Ray Pagni wasn’t looking for a classic vehicle when he came across this 1965 Chevrolet El Camino ten years ago, but confesses he was able to ‘get away with it because it was an automatic’. That 2-speed Powerglide transmission meant his wife could participate in the cruising fun, which she does quite frequently, using the El Camino as her daily driver. “She’s in it every day or darn near close to it,’ said Ray.
“Everything is basically stock, including the factory 327ci V8 and the Marina Blue interior. The only things that have been changed are the Cragar wheels and the reinforcement plate in the bed.”
Ray doesn’t know too much about his classic Chevy’s history prior to its stint in the Midwest, but does conclude it spent time in a much warmer climate. “It has factory air conditioning leading me to believe it was ordered as a southern car.”
A carpenter by trade, Ray uses the vehicle to haul ‘pretty much anything – lumber, tools and always the family Christmas tree.’ “Driving is just pure fun. They are a fantastic reminder of the past and you always get thumbs-up from people on the highways who appreciate seeing them.”
Despite its humble demeanor, this El Camino always turns more than a few heads, continually attracting interested buyers.
“Since my wife takes this pretty often to her job, all her coworkers know and recognize the car. She’ll park it out front and will always have people see it from the road and pull in. They’ll ask the receptionist who owns it and will be directed right to my wife. They’ll eagerly go in the back of the shop to approach her about buying it. It’s happened so much, she won’t even look up when she firmly and quickly says, ‘Its not for sale!'”
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