Listed on Craiglist for $25,000, the owner spent $65,000 over a period of two years to transform a bucket of bolts into what you can admire in the featured photo gallery. And boy does the Pro Touring treatment fit the El Camino like a glove. Only 1,500 miles have been racked up since the restoration was completed, so you’re looking at an El Camino in like-new condition.

Chevrolet El Camino Has a Corvette LS1 V8  sideview

Instead of a 396 big-block V8 from days gone by, the engine bay is filled with 5.7 liters of LS1 brute force. It’s the same small-block V8 that motivates the fifth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, which translates into 350 all-American horsepower. Understandably, the 4L60-E transmission with a Billet Lokar floor shifter also originates from the C5 Corvette.

Chevrolet El Camino Has a Corvette LS1 V8  engine

Thanks to the addition of Air Ride suspension, this El Camino should be quite a comfortable cruiser. Better still, the tubular control arms with poly bushings should translate into a much better handler than the original second-generation Chevy El Camino. Another welcomed mod comes in the form of disc brakes that are concealed by 20-inch TSW black-painted wheels shod with fresh rubber. As far as the interior is concerned, everything from the headliner to the door panels is brand spanking new.

Chevrolet El Camino Has a Corvette LS1 V8

For people like you and me, an original 1964 Chevrolet El Camino costs an arm and a leg considering that the Chevelle-based utility pickup has become a collector’s item in recent years. A rusty one is a nightmare even for those who exhibit a high degree of mechanical savvy, so there you have it. For a middle-of-the-road solution to owning an El Camino, this example of the breed ticks all the right boxes. And then some. By: autoevolution