Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #23

Obviously after my "top 50" trucks post earlier this week, you knew today's pic would be a truck, right?


Late 1980s El Camino SS. In the last gasp days of the El Camino, GM finally had a good idea. Why not return to the late 1960s muscle car era and give the 'Camino the same treatment as the muscle car? So they took the SS package from the Monte Carlo (since the Chevelle, Malibu, and Impalas were gone and wouldn't come back for a while) and applied it to the El Camino.

Hood scoop, mag wheels, ground effects and a two-tone paint job later, the El Camino SS was born. It wasn't enough to salvage the model, but it at least went out looking pretty sweet. It didn't get the

The El Camino SS sparked two projects I long thought would be really sweet. Take a Dodge Rampage, the teeny little carruck based on the Omni/Charger platform, and give it a complete Shelby makeover. Pull the 2.2L turbo out of a Daytona or Charger, drop it in the Rampage, and clad the truck out with the ground effects and rims from the Charger. Voila! Rampage Shelby! The other package would be essentially the same idea, only with the Volkswagen pickup and a GTI.

So many ideas, so little money...

That is all.

6 comments:

Mopar said...

2 things.

The El Camino is NOT a truck.

Oh, and there WAS a Shelby Rampage in 1984. Sorta. The '84 California Shelby Rampage was only sold in, you guessed it, California. And because by that point Dodge had decided to cancel the Rampage by the time the Shelby verion made it into production, they didn't bother with most of the usual Shelby mechanicals. Pretty much just interior and exterior mods, nothing mechanical except a Shelby-prepped transmission. Even then the price was pretty steep for what they were at $10k+. In the end only 218 of them were sold. so pretty rare.

On a side note, I know someone who still has an original Shelby Dakota, signed on the dash by Carroll himself.

Paul, Dammit! said...

I love a good El Camino. You can fit all kinds of hispanics inside, and still have room for their lawnmowers.

Paul, Dammit! said...

Mildly snarky, but one of the best Archer jokes from the series.

Anonymous said...

It still not a Ford Ranchero. Both vehicles seemed to attract maniac drivers.

Gerry

Lokidude said...

And here all my buddy and I wanted to do was build a 13B (RX-7 Wankel Motor) into a Subaru Brat...

Old NFO said...

Elkies are fun, but only if you back half them and then go full blown 6:71 hanging outta the hood... :-)