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1971 El camino, black plate California survivor, 2 owner, cold A/C

Make: Chevrolet
Model: El Camino
Trim: Custom
Year: 1971
Mileage: 172525
VIN: 136801L108200
Cylinders: 8
Transmission: Automatic
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: La Mesa, California, United States

1971 Chevrolet El Camino Custom Additional Info:

1971 Chevrolet El Camino

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·Original California Black-Plate Survivor

·Cold air-conditioning

·Time-capsule clean w/cool 1970's green color-scheme & lots of factory custom trim options

·Turn-key mechanical condition & super smooth Cadillac-comfortable ride

·Two-owner car with great history


·350V8, 2 barrel carb, Th350 auto trans, power steering and power disk brakes

·Factory cold air-conditioning, tinted glass

·Custom trim level with following options: Bumper guards, remote outside mirror, rally wheels

·Original AM/FM radio (in a box). An aftermarket radio is in its place, and the dash was not cut to install it.

·GM sport steering wheel (not a repro, from a green Buick GS)

·Bucket seats

·Four Chevrolet factory SS/Z28 15”x7" five-spoke mag wheels also included. Complete with original caps and trim rings (not repros). Nice set.

·Trailer hitch and air shocks in rear

·Receipts, owner's manual, original jack and spare

·Clean CA title in my name, current CA registration, insurance by Haggerty (four vehicles for under $250 a year!)

·Every effort has been made to keep this car all GM, and avoid aftermarket and imported reproduction parts.


I purchased this car from the original owner 7 years ago. It has 172,525 miles on the chassis. It's been garage kept most of its life, and has always been well looked after. I have a copy of the original title to document ownership chain, and I know the previous owner's son. He worked at the local Chevrolet dealership and facilitated the rebuild of the engine and transmission for his father. Both engine and trans have been rebuilt once and were R&R-ed at the dealership.

The engine runs cool, strong and smooth. It was rebuilt at approximately 127K and received hardened seats and very mild RV cam. The transmission shifts exceptionally well and was rebuilt at approximately 135K. The 350V8 still has the original two-barrel carb, single exhaust, smog equipment, points ignition, and no headers! The electrical system is in good condition and has not been butchered, however there is a burned out bulb near the speedo and the horn button has been relocated to the dash.The engine bay has fortunately been spared the typical sloppy spray-can detailing. In the 8 years I've owned the car, all I've done is replace the upper control-arm bushings and ball joints, rebuild the carb, perform routine maintenance, and install a new battery - that's it. It's been a great practical classic, and very useful for occasional light hauling.

Body and Interior

This is a rock solid California car with a super straight body. There is no missing trim, and all the trim is original to the car and in excellent condition. There are no "extra" screws holding it on - only trim clips. The bumpers are original and so is the grill.

The car was repainted a long time ago, and shows some maturity. There are sun- kissed areas, chips and scratches, and there is an area on the hood where it was touched up and it does not match very well.However, the way it's aged has just made it look better. It has a cool authentic vibe that's hard to replicate. You can call it patina ... my friends call it bitchin'.

The beautiful shade of dark green contrasts nicely with the wood-grain tailgate trim, black Cali plates, and weathered WWII P.O.W. decal on the windshield. The plastic lenses are all original and evenly faded. I have a complete replacement set, but the nicely worn original stuff just looks cool.

The floor is rock solid and the bed is not banged up. The chrome trim around the bed has some dings. The hood, door, tailgate, windows and vent wings all work nicely. The rear window channel area looks like it was cleaned up last time it was painted and still looks good. The bed was protected by a camper shell for many years. This El Camino has been preserved in one of the finest climates on earth. It has only lived in two zip codes: 92119 & 91941.


The interior features bucket seats with green fabric inserts. They have settled in a bit, and are super comfortable. It also has the aforementioned Buick GS steering wheel. I think the Buick horn-button fits the character of the car better than the Chevy version. Carpet has been replaced, headliner is original and nice, and so are the original door panels. Dash pad has a crack by the speaker grill on the passenger side and has a nice fitted cover. I believe the windshield is original to the car as it has the built-in antenna. There are some small chips and some vintage decals which make it worth keeping. An aftermarket radio fits the original dash opening without modification. Heater core has been bypassed. Vent-wing cranks work great and the A/C blows cold.


Stops great; disc brakes in the front. Upper control arm and upper ball joints replaced. Bottom A-arm bushings squeak a bit. Exhaust is in good condition, tires approx. 50% left. California car - no undercoating over a rusty frame here.


Heater core is bypassed. A brand new heater core with correct hose clamps is included in sale. The bulb by the speedo is out, and the horn button (red) is on the dash. The gas gauge is off a bit and is empty at the ¼ mark. There is a label on the dash to remind you. The carb has a flat spot off idle that I am used to and does not present a problem for me. Replacing the accelerator pump in the carb would most likely correct this. Lower A-arms squeak a bit.


Interested bidders are welcome to inspect the car in person or by third party agentBEFOREyou bid on the car. You are also welcome and encouraged to ask questionsBEFOREyou bid on the car.Car is being sold as is, where is. Shipping is the full responsibility of the buyer. Know your shipping options before you bid please. I will make myself available to assist your transport driver as necessary. Car may be stored in my garage for up to three weeks provided all funds have cleared my bank. If more time is needed before pickup, please make arrangements with me ahead of time.

Deposit is due via PayPal within 12 hours of auction close. Balance of funds is due within 5 business days via bank-to-bank wire transfer only. Car does not leave my property until all funds have cleared my bank. If you are contemplating a fly & drive, I can pick you up at Lindberg Field, San Diego. I am not recommending you do this of course because the car is 48 years old. I would drive it to LA without hesitation. Car is located in La Mesa, California 91941.

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Thanks, Bob