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Username Post: Most Preferred Model Years?        (Topic#339406)
BlazerNerd97 
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09-26-16 09:14 AM - Post#2653362    

So, I'm interested in getting a nice El Camino some day (I'm searching currently). And I am curious what the most preferred years were for them, because I want something that no one else wants/has. I want one that's different than all the others. Also, what years usually sell for more, and what years are usually sold for cheaper? I see many variances for prices between the years.



 
raycow 
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09-26-16 10:07 AM - Post#2653372    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

You are at the point where need to decide what vintage car ownership means to you personally. Do you see it as a hobby or as an investment? If a hobby, buy the car YOU like the best and don't concern yourself with what others might think. If an investment, put your money into art, precious metals or gems instead of a car.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
BlazerNerd97 
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09-26-16 08:37 PM - Post#2653486    
    In response to raycow

Sounds like good advice. I personally prefer the 1970 and am more personally interested into a classic car hobby. I was curious though, if the 1970 was not too common since I see more of the newer body styles than anything else.



 
raycow 
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09-27-16 12:49 PM - Post#2653613    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

I think the most likely explanation is that the newer models are newer. In other words, not so many of them have died off yet. I was around in 1970, and 1970 elcos were fairly common back then.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
Nailheadv8 
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09-27-16 03:13 PM - Post#2653653    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

The 1968 69 and 70 Elcos are really popular now. That means they are likely to cost more. the later models '73 and later have smog rules engines with EGRs and low compression but they still look great and parts are more available.
I agree with the guy that said buy the one you like and keep it. buying any vehicle as an investment is a mistake. Watch the TV auctions and see what the "investments" are selling for,
those people are losing money, and any money they do get back is all inflated and actually worth less than the money they spent.



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Nailheadv8 
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09-27-16 03:18 PM - Post#2653657    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

If you want one that is different look for a GMC Sprint. They are rare. they are also impossible to find parts for. Buy an Elco that you like and customize it by shaving the trim, or painting graphics on it, raise it up and make a 4 wheel drive out of it, there are ways to make it yours.



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BlazerNerd97 
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09-27-16 10:49 PM - Post#2653763    
    In response to Nailheadv8

Can't say I've ever even heard of a GMC Sprint before. If I find one, knowing me, I'd definitely have it in my driveway. I agree, one thing I know is you almost never get out of a vehicle what you put in. If I get one, it's to keep until the day I am in absolute dire need of cash. Other than that, no plans on selling. Thanks for some advice on years also!



 
junkman104 
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09-28-16 05:20 PM - Post#2653907    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GMC_Sprint_/_Cab allero



 
Nailheadv8 
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09-29-16 12:38 PM - Post#2654026    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

My mistake!!!! Mea culpa, mea culpa.
The GMC version of the El Camino is really called a "Caballero".




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junkman104 
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09-29-16 04:15 PM - Post#2654058    
    In response to Nailheadv8

5th generation only



 
elcamino 
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10-01-16 01:12 AM - Post#2654291    
    In response to Nailheadv8

The only difference between an El Camino and a GMC Sprint are the badges, everything is the same. Built in the same assembly plants, one got Chevy trim and the other got GMC trim.

1971 was first year for Sprint. Also had SS version called SP. An SP454 is rare, very few made as no one really knew about them, approximately 300+ built from 1972 to 1975.




http://www.chevelles.com/sprint/index.html

Mike
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wagonman100 
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10-01-16 02:08 PM - Post#2654363    
    In response to elcamino

Buy what you like. But the more popular years will be selling for more. 1970 will be in the popular category. Make it your own with paint, wheels, etc. The '73-'77 body style will be cheaper to buy but harder to find body parts and trim for. They aren't as popular therefore not a big market for reproduction parts and there aren't many in salvage yards since they weren't very popular. The yards didn't want to take up space with cars that they weren't selling parts off of. I personally like them especially since my first car was a '76 Malibu Classic.

Jay
Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon


 
DonSSDD 
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10-02-16 02:22 AM - Post#2654430    
    In response to wagonman100

The 1959 is the best looking one, if you want my opinion. Fairly rare too.

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BlazerNerd97 
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10-02-16 11:53 AM - Post#2654490    
    In response to DonSSDD

I do like the 59s.



 
76 
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12-11-17 07:01 PM - Post#2717624    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

My SS el camino....Love it...

1976 Malibu Classic
1976 Olympic Edition
1976 S3 Laguna
1977 SS El Camino
2003 SS Silverado
2008 SS Impala
2011 SS Camaro


 
78elk 
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12-15-17 08:48 PM - Post#2718083    
    In response to 76

My overall favorite is the 59. I have a decent 78 that's a blast to drive.



Edited by 78elk on 12-15-17 09:23 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
MikeUSNRet 
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03-23-18 06:56 PM - Post#2728713    
    In response to BlazerNerd97

I love my '59. That said, I use it only as a summer weekend cruiser and to enter in several area shows throughout the year. Even though it is a great driver, I don't want to chance the risks that come with everyday driving. Lots of blood, sweat, busted knuckles and $$$ involved in bringing this one back from the dead.
If you want a driver, pick a later one that you can get replacement body parts for. I had a '66 and it was a great everyday driver. Lots of mid 60's early 70's Chevelle parts out there. Just my thoughts.

MikeH

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78elk 
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03-24-18 08:06 AM - Post#2728762    
    In response to MikeUSNRet

That's a very sweet 59 El Camino. Great job on the build.



 
MikeUSNRet 
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03-24-18 04:30 PM - Post#2728812    
    In response to 78elk

Thank you. Appreciate the comment.

MikeH

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173rdherd 
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03-26-18 08:31 AM - Post#2728984    
    In response to MikeUSNRet

I like my 76, but really, any EC is a good one if you have it.

94 Z-28 Ram Air
76 el camino (Elke)
58 4 dr Yeoman (Nadine)
57 4 dr 150 (Dottie)
53 4 dr tradesman (Tupelo Honey)
and they're all....
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1oldtimer 
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04-08-18 09:47 PM - Post#2730421    
    In response to DonSSDD

I like 1960 the best. I've had a '59 at the same time as a '60, but I still own my '60. I like the more distinct line and pin tail lights....plus that bird/rocket on the side .

'60 Chevy El Camino
'60 Studebaker Lark Wagon
'56 Chevy Panel truck
'47 Ford 2dr Super Deluxe
'41 Ford Pickup
'36 Ford 5w coupe
'28 Ford Tudor
They're all projects in some form.


 
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