The 1956 Buick Centurion dream car was the first car with a dash mounted TV screen integrating a rear view camera. Some high priced vehicles began offering the technology in the early 1970's. It took until early in the twenty-first century for them to become available as a higher end option most manufacturers and then a further ten years for them to start being used commonly as a basic equipment in many automobiles and now is a common option on even entry level models.
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.
The Chrysler "B" body, mid-size platform, is the source of the moniker "Super Bee", The success of the mid-sized Roadrunner and Charger models led to the introduction of the SuperBee in 1968. The first year it is only available as a pillared hard top, but in '69 a pillerless version is also an option. A factory correct 1969 SuperBee is powered by the base 383 Magnum, 440 six pack or the 426 Hemi.
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