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Great Cars that Left Us Too Soon: Chevrolet El Camino

Last updated 4 years ago

Produced in the late 1950s, and then again in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, the Chevrolet El Camino was one of the automaker’s most classic vehicles. Technically classified as a two-door truck, Chevrolet fancied it a coupe utility vehicle that combined elements of a truck with that of a coupe. Read on to take a closer look at the production history, performance specifications, and culture of the Chevrolet El Camino:

Production History

Chevrolet debuted the El Camino for the 1959 model year and based it off of the Chevrolet Impala. Sadly, Americans weren’t ready for the futuristic style of the 1959 El Camino, so the car was produced for only one year. Four years later, Chevrolet re-introduced the El Camino for the 1964 model year. Without its “batwing” fins and “cat’s eye” taillights, Americans found it easier to love—so much so that the El Camino was produced for 23 more years, until 1987.

Performance and Utility

The Chevrolet El Camino was legitimately useful to Americans, as it offered an attractive ride, plenty of utility, and a variety of powertrains. Initially, the Chevy El Camino came with either a 2-speed Powerglide automatic, or a 3- or 4-speed manual transmission. Its engines ranged from a 3.2-liter V6 to a 6.5-liter V8. When muscle cars were the rage in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, the Chevrolet El Camino was available with a 7.4-liter V8 SS engine that made a monstrous 450 horsepower.


There was a little something for everybody in the Chevrolet El Camino. Muscle car fans, car customizers, farmers, and even families were enticed by the car-truck’s combination of quirkiness and practicality. Even today, the Chevy El Camino is a collector’s item, with the 1970 Chevy El Camino SS545 commanding the most value.

At the moment, nobody is really sure whether the Chevrolet El Camino will be brought back into production. While you wait, come to Jerry’s Chevrolet to test drive a number of used and new Chevrolets. Visit us on the web to check out our inventory online, and call us at (443) 588-2670 for more information.


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