El Caminos, love ’em or hate ’em, are a unique piece of the American landscape. With decades of tradition behind it, this 1986 Chevrolet El Camino represents the end of the line for the Elky (the last one would roll off the assembly line in 1987), and presents in remarkably well-preserved condition. If you’ve been looking for one that hasn’t been worked to death or modified beyond recognition, this might be your last chance.

El Caminos were trucks, and most of them were used like trucks and left for dead when they gave up. Fortunately, this nicely preserved 55,681-mile example has most likely been a cherished toy for most of its life, and thanks to life down south where the roads are warm and dry, it doesn’t suffer from the dreaded tin worm, either. The original white paint is simple, clean, and actually quite handsome, and the blue pinstripe gives it a sporty edge. Fit and finish are about average for a GM product of this era, but since it’s original 30-year-old paint, we’re still pretty impressed. There are a few touch-ups, but nothing major and original paint means no scary surprises waiting underneath. Talking about preservation, just take a look at the bed, which looks like it hasn’t carried anything more substantial than a few sacks of groceries and still wears its original white paint. Nice, right?

The interior is a nice combination of practical and stylish, a result of the El Camino sharing a lot of DNA with the Monte Carlo. Like the exterior, it’s mostly original with few signs of wear and no notable damage to the seating surfaces beyond some minor stretching. The matching door panels are equally sharp, with no UV damage or cracking like you so often see on cars from the ’80s, and the dash pad appears to be brand new. The El Camino was a bit sporty inside, too, with round gauge faces (although most are idiot lights), and this one is also loaded with options like A/C, a tilt wheel, power locks, and an AM/FM stereo radio. Aftermarket floor mats and a carpeted dash pad help keep it looking its best and from behind the wheel, it’s easy to forget you’re driving a vehicle with a pickup bed out back. Too cool!

With just 55,681 original miles, the original 4.3 liter V6 still has a lot of life left in it. Essentially of a familiar 350 cubic inch V8, the big V6 is smooth and torquey, a great companion in the El Camino and as a relative of the small block Chevy, you know it’ll run this well practically forever. As you might expect, the engine bay is super-sanitary, with all the factory equipment fully intact and 100% functional, including the fuel injection system that fires it almost instantly. There’s no rust, no questionable upgrades, yet plenty of evidence of expert maintenance, including a fresh tune-up, belts, and hoses. It’s backed by a 3-speed automatic transmission spinning a standard 10-bolt rear end, and if you’re looking around underneath, you’ll note this truck is really clean. Handsome painted Rally wheels finish the sporty look with recent whitewall radials.

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