1972 Chevrolet

El Camino SS Tribute $24,995

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We've made the case for the practical and stylish El Camino here before, and with this bright yellow 1972 Chevrolet El Camino SS Tribute, it remains as true as ever. There's a strong-running 350 V8 crate motor under the hood, a bright paint job that accentuates the car's classic styling, and honestly, if you can find a muscle car (or truck for that matter) at this price point more versatile than this one, you should probably buy it.

Dressed in classic glowing yellow paint with black stripes, this is the archetypal Elky, and personally, the '72s are my favorite with their single headlamps and single piece side-mounted parking lights. Finished several years ago, the yellow finish is average driver quality – meaning it looks great going down the road but likely won't be bringing home too many blue ribbons in its current state. That's perfectly fine for us, Elkys were built to be driven and enjoyed, not shown and put away, and despite some of the imperfections that can be seen up close on this car/truck, this is still a very good-looking hauler. And with black LeMans stripes, a black lower-body, black tailgate panel, and that cool black tonneau bed cover, the yellow paint is perfectly contrasted and doesn't dominate into full Big Bird mode. The bodywork is solid, and it still has a shine that'll make you want to get your detailing kit out on weekends to restore some former glory. The doors fit well, and the tailgate is in good shape with none of the rust or dings that typically show up on these cars no matter how well-maintained they are. Bumpers, both front and rear, appear to be reproduction items or even very nice originals, and all the stainless trim is all in fairly good condition as well. The blacked-out SS-style grille, a cowl induction hood and hood pins, and all the subsequent SS badging suggest performance is on tap, and they're not lying. The bed makes this a practical piece of muscle, and thanks to a black spray-in bedliner (complete with yellow Bowtie badges), that means you shouldn't be afraid to put it to work now and then. I promise it won't mind!

This El Camino carries a gorgeous black interior, which uses a split-back bench seat to permit three-abreast seating. Most of the interior appears new, including the luxurious yellow-stitched vinyl on the seats and dash, the matching black door panels, headliner, and the plush black carpets on the floor, all of which are very close to correct reproductions. A bench seat is probably a smart choice in an Elky, just to maximize passenger capacity, and the column shifter means nobody's uncomfortable. The standard gauge cluster is little more than a speedometer and fuel gauge plus some idiot lights, so it's been augmented with a duo of auxiliary units below, but the powertrain is so reliable, a full array of fresh gauges aren't really necessary. There aren't a ton of options, but you do get an SS steering wheel atop a tilt column, cruise control, seatbelts, factory A/C (needs service), and an older JVC AM/FM/Cassette inside the center of the dash.

The engine is a 350 cubic inch V8 Goodwrench crate motor that runs very well, with good power up and down the throttle and a great rumble from the stainless-steel dual exhaust system below. Wearing the stock black Goodwrench valve covers and a bright Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop an Edelbrock aluminum intake, the engine bay look very clean and tidy, and it's been further dressed with an open-element air cleaner, gloss black inner fenders, and a shiny radiator shield to add some sparkle. Long-tube headers hug the block for good service access and help the engine breathe, while power steering and power front disc brakes vastly improve this Elky's road manners. A stout TH350 3-speed automatic transmission handles the gears, doling out torque to the 10-bolt rear end, which is full of fairly tall gears so the Elky is easy-going on the highway. Dark gray 5-spoke Ralley wheels look awesome and wear 235/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials that finish off the look perfectly.

Properly sorted cars are hard to find, and when they've led hard lives like most El Caminos, it's even more difficult. This is the rare exception. Drive it, have fun, and don't forget that it still might enjoy working once in awhile, too. Call today!

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El Camino
Sub Model
SS Tribute


Engine Size
350 V8 Crate
Fuel Specification
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic


Body Color
Body Style
Pickup Truck


Interior Color
Seating Type
Bench With Column Shift
Seat Material
Shifter Type

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