Classic Car Auction of Toronto - Spring

Lot : SP93
1959 Chevrolet El Camino Pickup

Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Not Sold at a High Bid of $32,500

    Rarely did Chevrolet have to play catch-up, but for the 1959 model year, they were doing just that as the new El Camino passenger car-based pickup was put on the market to compete with Ford’s popular Ranchero. Starting with the basic platform of a two-door station wagon, this new coupe-pickup model had double-wall construction and reinforced ribbed flooring in the cargo bed, which allowed for a cargo rating of 1,150 pounds. Exterior and interior trim and appointments mirrored the Bel Air passenger car series, providing the driver and passengers the same creature comforts of a family sedan or station wagon. Nearly any accessory or option available on the standard Chevrolet could be ordered for the El Camino, which was marketed as “More than a car...More than a truck.”

    This 1959 El Camino benefits from a frame-off, rotisserie restoration, with the stock-appearing body, brightwork, and paint finish complemented by a pair of rear view mirrors with spotlights, Rally-type wheels, bright hubcaps and trim rings, and a custom-built tonneau cover. The interior features custom leather upholstery, bucket seats, a custom-built floor console, a custom billet steering wheel, and handsome white-faced aftermarket instruments. Underhood, the El Camino is well detailed, featuring a small-block Chevrolet engine equipped with low-restriction exhaust manifolds, aluminum valve covers, and a chrome open-element air cleaner. While much of this El Camino’s stock image has been retained, it is much more attractive, enjoyable, and drivable today.