You can tell there was plenty more invested under the hood during restoration. The shiny air topper, matching valve covers, and big bold block of this 396 cubic-inch V8 are easily recognized within the exceptionally tidy engine bay. And the detail work on this one is great, too. So people will be marveling at everything from the original-style battery to the “Keep your GM car all GM” decal on the air topper. But a big block El Camino is mean for driving. That’s why this big block inhales deeply though a Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales with authority out of the dual exhaust. The motor fires up nicely likely due to a rebuild in the last few years, and there’s all the right driving features thanks to its Chevelle-based ride. Power steering, front disc brakes, a thick front sway bar, and a stout TH400 three-speed automatic transmission are all part of this total package.

La Vergne, Tennessee, United States