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1966 Chevy El Camino: Powerful, Versatile and Stylish

In our fourth installment this week for the Cool Rides Online February 2016 Ride of the Month, here is some background information on the 1966 Chevy El Camino.

Note: These are not the actual vehicles nominated for February’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicles themselves. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.

During the Muscle Car Era, models such as the Ford Mustang and the Pontiac GTO got most of the publicity. However, the 1966 Chevy El Camino is an automotive gem that deserved far more respect. Here are some facts about this unique driving machine.

Strong Performance

Although the El Camino offered the versatility of a pickup truck, it could still deliver a strong performance on the road. Chevy decided to offer a powerful 6.5-liter engine during the 1966 model year. Equipped with a four-barrel carburetor, the big V-8 engine was tweaked to pump out a satisfying 375 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. When launched from a stop, the El Camino could cover the quarter-mile in a quick 14.6 seconds. This was a quite impressive performance for a car that could actually haul a load. A four-speed automatic gearbox routed the power to the rear wheels.

Signature Styling

1966 El CaminoThe 1966 Chevy El Camino shared many similarities with the legendary Chevelle. In fact, the two cars looked almost identical from the front. A chiseled grille helped the El Camino to look a bit more striking than the previous generation. On the rear, redesigned taillights accentuated the El Camino’s edgier profile. Meanwhile, an enhanced trim package gave the Super Sport model an additional degree of flair. As always, the El Camino’s bed set it apart from any other muscle car roaming the streets. Although this ride didn’t offer a backseat, three passengers could easily fit inside.

Versatile Performer

Whether the driver was picking up a new mattress or cruising to the local drive-in movie theater, the 1966 El Camino promised to get the job done. It was a great option for the muscle car lovers who didn’t want to purchase a traditional pickup truck. Very few vehicles on the market offered more versatility.

While the 1966 Chevy El Camino was not a typical muscle car, it still was just as exciting to drive. Even today, the El Camino stands as one of the most underrated cars in history. It was especially powerful when equipped with the big 396 engine.

Please follow this link to see a list of all cars nominated for February’s Ride of the Month and to cast your vote. 

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