February 1980

1980 Chevrolet El Camino Royal Knight adChevrolet sported-up the appearance of El Camino by adding a little Pontiac-like flash with the optional Royal Knight package.

However, as the fuel economy-focused headline alludes, the package was basically all looks.

Dramatic dragons
Royal Knight logoFor 1980 the El Camino received, along with minor engine enhancements, very minor visual updates (such as prominently-vertical grill bars, opposed to 1979’s prominently-horizontal grill bars). Overall, the car was mostly carry-over.

Having been introduced for the 1979 model year, the optional Royal Knight package likewise continued unchanged. Sitting below the SS version of the El Camino, the Royal Knight was essentially an appearance-only package.

The package came with several graphics: a large hood decal depicting two fire-seething dragons clinging to a black shield, “Royal Knight” script decals applied to the front fenders and tailgate, and three-color body-side stripes that spanned the front fenders, doors, rear quarter panels and tailgate.

On the slightly performance-enhancing front were the large front air dam, Rally wheels, and sport side mirrors from the SS.

On the business end, the ad states the El Camino has a 6.5-foot cargo box capable of carrying 1,250 pounds (including cargo, and passengers).

The Royal Knight package would be offered from 1979 through 1983.


(Click the thumbnail below to see the complete ad in much higher detail.)

1980 Chevrolet El Camino Royal Knight ad

1980 Chevrolet El Camino Royal Knight ad


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