Chevrolet released the El Camino in 1959 but it only survived until the 1960 model year before it was discontinued because people didn’t understand it. However, Ford sold enough of their Rancheros in the early 1960s that GM got back into the game in 1964 and didn’t stop until 1987. Their product planners are probably considering reviving the name on an electric SUV right now, but I think this 4th generation example is what you want. Find this 1974 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $9,800 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
A Dodge Caravan El Camino, an Excalibur and a ’51 Ford Ranchero walk into a bar. The bartender says…I picked the wrong week to stop huffing paint. Wow. Tipper Matt C (who found this by searching for who knows what) put a crisp summary of the seller’s faceplace marketbork listing here: A Dodge Caravan pickup conversion for $9000, looks fairly well done. A ’51 Ford also converted to a pickup for $12000, looks like more of a hack job. And wait, there’s also an Excalibur kit car for $13000, looking like a prewar Mercedes that has put on a considerable amount of weight and been stuffed full of seriously downmarket interior. In other words, like a typical Excalibur.
The Cadillac Calais was available as a coupe, sedan, and hardtop, but it was not available as a pickup or El Camino. But it should have been. So the builder of this next vehicle did to the Caddy what should have been done by GM way back in the mid 1970s, and that is to hack off rear of the cab and create an automotive mullet. Find this 1975 Cadillac Calais offered for $8,500ish via GrassrootsMotorsports classifieds. Tip from Cory.
In the Venn diagram that shows an overlapping circles of 4X4s, exposed hood scoops, and El Caminos…there is a little spot in the middle known as a hillbilly bonanza. It is that magic combination of big tires and big promises that can only be inspired by moonshine distilled in a swamp. It is magical. Find this 1959 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $8001 (reserve-not-met) located in Bohemia, NY via ebay.
I saw this next car in the tips inbox and instantly seethed with indignant rage; How dare someone send in this offense against taste and decency? What do you think this site is? Do you think this is the kind of site will post any sort of El Camino’d Cadillac with an LT1 V8 under the hood? Well, let me tell you…you’ve got the…well…you’ve got the right place. This is a go for posting. Find this 1984 Cadillac DeVille El Camino offered for $15,000 in Oakland, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car came as a tip from Jim who writes; This car is like a mullet with a tuxedo. Yes, like Pabst Blue Ribbon in a champagne flute. Like roadkill served on fine bone china. Like a Raider’s linebacker in full uniform heading to Centre Court at Wimbledon. Like an expensive car featured on Daily Turismo. Find this 1997 Cadillac Seville flower car offered for $6998 in Norwalk, CT via craigslist.
The Ford Ranchero was Ford’s version of the El Camino — and it offered a decent combination of car driving capability with the utility of a pickup in the same Monday morning up front, Friday night out back as a mullet. Some scoff at the awkward proportions of the sixth generation Torino based Ranchero, but I think it is rad. Find this 1972 Ford Ranchero offered for $3900 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Voice of the world’s most interesting man; I don’t always drive an El Camino, but when I do, it should have a big stonkin modified V8, a Muncie 4-on-the-floor, a gigantic cowl induction hood scoop, and matte-black paint. Drive thirsty, my friends. Find this 1986 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $13,000 in Danbury, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Folks into trucks are always arguing about which kind of drive system is better — many say 4-wheel-drive trucks are the best because you can drive through anything, while others say the basic rear-drive pickup is the best because you get to fish tail in the dirt…but, naturally, they are both wrong. The best kind of pickup is the front-wheel-drive pickup, particularly one built on a Cadillac chassis. Find this 1974 Cadillac Eldorado Pickup offered for $9995 in Edgewater, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A diesel powered GMC Caballero is a stupefyingly eccentric vehicle…but captivating in a way that is difficult to describe. However, the photos in this next advertisement — and I hate to be the guy that criticizes the artistic integrity of a random stranger’s cell-phone photos for a car advert, but I am today — are just as equally baffling. Ignore the fact that the photos were taken at a Jiffy Lube, we don’t need to talk about that, but there is not a single photo of the entire subject vehicle and the best shot is in portrait mode of 2/3s of the Caballero. I guess I know what a Caballero (GMC’s version of the El Camino) looks like, but the lengths the photographer goes to avoid a single aesthetically pleasing shot of this oddball is downright staggering. Find this 1983 GMC Caballero Diesel offered for $12,000 in Wichita, KS via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.