The Chevrolet El Camino turns 53

53 years ago today, Chevrolet introduced the1959 El Camino to the automotive world and it hasn't been the same since. In direct response to the popularity of the Ford Ranchero, Chevrolet had decided it needed to stake a claim in the world of the automotive based utility vehicle. » 10/16/11 9:00am 10/16/11 9:00am

What car made you love cars?

The path into the world of automotive obsession is usually a long and strange one. Often it is an infatuation with one particular car that pushes us towards a lifelong love of most things automotive. It could be a car you spent time around growing up, the first or fourth car of your own or perhaps even a car you saw… » 8/20/11 5:00pm 8/20/11 5:00pm

What is the barn find of your dreams?

Opening the doors on a forgotten barn or garage to reveal a dusty vehicle that needs little more than some elbow grease and a weekend spent in the garage to reverse the effects of sitting is the stuff of gearhead dreams. After reading about the trio of Italian barn finds this week, we started wondering what vehicle we… » 7/30/11 5:00pm 7/30/11 5:00pm

The 1958 El Nomado is the car-truck hybrid Chevrolet never made

Although Chevrolet didn't introduce the El Camino until 1959, what if they had decided to unleash their unique utility vehicle on the world one year earlier? Behold the El Nomado, a well executed custom vehicle currently listed on Ebay that answers that exact question. Even with a lot of modern custom touches, this one … » 7/23/11 11:00am 7/23/11 11:00am

San Francisco Neighbors Breathe Sigh Of Relief: DOTSBE Detroit Iron…

There's this incredible collection of street-parked vintage Detroi cars residing in San Francisco's Western Addition… yes, one of the most parking-challenged neighborhoods in the City That Parking Forgot. It appears that the owner of these cars is making some room. » 3/06/10 1:00pm 3/06/10 1:00pm

Triumphant Win-A-Wartburg Essayist Promises To Install Studebaker Six, …

Remember the Win-A-Wartburg contest put on by the 24 Hours Of LeMons perpetrators, in which the winning "Why I Want A Wartburg" essayist gets a '58 Wartburg 311 and free LeMons registration? Here's the winner! » 9/05/09 3:00pm 9/05/09 3:00pm

Crazed Modelmaker Makes Tiny-Scale Model Of Murilee's First-Ever Hell…

Not long ago, I dug up some old photos of the 1958 Volkswagen Beetle that launched me on the primer-and-junkyards automotive path I've taken to get to this point. Now look what's happened! » 7/18/09 6:00pm 7/18/09 6:00pm

Ya Don't Drive, Ya Aim! Motor City Drag Racing, 1958

It's like threading the needle at a quarter of a mile… but it's really livin'! Hot Rod Magazine put together this great drag racing documentary for the 1958 Nationals, and it's well worth watching. » 4/11/09 12:00pm 4/11/09 12:00pm

The Car That Started Murilee On His Vehicular Downward Spiral: Hubert…

Here's a story I've been meaning to tell since I started writing for Jalopnik: how it came to be that I love junkyard-built, low-budget, primered-out heaps so much. You can blame this '58 Volkswagen! » 2/22/09 1:00pm 2/22/09 1:00pm

The Consul Dissipates In Phuket, Thailand

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 8/21/08 3:00pm 8/21/08 3:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . Having just read Gordon Bowker's excellent Malcolm Lowry biography, , I can't see the word "Consul" without the quasi-autobiographical character of that name in coming to mind. That's why I…