As we’re sitting here quietly, waiting for General Motors to make its move, a restoration shop from Alabama is bringing back the El Camino with Camaro underpinnings. Casados Design is how these guys are called, and their one-off pickup looks pretty good after ten weeks of sweat and swearing.
This ute is fabricated from steel and aluminum from the B-pillars back, and this also happens to be the final mockup before the “El Camarino” gets welded together piece by piece. Formed by hand, rolled, and hammered into shape, these panels complement a five-foot (1.5-meter) bed and a TIG-welded roll bar.
Casados Design hasn’t mentioned what kind of powerplant is hiding under the sleek-looking hood, but chances are that we’re dealing with an LS3 at the very least and an LSA at the most. When it was brand-spanking new for the 2010 model year, the pushrod V8 was rated at 426 horsepower in free-breathing form while the supercharged version cranks out 580 ponies.
By comparison, the El Camino for the 1970 model year topped 450 horsepower with the LS6 big-block V8 thanks to a four-barrel Holley carb, solid lifters, a more aggressive camshaft, and a low-rise aluminum intake.