The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 119
1972 Chevrolet El Camino SS

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1972 Chevrolet  El Camino SS

CHASSIS NO: 1D80U2L536602

• Nicely equipped with power steering and power brakes
• The last year of big block power and classic SS good looks
• Deep-dish Rally wheels and clean bed out back
• Clean black vinyl interior with AM/FM and cruise control

402 cid V-8 engine, 240 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, front and rear coil spring suspension, power front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”

Round two of El Camino production began in 1964, based on the Chevelle platform, and when the Chevelle grew up and got bigger and stronger, so did the El Camino. Many consider the 1972 model to be the peak of that rise, with the big 402 cubic-inch V-8 - still known as the 396 to many fans - still pushing out 240 horsepower, and the soon-to-come hydraulic front bumpers not yet rearing their ugly heads. These classic 3rd-generation El Caminos have quietly risen to the top once again, for classic good looks and performance - all in a package that will still haul a load as well.

Finished in the factory Cranberry Red with black SS stripes, this Chevy retains a deep shine and has excellent chrome, trim and SS emblems. The body panels are very straight, the deep-dish chrome wheels are like new, and every impression is that of a lovely, correct, and properly maintained SS. It’s a classic Chevy look that really ties this El Camino tightly to the Chevelle SS sedan, with both proudly displaying the performance hood scoop and those cool SS hubcaps and trim rings. The roomy interior shows only very light wear, with excellent black vinyl seats and door panels. Clean, clear glass and that classic padded dash contains factory air-conditioning and an aftermarket Kenwood AM/FM cassette. The console-shifted automatic, cruise control, power steering and power brakes make this muscle car/pickup truck a very exciting ride that is a pleasure to drive.

Car guys will love popping this hood, with the big 396 looking bold and clean, just as it did in 1972. By 1973, even the El Camino had been stripped of its horsepower and saddled with huge bumpers, making these 1972 SS models highly desirable. Some call it the Billy Ray Cyrus of classic autos - “Business up front, party out back” - but we call it one of the best-looking and highest performance El Caminos you’ll ever find.

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