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October 16, 1958 – Chevrolet releases the El Camino
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October 16, 1958 – Chevrolet releases the El Camino

On this day in 1958 Chevrolet introduced the El Camino for the 1959 model year, two years after Ford debuted its car-truck mix, the Ranchero. Chevrolet stylist Chuck Jordan reported that Chevrolet general manager Harley Earl had suggested a coupé pickup as early as 1952. It was a nod to the fact that GM had been producing the Ute, a car/truck vehicle, in Australia since the 1930s. The origins of the mass produced coupe utility truck can be traced to a 1932 letter. An Australian farmer penned the note to Ford Motor Company asking for a vehicle she and her husband could drive to church on Sundays and haul pigs on Mondays. Her letter inspired Ford designer Lew Brandt to craft the 1934 coupe utility released by Ford. Mind you, only Australian dealers sold these vehicles new, along with...
Dusty & Rusty – 1959 Chevrolet El Camino – $4,500
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Dusty & Rusty – 1959 Chevrolet El Camino – $4,500

Yesterday we celebrated the release of the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino, so when this one came across my screen, I had to put it on blast. Though this one appears to have gone through a blast or two of its own. Listed for $4,500 on Craigslist outside of Spokane, Washington, this ElCo is in need of some serious help. It appears to have been sitting long enough for a tree to start growing through the rear bumper. I've always been drawn to '59 Chevys. I attribute part of my affection to the fact my father drove one as his first car. If memory serves correctly, he picked up for a whopping $100. The love transcends this anecdote, for the style is so unique for the year, mostly in the rear. Those horizontal cat eye fins designed by Bob Cadaret are the perfect blend of fierceness and elegance...

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