May 25, 2021
We learned in the brochure that the 1959 Chevy El Camino was “…an all-new vehicle that you have to see and drive to believe!” and saw it called it “the handsomest of all commercial vehicles, by far.” Not sure why it took the North American market so long to warm-up to this car/truck mash-up, as they’d been popular in Australia for years prior to Ford introducing the Ranchero for MY 1957. The El Camino was Chevy’s response — Chevy and Ford almost always responded to one another’s new models. The El Camino lasted through model year 1987 (with a three-year hiatus from 1961-63), while the Ranchero bowed out after MY 1979. We saw this nice two-tone Elky a few weeks ago on a bicycle trip to Akron.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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