October 16, 1958 – Chevrolet introduces the El Camino

On this day in 1958 Chevrolet introduced the El Camino for 1959, after Ford debuted its car/truck mix, the Ranchero, for the 1957 model year. Chevrolet stylist Chuck Jordan had said that general manager of Chevrolet Harley Earl had suggested a coupe pickup in 1952, as Chevrolet had been producing the Ute, a car/truck vehicle, in Australia since the 1930s.

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