You can forget the original wheezing 305, it’s been replaced by a thundering 400 cubic inch small block V8. Smooth and torquey, it’s a great companion in the El Camino and as a small block Chevy, you know it’ll run this well practically forever. As you might expect, the engine bay has been freshened with the arrival of the new engine, which is equipped with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, center-bolt heads and a high-rise intake manifold. There’s plenty of torque on tap, yet it loves to rev and feels like it could pull forever. It’s backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic spinning a standard 10-bolt rear end, and if you’re looking around underneath, check out the healthy dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers and oversized pipes. Handsome Weld wheels finish the sporty look with 245/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear blackwall radials.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States