“A car is just a car, but an El Camino is a lifestyle.”
That’s the word from urbandictionary.com as it boosts the Chevy El Camino as a super-cool ride for stylin’ and profilin.’
The 1959 model has to be considered the greatest El Camino because of its pure chutzpah. The gaudy space-age styling of the ’59 Chevy sedan goes a long way when translated into a car-based pickup with tailfins. And as they might have said at mid-century: Dig that crazy roofline.
The Pick of the Week is a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino survivor, a clean and original base model with just 36,154 miles showing on its odometer, although the seller says in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com that there is no documentation proving the mileage to be real. But considering the truck’s overall condition, the seller adds, “It could be.”
“I state that because the shift linkage, steering and door hinges are nice and tight without excessive slop that would be common with higher miles,” says the Auburn Hills, Michigan, dealer. “The floors are solid and show no signs of rust issues or previous repairs.”
Despite being a base model with a straight-six, three-speed stick shift, manual brakes and steering, and essentially no options, the Chevy apparently enjoyed a life of ease.
“Clearly intended to be a work truck, its use appears to have been quite gentle,” the seller says. “The bed is in amazingly good condition. There are no signs of deep gouges, dents or rust.
“Although it was repainted many years ago, it kept its original colors. The paint has dulled to a really nice low-gloss patina, and even though there are some isolated areas of chipping and flaking, the overall appearance has a really nice vintage look to it.”
This rare piece of ’50s kitsch has an asking price of $24,900, which sounds like a fair deal considering its unusual originality. Hopefully, whoever gets it will tread lightly and appreciate its stock form rather than slathering on custom upgrades and a garish paint job.
Because as the seller states, “This is a great old truck that can be used and enjoyed for many years to come.”