1959 Chevrolet El Camino

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. You know what's missing from modern trucks? Fins!

Illustration for article titled 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

I found this cartruck parked outside Alameda's Tiki Overload Headquarters a couple months back. The bar was having a small pseudo-car-show, and this Chevy was parked just behind the '51 Dodge Wayfarer we saw a while back.

Illustration for article titled 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

A base, six-cylinder 1959 El Camino listed at $2,352 new, or about $400 more than a half-ton stepside Chevrolet pickup. For those extra bucks you got a car-like ride and those snazzy fins, though cargo-hauling ability wasn't quite up to serious truck standards. Which would you have chosen?

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach when seeing fins and chrome and red that is not turned pink.

I love thee freely for the raised white letter tires mounted on unabashadly beautiful wheels.

I love thee purely for the dual driver mirrors with no sign of a tow bar.

I love thee with intact trim and badging.

I may not ever know how the photos with the elevated perspective came to be, but I love thee surely as Carroll Shelby will always act in his own interest.

And if I ever happen upon thee in Alameda I can love thee no more than from afar.