Truck or Car…You Decide

Author: Jason / Date: August 9, 2022 / Tags: Chevrolet

Truck or Car...You Decide

( – Most classic vehicle people are firmly planted in Team Car or Team Truck. But into which category would the Chevrolet El Camino fall? Let’s see if we can answer that question as we take a look at one of Chevy’s most iconic vehicles. 

Chevrolet first introduced the El Camino in 1959 as an answer to rival Ford’s Ranchero. It was instantly popular, outselling the well-established competition by a respectable margin in its debut year. With the ability to do the job of a pickup truck while keeping the classiness and comfort of a car, what wasn’t to love about the El Camino? 

Chevy based the original design of the El Camino off of its Brookwood station wagon but eventually used the popular Chevelle and later the Malibu as vehicle inspirations. Was the El Camino a truck or a car? Well, the answer is simple, Chevy’s car/truck mashup was a car that was kind of a truck and a truck that resembled a car. Make sense? 

The El Camino had the utility of a modern-day small pickup but was still sporty enough to contend with muscle cars like the Chevelle, especially when Chevrolet introduced the SS model, sporting a 454-cubic inch engine. 

You won’t find a straight answer to whether the vehicle was a car or truck when you look for one because the perspective is in the eye of the beholder. The El Camino is what the driver makes of it, whether that’s a truck, a car, or both. 

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