Traditional horsepower comes from a mid-70s 454 cubic inch V8 that’s been built just for service in this El Camino. A big Holley 4-barrel carburetor on an Edelbrock manifold manages the fuel and an HEI distributor lights it up, which means it’s a strong runner that’ll stay that way for years to come. A few chrome dress-up parts add a little flash, with a reproduction decal on the air cleaner just to add a little deception (there were no 454s in 1969, of course). What that all means is that you’re cleared to take it for a drive without worries about dirtying up the vitals. In addition to the modern A/C, there’s power steering and brakes, so this truck is as easy to drive as any Chevelle. A 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission and a 12-bolt rear make for a reliable powertrain, and handsome Torque Thrusts with brand new BFGoodrich T/A radials look great.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States