This 1959 Chevy El Camino Is More Luxurious Than Most Modern Cars

Crossovers meant something else in the 1950s when Chevy came up with the original El Camino. Still, this model successfully blended the low-slung styling of a traditional passenger car with an open bed behind the cabin and used a body-on-frame construction.
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Photo: Mecum
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Made in response to the Ford Ranchero, which came out in 1957, two years before the first-gen Chevy El Camino entered production, it quickly became an icon. The bowtie brand kept making it for nearly three more decades before pulling the plug on it after the 1987 model year when it was in the fifth generation.

Its direct rival from the Blue Oval ceased production in 1979, and not many people know this, but Dodge also gave it a shot at the segment with the Rampage. Over 37,000 copies are estimated to have been assembled between 1982 and 1984 at the Belvidere factory in Illinois, and it shared its nuts and bolts with the era's Charger and Plymouth Turismo.

Whether it is the boxier later generations or the first one with its soft looks, most people have a favorite Chevrolet El Camino. If yours is the original, then stick around, as this gorgeous copy is looking for a new home. It is a 1959 model, the first year of assembly, which has received an extensive amount of work and a 502 ci V8 GM crate engine with fuel injection paired with an automatic transmission.

1959 Chevrolet El Camino
Photo: Mecum
The new unit has a larger displacement than the mills that were available for it back day, which included a 348 and a 283 ci V8s and a 235 straight-six with manual and automatic gearboxes. It also features front disc brakes, power steering, and adjustable front coilovers, among others.

Depending on the way light reflects on it, this 1959 Chevrolet El Camino may appear to be either black or burgundy. However, the exterior paint finish is brown. It rides on American Racing wheels that measure 18 inches at the front and 20 at the rear and features the correct chrome trim all around.

Opening the door will reveal the elegant interior that boasts tan leather upholstery, and it is a true spectacle over there, as you can see in the images that Mecum released. This car will hit the auction block at the Kissimmee event in Florida shortly after New Year's Eve, as it will kick off on January 2 and end twelve days later.

According to the auction house, this El Camino is one of the event's stars and will be offered at no reserve. Due to its perfect presentation and serious V8 engine, it is expected to fetch between $80,000 and $100,000. Thus, it's clearly not a vehicle for the average Joe, but then again, everyone already knew that.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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