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Lot 37
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS LS6


CHASSIS NO: 136800B177147

• Rare LS6 big block, Chevrolet’s best in 1970
• Complete numbers matching engine
• 1 of only 9 recognized in the LS6 Registry
• Known history from new with copy of original MSO
• Documented rotisserie restoration


70 El Camino Certificate of Registration.pdf
70 El Camino NCRS Form.pdf

454 cid V-8 engine, 450 HP, four-barrel Holley carburetor, M22 four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with trailing arms and coil springs, power-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”

In 1959, Chevrolet introduced the new El Camino, a passenger car-based pickup. On the market for just two years, El Camino returned in 1964, when Chevrolet brought out its new mid-size Chevelle line. Presenting a smaller utility vehicle more in line with its main competition, the Ranchero from Ford, which was based on that company’s compact Falcon. In this new market niche, the handsome El Camino was a sales hit and, as a bonus, most all the performance options available on Chevelle could be ordered for this sweet little pickup. For 1970, Chevrolet revamped its A-body Chevelle family and El Camino benefited from these new looks and new performance options. The biggest, most powerful engine ever placed under the hood of a production Chevrolet was aimed at those wanting the ultimate in power. For just $263.30 over the price of the base SS-396, one could get the big block LS6 with an advertised output of 450 HP. However, even in its day, many felt that number was artificially reduced and something like 500 HP was closer to reality. That year, only 4,475 customers checked the LS6 option box with the vast majority of those being installed in Chevelle SS hardtops and convertibles. Far fewer El Camino buyers were ready to push their limits and this is one of only nine recognized in the LS6 Registry. We are pleased to present what is recognized as the finest and best documented LS6 equipped El Camino.

A total of 47,707 El Camino pickups were built for 1970. Many were equipped with the Z25 SS-396 package, a much smaller number upgraded to the Z15/LS5 SS-454 option. Very few dared to venture to the full-on high-performance excitement of the Z15/LS6. Built at Chevrolet’s Baltimore plant, this high-powered pickup was shipped to Luby Chevrolet, also in Baltimore. It must have been the star of the showroom in gleaming Cortez Silver with those SS black racing stripes. Today, this restored El Camino not only meets factory standards but excels in fit and finish and invites even the most critical eye to come and inspect the perfect combination of 1970s style, performance, and utility.

All chrome work has a deep, clear reflective finish, with properly date-coded window glass carrying the Libby-Owens-Ford logos. The interior echoes the high degree of authenticity seen throughout this El Camino, fitted with the basic full-width bench seat finished in the correct factory black vinyl, full instrumentation including tachometer, and that most important “Muncie” chrome gear shift lever attached to the heavy-duty M22 “close-ratio” four-speed transmission. Behind the front seat back, you will find the rear storage area is as fresh as the day this car was born with the spare tire stored in its proper location along with the original jack and factory lug wrench. This example is presented just as it left the factory, down to the blank-out plate for a radio, which really is not needed when you have that throaty exhaust of the LS6.

The original SS wheels are riding on a set of “Goodyear Polyglas” tires, just as the factory equipped this high-performance pickup. Releasing the lock-down pins on the “Cowl Induction” hood, you can feast your eyes on the most awesome muscle car era V-8 Chevrolet ever produced, a numbers matching 450 HP version of the big block 454 V-8. No detail was ignored with the same high quality finish seen in the engine bay which reflects the same level of professional craftsmanship as seen throughout the rest of this exceptional El Camino. Powerful and beautiful, this is a rare opportunity for this stunning vehicle to be a part of your collection.

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