The 396 (6.5 L) engine is added to the options sheet for the 1966 model year. The new engine allows the El Camino to turn in consistent mid to low 14 second tines in the quarter mile. This year the El Camino line shares its sheet metal with the Chevelle as well as offering similar trim options. The bare bones El Camino is similar to the Chevelle 300 entry level line-up and equipped with a bench seat with vinyl floor covering, but the Custom version is outfitted like the Malibu, with uptown cloth/vinyl interior with a carpeted floor and could also include the strato swivel bucket seats plus a console.
This roadster body was originally a 1932 Ford, but the dash is '40 Ford then upgraded to new gauges that retain the vintage look. The steering wheel is also from a '40 Ford and the original looking seats have been recovered with genuine leather. The engine is a Pontiac 400 that has been bored to .030 over-size and then fitted with tri-power from a '59 Pontiac. The undercarriage looks just as good as the rest of the vehicle, with many chrome plated accessories-including the Winners V8 quick-change differential with 3.70 gearing. The matching '41 rear rims are fitted with Firestone dirt track ribbed rubber.