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AJ's Car of the Day 1964 Chevrolet El Camino

Car: Chevrolet El Camino

Year: 1964

What makes it special: The second generation El Camino came after a four year absence, when Chevrolet reintroduced the El Camino based on the Chevelle model. The 1964 model was similar to the Chevelle forward of the B-pillars and carried both "Chevelle" and "El Camino" badges, but initially Chevrolet marketed the vehicle as a utility model and Chevelle's most powerful engines were not available.

What made it famous: Added to the El Camino's option list during the 1964 model year were two versions of the 327 cu in small block V8 rated at 250 and 300 horsepower, with the 300 hp featuring a higher compression ratio of 10.5:1, larger 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.

Why I would want one: It's the first year of the second generation El Camino, and I have always loved the front end of the 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle, which this has. Plus, it had plenty of power on tap with the 300 hp 327 V8, making it capable of hauling ass as well as hauling whatever you wished to transport.

Fun fact: In Spanish, "El Camino" means "the path".

( 1964 Chevrolet El Camino photo from tripod.com )

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