The Chevrolet El Camino might seem to be an oddball in the present day, however it was all the fashion throughout its heyday. Though the El Camino was conceived to emulate the Ford Ranchero, the Chevy captured the limelight.
So, let’s have a look again on the mannequin’s historical past with Donut Media.
The Ranchero got here to market in 1957 and Chevrolet rapidly responded with its El Camino in 1959. Nevertheless, gross sales tanked shortly after the primary mannequin yr and the truck was rapidly discontinued. Chevrolet gave the phase another go, and this time, the El Camino shared its underpinnings with the Chevelle. That is good as a result of the Chevelle rapidly grew to become Chevy’s entrant into the muscle automotive phase with the Tremendous Sport (SS), which actually started to warmth up within the mid-1960s.
And the Chevelle’s goodies made their solution to the El Camino, too.
The El Camino had a banner yr in 1968 when Chevy stuffed its 396-cubic-inch V-Eight underneath its hood—sufficient for 375 horsepower. Two years later, earlier than anybody may conceive of an oil embargo, Chevy stuffed a 454 big-block V-Eight rated at 450 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque underneath the El Camino SS’ lengthy hood. Yee haw!
All good issues should come to an finish, as they are saying.
The 1970s noticed the gasoline disaster tame these V-8s, however Chevrolet nonetheless bought a document variety of El Caminos 1973. The SS was lengthy gone, however the common truck gained extra gear in bid to woo private luxurious coupe consumers on the lookout for some utility.
By 1987, gross sales slumped and Chevrolet pulled the truck from the U.S. market. To at the present time, nevertheless, the El Camino reminds us there’s nothing improper with just a little enterprise up entrance, and social gathering within the again.
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