You either love 'em or hate 'em. I believe there is no 'in-between' for an El Camino. And, I LOVE 'EM!
I guess my story goes back to high school - being in a band and having to borrow Mom's uncool station wagon to haul our equipment. In those days, 1976 - 1979, my fellow band members had some great custom vans (Ford, Dodge and Chevy) I enjoyed - but I had a thing for the few El Camino's I saw on the road in Southern California.
So, why me? Why the El Camino? It's not for the fact that I actual went to El Camino High School (Woodland Hills, CA) but that they were just oh so different. But then again, so was the Pinto wagon and the AMC Pacer, both of which might have done the job.
Suffice it to say, I ended up with a van - a great late 60's Dodge A100 that I wish I had to this day. It was functional - but at that time it was definitely a me-too vehicle. And over the years, making my way through college playing music - I always had a van. And for many of us - life grabs hold, we get married, have kids, and the play van goes away and is replaced eventually with a minivan.
But why the El Camino - and why a 1967? I honestly can't answer the way, except again, I just LOVE 'EM. The '67 part I can answer. My mother at one time had a 1967 Chevelle - and as many of you already know, the El Camino is just that - just in pickup form. I fondly remember her driving me around to various sporting activities, friend's homes and to see family. I remember the smell, I remember the wood grain dash inserts, etc. So when the time came (read that meaning when I received approval from my wife) to finally get my El Camino - there was no doubt in my mind that i wanted a 1967 - and it had to have the wood grain dash insert still in tact.
To make this long story short - I looked for about a year and actually found one, in great condition, less than 5 miles from my house. I immediately contacted the seller, arranged for a time to meet and drive it - and bought it that night.
I'm a happy camper - my wife puts up with it ;)
Thanks for letting me share!