1971 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396ciSOLD

1971 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396ci Pick up

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The first Chevrolet El Camino was produced in 1959 two years after the Ford Ranchero's introduction. Like the Ranchero, it was based on an existing and modified chassis. In 1960 Chevrolet discontinued this model due to falling sales. Chevrolet re-introduced the El Camino four years later based on the Chevrolet Chevelle. The 1964 model was identical to the Chevelle forward of the B-pillars, but Chevrolet marketed the El Camino as a utility model and Chevelle's most powerful engines were not available. In 1965 El Camino received an attractive facelift and also saw the availability of a higher performance version of the 327ci engine rated at 350hp. 1966 brought added a 396ci, 6.5 litre, V8 engine to the lineup rated from 325hp to 375hp. In 1968, the third generation, longer El Camino was introduced, based on the Chevelle station wagon wheelbase and shared Chevelle Malibu exterior and interior trims. The interior was revamped including cloth and vinyl or all-vinyl bench seats and deep twist carpeting. All-vinyl Strato bucket seats and center console were a $111 option. A new, high performance Super Sport SS396 version was then launched. The Turbo-Jet 396 had 325bhp or 350bhp versions. Returning to the official options list for the first time since late 1966 was the 375bhp V8 engine. It had solid lifters, big-port heads, and an 800-cfm Holley four-barrel on a low-rise aluminum manifold. The 1970 models received body revisions that gave the El Camino a more squared-up stance, and interiors were also redesigned. Also in 1970 saw the availability of a new SS396 which actually displaced 402ci, although all emblems remained the same reading 396. The 1971 El Camino got fresh front-end styling that included large Power-Beam single-unit headlights, a re-worked grille and bumper, and integral side lights.

Reference Number 132078

as of 7/6/2011

Car 1971 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396ci
VIN 136801B124715 
Exterior / Interior Color      Yellow /      Black 
Registration TBK291J 
Mileage 19,000 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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Known History

This fully restored 1971 El Camino SS 396 is finished in yellow with broad black strips to the bonnet. Fitted with the rare bucket seat option and trimmed in black, other factory options fitted include automatic transmission, trimmed dash board, door panels and cowl induction hood. When this 396 was restored, the engine was replaced with the more powerful 1967 396 350hp engine with a new Holly double pumper carburetor. The chambered exhaust gives a great V8 sound and some additional nice touches are the air shock absorbers and the custom ‘deep dish’ Crager Magnesium wheels. The unusual and striking example is supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until November 2011.