10k: El Diablo: 1980 GMC Caballero Diablo

Who doesn’t love a good El Caminoized monster, something built from another vehicle and covered in crazy graphics…wait…you are saying this is stock?  GMC did what now?  Okay, got it.  The GMC Caballero was a badge engineered version of Chevrolet’s El Camino that different in little more than the nameplate.  When Chevrolet released the Royal Knight edition, GMC wanted a similarly cool graphics package and named their badboy version the Diablo.  Find this 1980 GMC Caballero Diablo offered for $12,900 CAD ($10,384 USD at printing) here on kijiji located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. 

The Caballero shares it mechanical components with the 5th generation El Camino and the A-body Malibu.  There are worse platforms to put a car on top, and the Caballero is cheap and easy to maintain for daily driving.  No scrounging the junkyard like you own an 80s Saab, just head to your nearest auto parts store and pickup just about any part that will ever need replacement.

This Diablo is free from the awesome hood graphics that was an option, but you can always pickup a set of stickers from phoenixgraphix.   If this was mine, the flaming winged devil bird thing would be on this car faster than you can say “grow a mullet”.

Power for this Diabellero comes from Chevrolet’s 305 cubic inch version of the small block V8.  The 305 has its share of fanboys and detractors, but it is a reliable if underpowered V8 from the low compression-era.  Expect around 150 horsepower and this one is mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox for tire shredding fun.

The condition of this Caballero is very nice (inside and out) and it is probably one of the better examples you’ll find outside of a museum or an asylum.

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Hat tip to K2 Mystery Car for recommending we look for a Cab-diabo.