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Big Wheels Keep On Turning for King of the Road

American, Classics, SUVs  /   /  By Neil J. Helfgot

eBay Listing: 1969 Chevrolet El Camino

SS396 was sixties and seventies nomenclature that brought to mind heavily smoked rear tires, American muscle, and the Chevrolet line of performance vehicles. We could have easily found a Chevrolet Chevelle or Camaro with similar SS396 option packages, either as clone or as an original. But we thought, “Where is the fun in that?” This 1969 El Camino is the ticket for this discussion.

Some people, that good old-fashioned American heartbeat pulses through their veins. They are the type of people who enjoy Lynyrd Skynyrd and who likely love El Caminos for what they are, a bit of fun with a working edge.

1969 chevrolet el camino ss396

El Camino is Spanish for ‘the Road.’ And what better king of the road is there than a 1969 Chevrolet El Camino with a big block? One former and notable owner of an El Camino was President Bill Clinton, which might say something about the vehicle, the owner or both. Either way it’s a classic vehicle, with timeless looks often mentioned in the same breath as its brother, the Chevelle.

The color combination of this particular 1969 El Camino reminds us of a nearly identical looking Tuxedo Black 1970 Chevelle that Matthew McConaughey drove in the1993 film Dazed and Confused. That Tuxedo Black Chevelle was rolling quickly on down the road ironically to the music of a Foghat song called Slowride. The films’ performances, were matched by those of the cars, which were almost equally the stars in that film. This El Camino or a similar vehicle could easily be similarly featured in a ‘period’ motion picture taking place from 1969 onward.

1969 chevrolet el camino ss396

Today’s spotlight is on a 1969 Chevrolet El Camino and has a few appreciable features other than its 396 engine. The first is that it doesn’t have a bench seat. We realize some people love and miss having bench seats, but having your own seat as a driver has its perks including comfort. We also love the horseshoe shifter and center console, which we think adds to this vehicle’s already impressive specifications.

Business in the front and a party in the back are to be admired in the 1968-1972 Chevrolet El Camino. If this type of design were good enough for a former president, then we wouldn’t mind taking this vehicle down roads less traveled and cruising to a ‘Slow Ride.’ Power down and smoking the rear tires of a 69’ SS396 El Camino is something that is as American as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bill Clinton, and apple pie.

1969 chevrolet el camino ss396

View the eBay listing and gallery to appreciate this beauty: 1969 Chevrolet El Camino

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  1. russ February 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm Reply

    I bought my first new car was 1969 396ss with 4 speed el Camino . I set at red light and burn the tires off and never moved !!!! I was also street racing . I never got a speed ticket . seeing this car bring back a lot good time growing up . the car cost me 3700.00 dollars, the good old days.

  2. john February 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm Reply

    I too am an el camino fanatic. My first elky was a 68. I went on my honeymoon in it, but the wife had to drive cause I had lost my license due to thge “burn out” and related offenses. I now have a jet black 69 sotcker. no 396, but still a great ride.

  3. Neil Helfgot February 22, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply

    Thanks for the comments Russ and John! I’m glad you both could relate to the article.

    All the best,

    -Neil J. Helfgot

  4. mike February 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm Reply

    got 69 camino chevy of a kind
    frame off total custom cal customs
    stroker /4speed
    had it at zephyrrhill fl car show 2014 this weekend
    could not give it away .special camino
    strap in and hang on
    french front and rear tail lights
    gonna sell to the right buyer

  5. Frank February 24, 2014 at 7:03 am Reply

    I was really into this story until Bill Clinton’s name was mentioned,then all I could think of was a YUGO!

    • Coop February 26, 2014 at 9:28 am Reply

      YEP!….Clinton’s name ALSO ruined it for me…..Have an all original 69′ L78…………..

  6. Ron February 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm Reply

    I have owned 6 hot rod/classics over the last 30 years. Currently I own a 1968 black/white striped SS 396 chevelle. It is a blast. I never was a chevelle fan but there is something special for a car guy about a big block super sport. New cars are faster with more creature comforts, but they are missing a special quality. The ability to respond to people, discuss cars, roar when needed, it rocks. Pure nostalgia !

  7. Frank March 3, 2014 at 7:51 pm Reply

    I have a 69 El Camino. It’s not pretty, has it’s share of rust, and I nice dent in front fender. I use it to pick up things. I love it, and I’m always amazed to see so many people say, Nice Car! I’ve had it about 8 years, with no plans on letting it go.

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