1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

1987 El Camino SS-The end of an Era

While walking amongst the sea of cars at a recent Goodguys Rod and Custom event I spotted a factory-fresh 1987 El Camino SS. It looked clean from a distance but we’ve all been fooled by this metal mirage before. Once upon this truck; err, car it was very apparent the owner took extremely good care of it. As if it was teleported from the dealership floor to the garage floor without a mile driven in-between.

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

I soon found myself in a conversation with Benny Ellis, the proud owner of not only this 1987 El Camino SS but another very low mileage El Camino. The question needed to be asked. Why El Caminos, and why late model El Caminos? “I’m a GM guy and I’ve always had a fascination with the El Caminos. I like them all! I really like the G-body, and since the ‘87 is the last year it is the most attractive to me” he said.

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

Twenty years prior Benny had purchased the 1987 El Camino SS, but after selling it, the regret was almost instantaneous. So, like many before him, the search for a replacement of the “One that got away” was always in the back of his head. Periodically he would search online to see what was out there but it wasn’t until about a year ago in early spring he came upon an ad in Auto Trader that would finally peak his interest.

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

As if he was preparing for a final exam, Benny began researching the history of this car. The original owner was an employee of GM and likely ordered the car to his specifications. It was delivered to Simms Chevrolet in Clio, Michigan and he kept it for the first 27 years. After that, it changed hands a couple times before Benny had it delivered sight-unseen on April 5, 2017, from sunny Florida to sunnier Arizona. Since he previously owned one in this same color combination and it had low mileage, Benny said “I had to have it.”

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve


Once purchasing the car a few subtle upgrades and touches were done to refine this model – the last ever Elco model produced.

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

New polished American 5-spokes and tires, a sprayed-in bed liner, Retro Sound radio and Smartfilm clear paint protection on the front are the only things that are not as it was when originally delivered from the factory.

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

The car runs and drives so well that for right now Benny is just driving and enjoying it. Although, the thoughts of swapping in an LT1 376ci/6.2L, 460 HP engine and 4L70-E four-speed automatic transmission combo along with upgrading the suspension have slowly been tugging at his GM heart strings.

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

For Benny, this car is like being reacquainted with an old friend after not seeing them for 20 years. This relationship runs deep!

1987 El Camino SS, Fuel Curve

Born and raised in New York, it wasn't until Terry moved to Arizona that his love for photography and vehicles merged into a passion. Terry has always photographed vehicles since he was young but it wasn't until he started shooting autocross at Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events that led to more opportunities. Since then, he's covered various motorsport events and worked with corporations within the performance market. Terry has always had a love for trucks and has owned several, including lifted and lowered ones. Currently, he's working on finishing his 1972 F-100 Flareside.

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