1966 Chevrolet El Camino

Bright wheelhouse moldings were also a custom touch in the 1966 Chevrolet El Camino. Of the 15 Magic-Mirror acrylic colors for 1966, six were new.
Prices increased only slightly: The pop­ular Custom V-8 model now started at $2,504, compared to $2,461 for the 1965 edition. That did no damage to sales. Model-year production topped 35,000, marking the second straight year that El Camino demand rose from the previous season.

1966 Chevrolet El Camino
1966 Chevrolet El Camino was available
in 15 Magic-mirror colors.

While Chevrolet restyled its regular truck lines for 1967, the El Camino shared a facelift of its '66 design with Chevelle. A bolder grille and redesigned front fenders added a squared prominence to the frontal appearance. A chrome block-letter El Camino nameplate appeared on the leading edge of the hood. At the rear, "cheese-wedge" taillights improved nighttime visibility of the vehicle from the sides. Back-up lamps moved back down into the bumper.

The El Camino Custom newly featured a full-width woodgrain trim panel on the tailgate, a tony touch that seemed a bit out of place on the hotter-performing El Caminos. A new thin molding that edged a lower-body sheetmetal crease replaced the rocker moldings of previous Cus­tom models. Standards had a less-detailed mold­ing in the same location. There were no wheelhouse moldings this year.

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