Imagine a vehicle at the intersection of a coupe and a pickup—the legendary GM designer Harley Earl did in 1952. By 1959 the Chevrolet El Camino was introduced to service the burgeoning post WWII generation who earned their living with their hands.
The El Camino looked more like a car than a truck—a revolutionary design concept for the time. It’s counterpart of the day—the Ford Ranchero. While lacking the power of a truck, the back bed gave otherwise unavailable utility to a car-like vehicle. The coupe-utility vehicle began production in 1959. The marque ended its run in 1987.
Today, AUTOROTICA is salivating over the first in this long-line of market-changing vehicles—the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino, of which a scant 22,000+ were produced.
Primary image via Motor Trend Magazine.