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    I've been lucky enough to have driven one of these - a bone stock example. Convertible SS 396/automatic.

    One of the big contrasts, then vs. now, is that you barely had to touch the gas to get ample power to move at a good clip. The big block V-8 produced tremendous low-end torque and the car was geared to take advantage of this.

    It was also dangerously powerful, if you know what I mean! The engine's power easily overwhelmed the capacity of the suspension/tires to control it. So you modulated the delivery with your right foot and by countersteering. This bit of fun is almost completely absent from modern cars. I miss it! While new cars are quicker, numbers-wise, the sensation of furious acceleration is less.

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    Even cooler was the El Camino SS396. Really fast, yet pretty damn practical as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieseleverything View Post
    Even cooler was the El Camino SS396. Really fast, yet pretty damn practical as well.
    Love 'em (also the similar GMC Caballero and the Ford Ranchero).

    I'd be tempted to pick one up (even a later model with "just" a 350 or even a 305).

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