Chevrolet’s ground-pounding LS6 454 cubic-inch “massive block” V8 was solely accessible for 2 quick years, and just one yr in automobiles aside from the Corvette. In 1970, consumers of the Chevelle and El Camino may go for the 450-horsepower mill, which additionally cranked out a formidable 500 pound-feet of torque. Some fans really feel that each of these numbers had been intentionally underrated by Chevy to maintain insurance coverage firms from having a match, particularly if the engines had been fitted with aftermarket tubular exhaust manifolds (a.okay.a., “headers”).
Some may argue that the El Camino is a utility coupe, not a real truck, however with a cargo mattress greater than six and a half ft lengthy, longer than many fashionable crew-cab pickups, we’re simply wonderful doling out the truck designation. To order the LS6, El Camino consumers first needed to go for the Tremendous Sport (SS) package deal, which included a particular grill, bulged hood, upgraded wheels, suspension, and extra.
The beastly LS6 454 might be backed by Chevy’s heavy-duty Turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed computerized transmission or the equally hefty Muncie M22 4-speed handbook, nicknamed the “rock crusher” due to the noise created when shifting attributable to its decreased gear angles. Reportedly, solely 500 El Caminos had been LS6 geared up, making this the rarest engine on this checklist.
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