Third Generation. 1968-1972
This generation was still built on the
popular Chevelle platform and shared the new styling. In 1968 the El Camino SS was available with a 396
cubic inch motor in 325 and 350 hp versions. This big block phenomenon continued until 1970, when the new
454 V8 (360 hp) was available for only a $514 option cost. The ultimate option for 1970 was an LS-6 454
big block with 11.25:1 compression, special camshaft and solid lifters boasting 450 hp. The price for this
option? $783. This version of the Elky was tested by Hot Rod magazine and turned a 13.44 quarter-mile at
In 1968, the Elky got a big styling change. It had a "flying buttress" roof and the wheelbase was one inch longer. The overall length grew by 10 inches, and the bed size was increased. The SS-396 option included a blacked-out grill, SS emblems, a bulging hood, larger Wide-Oval tires and the lower body was given the blackout treatment.
1968 Ad Picture
1968 Pontiac Tempest Truck Prototype
1968 Sales: 41791
The Elky's appearance was slightly altered in 1969. The SS-396 got front disk brakes and red striped tires. The list price for the six-cylinder model was $2,552.00 and the V-8 powered Custom listed for $2,723.00.
1969: Owner: Craig Vanderpool
(note: Acording to the owner, the front end on this example is not 100% accurate for a 69 model)
1969 Ad Picture
1969 Sales: 48385
In 1970, the front end was blunted somewhat and the headlamps were enclosed in square bezels. The SS-396 was still available, although the engine was actually a 402 big-block. A new SS-454 debuted at mid-model year.
1970: Chevy Promotional Ad Drawing
1970 Owner: Betsy Yung
1970 Owner: "Tulsa Town"
1970 Owner: Lars Thorngren (Sweden)
1970 Sales: 47707
1971 saw the headlights changed to single Power-Beams and the grill resembled an ice-cube tray. The El Camino SS was available with 350, 396 and 454 motors.
1971: Owner: Jon ?
1971 Sales: 47606
1972's sales increased by 10,000 over the previous year's and the styling was only slightly changed.
1972: Owner Unknown
1972 Sales: 57147