Chevrolet El Camino History and 1959 Ads

Here is some history on the beginning of selling a car-truck they called the Chevrolet El Camino which started on October 16, 1958.

The first generation Chevrolet El Camino last two years starting with the 1959 model. It was listed and titled in North America as a truck. It was a combination sedan/pickup truck built and was built on the Impala body. Like the Chevrolet Impala, the El Camino had the same “cat’s eye” taillights and climactic rear fins. The totals for the first generation El Camino were 1959 El Camino Total 22,246 and 1960 El Camino Total 14,163.

The Ford Ranchero first generation ran from 1957-1959, two years before the new El Camino.

Chevy introduced the second generation El Camino in 1964; this one was built on the Chevelle platform. Production Totals were: 1964 El Camino Total 32,548, 1965 El Camino Total 34,724, 1966 El Camino Total 35,119, and the 1967 El Camino Total 34,830.

In 1968, the third generation Chevrolet El Camino was offered. The one had the more powerful SS engine. The made the El Camino one of the iconic muscle cars of the late 60s and 70s.

Here are the production totals for Gen 3 El Caminos:
1968 El Camino SS V8 5,190
1968 El Camino Total 41,791
1969 El Camino Total 48,385
1970 El Camino Total 47,707
1971 El Camino Total 41,606
1972 El Camino Total 57,147

The Fourth generation ran from 1973–1977.  Here are their production numbers:
1973 El Camino Total 64,987
1974 El Camino SS 4,543
1974 El Camino Total 51,223
1975 El Camino SS 3,521
1975 El Camino Total 33,620
1976 El Camino SS 5,163
1976 El Camino Total 44,890
1977 El Camino SS 5,226
1977 El Camino Total 54,321

Fifth generation (1978–1987):
1978 El Camino SS 12,027
1978 El Camino Total 54,286
1979 El Camino Total 58,008
1980 El Camino Total 40,932
1981 El Camino Total 36,711
1982 El Camino Total 22,732
1983 El Camino Total 24,010
1984 El Camino Total 22,997
1985 El Camino Total 21,816
1986 El Camino Total 21,508
1987 El Camino Total 13,743
1988 El Camino Total 420

In 1987, Chevrolet dropped the El Camino from its lineup for good.

Here are some of the ads from the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino:

1959 Chevrolet El Camino Ad
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Ad
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Ad
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Ad
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Ad
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Ad

 

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