• First year for the new 5th Generation El Camino
• Very clean paint and chrome throughout
• Nicely equipped with factory air-conditioning
• Highly original and ready to enjoy
305 cid OHV V-8 engine, 165 HP, automatic transmission, coil springs and shocks with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, power front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 117”
A new, trimmer 5th Generation El Camino was unveiled in 1978, adopting the new look sharp-edged Malibu styling, and a one-inch longer wheelbase of 117”. The front-end sheet metal, grille, and doors were shared with the Malibu, and the rear tailgate and bumper was shared with the Malibu station wagon. The front end featured a new single rectangular headlight design, and for the first time, the El Camino had a unique chassis – it was shared with no other Chevrolet. This example, while nearly all original, has received quality paint and restoration work and looks great. It is very well-equipped with power steering, power brakes, air-conditioning, cruise control, and an AM/FM/CD player. Few were produced, so this is a special example that will draw attention at any truck event.
Exterior examination of this SS Model shows a very solid body that appears to have been re-sprayed at some point in the past and shows well with only very few points of wear. The fenders, huge hood with a massive scoop, and rockers have a great shine, the graphics look great, the chrome and trim are top-notch, and the bedliner looks like new. This is a very sharp-looking 5th Generation SS.
Inside, the cloth bench seat and carpets are very nice, with a clean headliner and cool woodgrain trim. It’s a comfortable and roomy cabin that would even make Grandma feel right at home on the way to church on Sunday morning. Along with factory air-conditioning and CD player, a custom steering wheel is an upgrade to an otherwise lovely interior.
GM’s workhorse 305 cubic-inch V-8 is clean and proper under the hood, with factory fixtures and markings still present. A four-barrel carburetor bumps the horsepower up to 165, which is ample for either hauling or cruising. Among GM makes, at least, the era of “bigness” was fading into history, overtaken by a new age of efficiency and economy represented here in this fine El Camino SS.