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Chevrolet El Camino (1959)


Chevrolet El Camino (1959)

What did you get if you mixed a car with a truck back in the 1950s? Well, usually a compromise of both, but it wasn't as simple as that with the El Camino. It was launched by Chevrolet in response to Ford's car-based Ranchero and was beautifully styled inside and out, so it felt more like the glamorous cars of the era. Yet it had a huge loading bed, which meant that it found favor with many image-conscious small businesses. The car was based on the station wagon but had obvious traits straight from the sedans too, with the huge fins, cat eye tail lights, and headlamp eyebrows. Underneath the live axle had extra location with both a Panhard rod and torque arm, therefore reducing wheel hop while accelerating. And the car could do that in abundance, thanks to the top-option 348ci (5.7-liter) V8, which put it ahead of many performance sedans of the time.

Chevrolet El Camino (1959) Specifications

Top speed:131 mph (210 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):8.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:348 ci (5,702 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:315 bhp (235 kW) @ 5,600 rpm
Max torque:357 lb ft (484 Nm) @ 3,600 rpm
Weight:3,881 lb (1,764 kg)
Economy:11.8 mpg (4.17 km/I)
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