The 1959 El Camino 1st Generation is automative art from Chas Sinklier aka VivaChas. It is one of the illustrations for this series on the Generations of the Chevrolet El Camino. The First Generation ran from 1959 to 1960. The 59 Chevy El Camino was in response to Ford’s introduction of the Ranchero UTE in 1967. The El Camino and Ranchero are light pickups built on two-door station wagon chassis. You should get this print of the 1959 El Camino for your walls or on other products before the gift giving rush! Buy it Now! ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!! Click Here to Shop 59 El Camino Art from Chas!
El Camino 1st Generation Commercial!
El Camino The Most Beautiful Thing Ever Build To Shoulder a Load! Video Source: ACDelco Connect
El Camino 1st Generation Stats
The El Camino 1st Generation “run lasted only two years 1959 and 1960. Production resumed for the 1964–1977 model years based on the Chevelle platform. It carried on for the 1978–1987 model years based on the GM G-body platform.” – – –
“Ford Australia was the first company to produce a coupé utility! It happened because of a 1932 letter from the wife of a farmer in Victoria, Australia. She asked for ‘a vehicle to go to church in on a Sunday’ – and – ‘which can carry our pigs to market on Mondays’! Ford designer Lew Bandt developed a suitable solution! The first coupé utility model appeared in 1934. Bandt went on to manage Ford’s Advanced Design Department. He ramrodded the body engineering of the XP, XT, XW, and XA series Ford Falcon utilities. General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden also produced a Chevrolet coupé utility in 1935. Studebaker produced the Coupé Express from 1937 to 1939. The body style did not reappear on the American market until the release of the 1957 Ford Ranchero.” Source: Historical Coupe Utility Wiki
Fifties Truck Styling was Stylin’
The mid-1955 introduction of Chevrolet’s Cameo Carrier pickup truck helped pave the way for the El Camino. Although it was a model variant of Chevrolet’s Task Force light-duty pickup. The Cameo offered an array of car-like features that included passenger-car styling! And it sported fiberglass rear fenders. It had two-tone paint as well as luxurious interior. An optional V8 engine and automatic transmission made it go! The GMC version they called the GMC Suburban Carrier. And that naturally had the same features offered on the Chevrolet. In 1957 a special version called the Palomino appeared at National Car Shows. It had a Pontiac 347 cu in (5.7 L) V8 installed borrowed from the 1957 Star Chief. All together a pretty cool arrangement! ~;0) Source: Cameo Carrier
VivaChas’ Interpretation of 1960 El Camino 1st Generation
Furthermore it’s said that the legendary Harley Earl first suggest making a coupe utility in the States in 1952! Chevy missed that chance to best the competition. “Like the Ranchero, it was based on an existing modified platform. It used the new-for-1959 Brookwood two-door station wagon. And that was the completely redesigned, longer, lower and wider full-sized Chevrolet. Highly stylized, it initially sold 50% more briskly than the more conservative Ranchero! 1959 Score 22,000 El Caminos to 14,000 Rancheros that year!
Hot Rod magazine conducted a test of an El Camino equipped with the hottest powertrain combination available in early 1959! It was powered by a 315 bhp (235 kW; 319 PS), triple-carb, solid-lifter 348 V8! That mill mated to a four-speed trany. Staff testers clocked 0-60 mph times of around seven seconds! The estimated top speed was 130 mph (210 km/h). And they predicted 14-second/100-mph quarter-mile performance with a rear-axle ratio for drag racing installed.” – Speculative But Zoomy! ~;0) Source: El Camino Stats
More El Camino 1st Generation Stats for 1960!
So the Beat Goes on for one more year in 1960. “The less flamboyant 1960 model started at $2366 for the six-cylinder model. It cost another $107 for a V8 with the two-barrel 283. The ’60 El Camino still sported that Bel Air look! And inside Biscayne/Brookwood appointments persisted. Seat were cloth and vinyl in gray, blue, and green. The base 283-cid V8 was detuned for fuel economy. And rated at 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS). The fuel-injected engines were officially gone. Orders plummeted by a third! Just 14,163 El Caminos made it out the door. That’s when Chevrolet discontinued the model.” El Camino was Gone! Baby-Boomers need more room than the three abreast El Camino 1st Generation seating.
1959 Chevrolet Truck & El Camino Commercial featuring Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and the Boys!
Roy Roger and Dale Evans were Big Stars in the 40’s and 50’s so their endorsement in this Chevy Truck Commercial carried a lot of weight back in the day! And see if you can spot a different and more wholesome attitude about something touted as sinister in today’s Politically Correct scene! Video Source: captainbijou.com
Interview with a ’60 El Camino 1st Generation – Owner/Restorer
Video Source: vintagevehicleshow’s channel
A Word About Chevy’s Revenge!
Yeah Pickup Truck Advertising is a Dog-Eat-Dog Business! Ford and Chevy have had a Fabled Rivalry since early in the last Century! In this Video – a Chevy Commercial – Chevy goes Bed-to-Bed with the Silverado PU with a Steel Bed versus the Ford F-150 and its Aluminum Body! Let’s have some competitive automotive Fun and see what happens!! Video Source: Chevrolet
Just One More Thing!
Just One More Thing before we go! This Art and Story from VivaChas is the First in the Multi-Part Series on the Generations of Camaro. Last week we did the Generations of Ranchero. That’s Right! We’re alternating the Stories of each Chevy El Camino Story with the Ford Ranchero Stories! – I don’t know ’bout you guys – But! – I’m having a lot of fun with this Double-Series! – Don’t miss next time when we’ll be looking at the 2nd Generation of Ranchero! – So you don’t miss an episode why don’t you subscribe to the VivaChas Newsletter? Obviously it’s free – And! – We don’t share, sell, rent or give-away your email address. Don’t miss a single VivaChas Hot Rod Story! – Kick Back! Have a Little Fun with VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!!! ~;0)