Bodacious Beaters and Roadgoing Derelicts – Abu Dhabi Edition – 1975 El Camino

W Christian Mental Ward
by W Christian Mental Ward
bodacious beaters and roadgoing derelicts abu dhabi edition 1975 el camino

There is another redneck in Abu Dhabi. I have been unsuccessful unable in meeting him, but how else would you explain the presence of this “My Name is Earl” 1975 El Camino beauty?

There is a collector car club in Abu Dhabi, but old classics are rare in this part of the world; the only others cars I have sited have been a 1966 Buick Rivera near the Burj Kalifa in Dubai;

And this 1974 Ferrari Daytona Spyder;

This is in part due to regulations; only actual residents of the UAE are allowed to import cars more than 5 years old. The vast majority of the actual residents prefer Nissan Patrols and Land Cruisers. The big Mercs and Bimmers are for weekend.

It is also in part to the mentality of the younger generation. Everything here is new and shiny. One of the oldest buildings here is the Inter-Continental Hotel and it was built in the 1970’s. New is to be expected in a nation only 41 years old. Classics haven’t caught on here yet, but in the meantime, I no longer notice the Maseratis, 458 Italias and Lambos, as they are so plentiful.

A malaise era Elky is a horse of another color. It stands out here. The fellow that owns this needs a proper hybrid of a truck and a car. He needs “الطريق.” The primered bed with the diamond plate tells me he ain’t afraid to use the mullet end of this otherwise well preserved example, but the interior wrapped in plastic (very common here) tells me he still loves the old gal.

That hood triangle? Yeah, I got nothing.

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  • Lon888 Lon888 on Aug 06, 2013

    ...And those gaudy wheels on the Daytona. It has to be either Cromodora Daytonas or Borrani wires - nothing else will do!

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Aug 14, 2013

    What sort of parking job is this, besides awful?

  • FreedMike I don't know why this dash shocks anyone - the whole "touchscreen uber alles" thing is pure Tesla.
  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.