It’s OK if you didn’t know what IROC stands for, but everybody should know about this El Camino Pace Car. [Image: GM]
In 1967 the president of Pontiac was shown this LeMans Concept Sport Truck; a 350 V8-powered El Camino with the interior and front end of a Pontiac LeMans. He didn’t like it enough to build it, but at least somebody preserved it.
We’re always told not to dwell on the past, but sometimes it can be kind of fun. Paying tribute to the Checker Motor Cars cab is one of those times.
We’ve seen plenty of cars turned into trucks sort of “El Camino-style.” Some are prime, most look like they’re held together with spit and luck. But I’ve finally found a favorite because none have ever come out as clean and congruent as this 1977 Honda Civic.
Longtime Jalopnik readers may remember Juha Sipilä. He is a former telecom executive, politician, and builder of a badass El Camino that runs on wood gas. Also, as of last night, he is the prime minister-elect of Finland.
They actually call her Sparky, and use her around Nissan's proving grounds in Stanfield, Arizona.
It's a story you've heard a thousand times(?) Recently single old timer is unsatisfied with the car-truckiness of his Subaru Brat and wants you to turn it into a different car-truck. Don't worry, he can pay. In cheap beer, potato salad, and stories about Deep Purple.
Clean. Tasteful. Elegant. These are not adjectives I tend to reach for when we're looking at a car converted into a pickup truck, but this 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD-El Camino lovechild is one of the prettiest Jimmy Carter-era Mercs I've ever seen.
Carmakers aren't always sure what we want, so this time we're telling them loud and clear. These ten great classics have a recipe for success. If you're in the car business, just get a pencil and start copying.
Make all the 'convicts on a desert island' jokes you want, but the Aussies know more about utility vehicles than any nation on earth. Let these slides from the seventies take you back to the glory days of being practical.
Last week, I wrote about somebody's beloved El Camino being stolen, and, as always, I called upon the Jalopnik community to help find it. Now I'm happy to say that half-truck, half-car centaur is back home where it belongs.
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It's Import versus Domestic, car versus cartruck. This is the surprisingly sloppy result of an El Camino versus Nissan drift battle.
We have a bit of an El Camino fetish here. Anytime someone mentions the prospect of it coming back to America, we get all hot and bothered and have dirty dreams for weeks. Alas, GM never makes it happen and we have to lust after our Holden driving friends in Australia.
We were burned before. The Pontiac Sport Truck was set to come to the US in 2009 only to have Pontiac die, killing the El Camino project as well. Now a local Australian newspaper claims ‘the pickup with an ego' is coming back. Oh please give us that sweet El Camino dope again.
Chevrolet produced this dealer training video to aid salesman in the unenviable task of trying to convince buyers the El Camino was a better small truck purchase than the imported competition.
Any vehicle that is post-op car to car-truck hybrid is bound to be a bizarre creation, but switching a rare example of a long defunct brand like a 1953 Nash is pretty much guaranteed to up the strange factor even further. Behold the Nash-amino.
Back in 2007, I encouraged all of you to rush out and buy Daryl Hannah's biodiesel 1983 El Camino. As I expected, one of you did and has been the proud owner of that vehicle ever since. Now it's time for another Jalopnik reader to inherit the beast.
"Wipe off that El Camino or something bad will happen." That bizarre suggestion from a friend was enough to set off a major tic for one man with obsessive compulsive disorder. Whenever he sees an El Camino, he's overcome with the need to — HOLY SHIT! THERE'S ONE RIGHT THERE! MOTHER FUCKER! SEE MAN?! — do one of…
Before somebody put the Sport in Sport Utility, there was only Utility. Today's 502-powered Nice Price or Crack Pipe '66 Suburban sports a 502 with a claimed 700 hp. That may make may make you a sports fan, but will its price as well?