For $12,000, What The El?

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Called “El Cedes”, by its seller, today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe custom El Camino carries so much audacity that you may wonder if it has room for anything else. Of course it’s up to you to determine if its price is also weighing it down.

When given the choice at a fine dining establishment, I always like to start with the super salad. I mean with a name like that it has to be good, right? A statistically relevant 69% of you felt the price of yesterday’s Supra-powered Hilux was pretty super too, giving it a Nice Price win. We’re going to stick with the pickups today, only the modifications on our current candidate aren't only under the skin.


By its fourth generation, Chevy’s A-body El Camino proved itself an exemplar of the American dream, having grown fat, lethargic, and grotesque in its proportions. If it had managed to poop out a child, it would have named her Elke Boo-Boo.

This 1973 El Camino - El Cedes - seeks to rehabilitate that model’s reputation by eliminating much that was wrong and replacing it with a melange of slat and strake and Mercedes SEC front clip. The end result of the effort is a car most likely to engender the singular response- well Mabel, there’s something you don’t see every day.


The foundation for El Cedes is the body-on-frame 4th-gen El Camino, which as we all know rode on the Chevelle station wagon frame, and was offered with engines ranging from the milquetoast 250-CID inline six all the way up to the 245-bhp 454. Transmission options were less diverse, offering up only a choice of 3- or 4-speed stick, or the tried and true Turbo Hydra-Matic, in 3-cog form.

This beast rocks the 454, but it’s been heavily breathed upon and probably pumps out more ponies than when stock. That’s backed up by the automatic, which is topped by a B&M shifter that looks like something out of an S&M club - yes mistress.


The body is an amazing mix of ’82 SEC nose, long-straked doors leading into widened fenders, and topped by an extended bed cowl. The only really jarring element is the box spoiler in back.


The rest of the car- the slatted tail lamps, Boyd Coddington wheels, and fly yellow paint - all combined looks pretty awesome. That is, unless you’re some sort of El Camino purist or something.


One popular description of the mullet hair style is that it’s all business up front and a call-the-cops party out back. With its serious Mercedes nose fronting the hot mess of the remaining mods, this custom El Camino likewise epitomizes that classification.

Wild as it is, you might be surprised to learn that this car resides not in that bastion of paint huffing decision-making, Florida, but in San Antonio Texas. They say everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, and now it’s up to you to determine if that includes El Cedes’ price.


The seller is asking for $12,000 for his custom ‘Camino, and claims to have documentation putting the car’s appraised value at twenty nine grand. Of course, those papers and $4.75 will buy you a Starbucks grande latte, and little more.

What you now need to vote on is whether it’s worth that twelve large. What do you think, is El Cedes worth that much dinero? Or, is this an El Camino that’s not worth that much truck?


You decide!


San Antonio Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Darrell and his other brother, Darrell for the hookup!

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