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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 11, 3:48 AM Thread Starter
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1973 El Camino SS 454/4 speed

I happened to come across this car. I'm not a big fan of this body style but the fact that it is an original SS with a 454 and 4 speed got my attention a little. Car is all there and appears to be mostly original. It is in fair condition but will definitely need a paint job as the entire car is covered with surface rust. Any idea on what something like this worth? Is this body style starting to get more attention?
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post #2 of 60 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 11, 7:32 AM
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Re: 1973 El Camino SS 454/4 speed

Dont know what its worth but I like the body style on those .Got any pics to share ?
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The only thing that makes these cars ugly, is the federal bumpers, but I hear they have a kit to remove the spacers and move the bumpers where they belong. I've seen a few with the bumper mod, and it improves looks tremendously. They still aren't bringing $ here, I see people trying to push prices, but reality is, a really nice one is 3.5-5k, and I've seen nice ones sell for 2.8k, beaters bwtween 1.5-2k. Had a friend a couple years back got a great deal on one for about $800, nice s.b. ride with red velvet interior....

Don't get me wrong, I see them asking 6.5-8k all the time, but I've never seen one trade hands for that kind of $.....

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Any pics?
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The only thing that makes these cars ugly, is the federal bumpers, but I hear they have a kit to remove the spacers and move the bumpers where they belong. I've seen a few with the bumper mod, and it improves looks tremendously. They still aren't bringing $ here, I see people trying to push prices, but reality is, a really nice one is 3.5-5k, and I've seen nice ones sell for 2.8k, beaters bwtween 1.5-2k. Had a friend a couple years back got a great deal on one for about $800, nice s.b. ride with red velvet interior....

Don't get me wrong, I see them asking 6.5-8k all the time, but I've never seen one trade hands for that kind of $.....
The really nice cars (Chevelle or El Camino) are bringing much stronger money than 8K. I wish I could have bought my car for even 10K. A nice low mileage car with a 454 and a 4 speed will bring in the mid to high twenties with no problem. I know of several that have traded hands in the last 3 years, including my 18,000 mile car that I purchased 18 months ago. A 454 4 speed car is extremely rare, like about 600 made overall. The problem is, they are not as mainstream as the 64-72 cars. People are starting to recognize them more and more though. My car was 1 of 8 built in Canada. I showed the car at Hershey this past fall and had people 2 and 3 deep around the car all day.

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post #7 of 60 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 11, 6:17 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1973 El Camino SS 454/4 speed

I figured this was a fairly rare car with the 4-speed. I didn't run any numbers but the car looks unmolested so I would be surpised if it wasn' t numbers matching.
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The only thing that makes these cars ugly, is the federal bumpers, but I hear they have a kit to remove the spacers and move the bumpers where they belong. I've seen a few with the bumper mod, and it improves looks tremendously. They still aren't bringing $ here, I see people trying to push prices, but reality is, a really nice one is 3.5-5k, and I've seen nice ones sell for 2.8k, beaters bwtween 1.5-2k. Had a friend a couple years back got a great deal on one for about $800, nice s.b. ride with red velvet interior....

Don't get me wrong, I see them asking 6.5-8k all the time, but I've never seen one trade hands for that kind of $.....

Maybe all-the-time for a regular small block cars with very few options. If you find a really nice 73 SS 454, black on black, buckets, console, air, tac, 3.73 posi, all numbers matching with the drivetrain all fresh, for the 3.5-5K it would be a steal. I'd bet you'd want three times that if you had one in your garage.

They don't bring the money the early models bring, especially non-optioned cars, but if you find a BB car you better grab it becasue the bb cars numbers are very low and this vintage era of chevelles have been pretty much wiped out for scrap and racing. Go to a car show, dozens of the early chevelles with many big blocks. You won't likely see a bb 73-76 chevelle very often anywhere.

I think what makes them not very appealing is the huge wheel wells and small tires. Put a 245/60/15 up front and a 295/50/15 in back and they actually look pretty good. They drive amazing too. Way better than any of my earlier chevelles.

As for being a 4-speed,,,yes,, very, very rare with the 454.

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20K range for a 73 SS454 El Camino? I dont mind the look of those cars either but I dont know about that price. That would be a tough sell for even somewhere in the teens. These style cars just arent in that range. Not matter the rarity or not.

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Did those 454 cars come with M22's, or did they get standard Muncies.

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Did those 454 cars come with M22's, or did they get standard Muncies.

Actually I think they got Sagi Bags (Saginaws)... Haha!

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Last year I got a call about this car. A 76 U code 400 SS. I would have paid a whole helleva lot more than the $4500 I paid for it. But the paint was outstandine and everything worked. It needed the front seat redone and the weatherstrip replaced.




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Did those 454 cars come with M22's, or did they get standard Muncies.
Mine has an M-21 Close ratio Muncie with a 3:42 Posi. It pulls and runs very strong.

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20K range for a 73 SS454 El Camino? I dont mind the look of those cars either but I dont know about that price. That would be a tough sell for even somewhere in the teens. These style cars just arent in that range. Not matter the rarity or not.
I personally know of 1 El Camino and 2 Chevelles that have traded at, or above 20K in the last 18 months. The 2 Chevelles traded for 21K and 26.5K respectively. The Chevelles both traded right on ebay and both were real sales.

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Re: 1973 El Camino SS 454/4 speed

I just think that body style is strange. Only my opinion.
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