Representing the last generation of a revolutionary model that ably bridged the gap between comfortable, dependable transportation and workplace utility, this 1986 Chevrolet El Camino is in thoroughly impressive shape - inside, outside and beneath its hood. It's logged an unusually low 56,000 miles during its substantial lifetime, which translates to only about four years' worth of driving by most standards and has been well looked after, so it's ready for plenty of future miles.
With its neatly groomed, still-fresh appearance, this distinctive vehicle occupies some lightly treaded ground - because of the model's workhorse reputation and unusual level of utility, most El Caminos either show quite a bit of wear when they've long since passed the 30-year mark, as this specimen has, or have been refreshed along the way and are no longer in their original configuration. This outlier has definitely defied the odds, in that its striking white paint still presents impressively well - though it could benefit from a polish and wax session - and its exterior alignment is still very much on point. From all appearances, it's also been steered clear of any notable mishaps, as the bumpers both fore and aft are still table-level and unblemished. It's hard to overestimate the impact this model had on automotive design, and after plying its trade for some 28 years, El Caminos would be discontinued just a year after this '86 rolled onto the pavement for the first time, so it represents a rare opportunity.
There's little doubt that this Chevy has been consistently sheltered over the years. Outside, it shows no signs of serious oxidation or UV damage and beyond its doors the blue interior is still looking sharp and retains its original configuration. In particular, the vinyl upholstery on the split bench seat still has its snug fit and shows no obvious wear and the door panels to each side are free of the marked discoloration you'd rightfully expect after more than three decades of use. Farther forward, the dash area is a definite strong feature on this classic - both the pad across the top and the black accenting running the width of the cabin appear nearly new and the assortment of factory gauges in the instrument cluster all work as intended. A climate control system that's still performing well is a welcome feature, especially during these warmer months and this one combines with the original AM/FM stereo to make for a comfortable interior well suited for frequent use.
In addition to its thoroughly original appearance both inside and out, this classic Chevy offers a reassuringly solid driving condition. Its engine compartment shows the same attentive care lavished on the rest of the car, harboring a gas-saving 4.3 liter fuel injected V6 that fires up promptly and runs smoothly as it pairs with an automatic transmission in top form. A recent trip to the shop for a tune up has left the car in top mechanical shape, and the assortment of fresh belts and hoses surrounding the engine show that maintenance has been consistent over the years. Smooth power steering makes this versatile ride easy to maneuver, while power brakes that feature discs up front bring its set of 15" steel wheels ornamented with Chevy center caps and wrapped with Toyo tires to a stop quickly when called upon.
You don't see many El Caminos representing this generation on the road very often and the reassuringly strong running form and razor-sharp curb appeal of this 1986 Chevrolet El Camino really set it apart. Call today!