Many muscle cars are remembered because they represent the pinnacle of the model, and the 1970-only El Camino SS454 is no different. The El Camino had seen a break of four years earlier in the 1960s, but was back by 1964 with a 396ci (6.5-liter) top engine option. It went through a major facelift in 1968 with softer, more rounded lines but still the 396ci (6.5 liter) remained. In 1970 the El Camino followed the line of the Chevelle SS by being available with the 454ci (7.4-liter) big-block 'Rat' V8. The engine came in two different versions, the mild one being the LS5 with 10.25:1 compression and 360bhp (268kW), while the wild one was the LS6 with forged aluminium pistons, a special cam, forged steel crank and rods and 11.5:1 compression for 450bhp (336kW). With a Positraction live axle and very little rear weight, the back wheels would easily light up under provocation.
Chevrolet El Camino SS454 Specifications
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