100 Cars That Changed History

tn_26-1969_Chevrolet_HT_El_Camino_Utility_(10989407983)1969 Chevrolet HT El Camino Utility (10989407983)” by Sicnag1969 Chevrolet HT El Camino Utility. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


26. Chevrolet El Camino 1959-1960, 1964-1987 United States

The idea behind the El Camino was a coupe utility vehicle—a sporty coupe with a bed for man stuff. It was inspired by the success of the Ford Ranchero. El Camino means “the path” in Spanish, and the title apparently wasn’t the only thing speaking to Latin Americans. The El Camino is very popular in the Latin American communities. Owning an El Camino isn’t just a preference, it is a subculture. They are constantly being modified or rebuilt, hydraulics are often added to the suspension. But Americans of other ethnicities also recognized the benefit of having a car capable of hauling loads. The El Camino continues to be a popular car to this day, even though they haven’t been produced since 1987.


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