El Camino. Aside from the inherent awesomeness, it actually made sense at the time; gas was cheap and I was hauling a bunch of waterski gear around. I ended up buying an ’87 4Runner, which was subsequently stolen 13 months later. The second 4Runner was a great ride, but I kinda always view the ElCo as The One That Got Away.
Alas, with Junior on the way, -aminos, -cheros and -pages were disallowed due to the lack of a back seat. Were that not the case, I’d be all over this ’64.
Apparently I’m on a small-smallblock kick these days: 260ci in my Falcon and now a 283 in this El Camino. Huh? Keep in mind, at the time, the ElCo filled the light-duty hauler role that countless PT Cruisers, HHRs or xBs do today. It was only in post-script that they became the Mulletmobile of yore. As such, the low-spec 283ci is totally in-character (provided it exhales through the cheapest glasspacks pizza delivery money can buy).
Backing up the pittance of cubes is a proper row-your-own Muncie 4-speed. Our subject appears to be riding on appropriately sized powder-coated black steelies, with a load of slot-mags in the bed. The seller claims 29k miles, but we’d probably guess the missing 6th digit is a “1”.
Basic stats aside, the ensemble presented has an undeniable rightness to it. There’s more honesty in that patina than a stake of Abes a mile high.
Source: eBay Motors