SEMA 2014: 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

1959-chevrolet-el-camino-frontAlong with the 1965 Fairlane, this was the other car from SEMA 2014 that really tickled my fancy. This impossibly clean 1959 El Camino was a blast from the past and made me think of drive-in movies, soda fountains, and taking your sweetheart up to “make-out point.”

1959 was the first year for the El Camino, and just 22,246 were built in the initial year. It was a unique type of vehicle that combined the comfort and handling of a car with the utility of a compact pickup truck.

This amazing vehicle was given a concours-quality restoration by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido, CA. Like many hot rods these days, the car wasn’t just restored, it has been resto-modded to be better than when it was new.

1959-chevrolet-el-camino-engineUpgrades include a Corvette 327cid V8 engine making 375 horsepower with Rochester “Ram Jet” fuel injection. Coupled to a 4-speed “Power Auto Drive” transmission, this utility coupe offers a smooth ride with fingertip power steering.

Safety and comfort have also been improved with 4-wheel disc brakes and air conditioning. There’s a powered seat and headrest and a “Hi-Fi” stereo system. One of the more modern amenities is an AutoElectric opening bed cover.

1959-chevrolet-el-camino-interiorThe two-tone blue and white combo looks stunning alongside the acres of polished chrome. I love that the car retains a “factory” look while providing modern power and reliability.