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

How cars can bring us together

Because every conversation, on any topic, turns political these days it seems most have isolated themselves from differing opinions to just avoid the trouble. That creates nothing more than an endless navel-gazing echo chamber. But a chance encounter with a Ranchero-ized metallic green Lincoln Continental was a… » 10/10/11 3:30pm 10/10/11 3:30pm

Rare and original 1947 Hudson truck for sale on Ebay

Although it's generally accepted the Ranchero was the first of the car/trucks, Hudson produced a more utility based truck using the front sheet metal from their cars in the late 1940s. The result was a unique mixture of car and truck that predated the Ranchero by 11 years. This very original example of a rare Hudson… » 9/25/11 12:30pm 9/25/11 12:30pm

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

For $2,750, you could pickup this Crown Vichero

Ford last produced the Ranchero in 1979, which coincidentally was the same year they introduced their large-car Panther platform. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe custom Crown Vic is a super freaky melange of the two, but does its price make it worth picking up? » 5/18/11 8:00am 5/18/11 8:00am

For $5,950, this Durango is a Fairmont with Ranchero dressing

Ford sort of invented the concept of the car-based pickup with the 1925 introduction of the Model T Runabout with Pickup Truck Body. Despite those auspicious beginnings, by the end of the ‘70s Ford had basically ceded the category to Chevy and their El Camino. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Fairmont-with-a-bed is a… » 4/22/11 8:00am 4/22/11 8:00am

Rancheroized Lincoln Continental is half car, half truck and all…

Long before Lincoln came up with the ill-fated idea to put their name on an F150, someone had already created a far superior Lincoln product with a bed. Behold the Lincoln Continenchero, a well executed example of the land yacht era car/truck Lincoln never made. » 4/09/11 11:00am 4/09/11 11:00am

Diesel Ranchero is a work of genius

Although this 1964 Ford Ranchero may look like your average vintage Ranchero (if there is such a thing), don't be fooled by your first impression. Under the hood of this unassuming car/truck hybrid lurks an equally unassuming but loud and smelly 198ci Nissan Diesel. » 3/12/11 11:00am 3/12/11 11:00am

Ford GS Boss 5.0 315 Ute: Grass Growing Increasingly Greener Down Under

Australia's Ford Performance Vehicles has chucked the Ford Falcon GS Ute's 5.4-liter V8 for the Mustang's 5.0-liter V8 plus a 1.9-liter supercharger to create the Ford GS Boss 5.0 315 Ute. 428-hp, 402 lb-ft of torque, all forbidden fruit. [Pickuptrucks] » 9/01/10 1:15pm 9/01/10 1:15pm

Would You Consider Buying a Really Small Pickup?

After seeing the Mexican-market VW Saveiro, Ford Courier, and Chevrolet Tornado, we can't help wishing that those of us who live north of the border could buy ourselves some penny-pinching, space-saving, car-chassis-based small pickups. » 4/17/10 6:00pm 4/17/10 6:00pm