The 10 best utility coupe car trucks of all time
The grandfather of them all is the Chevrolet El Camino. Among car-truck hybrids, it wasn’t the first and it might not necessarily be the best, but it’s the most recognized. Sales of the El Camino and its sibling the GMC Caballero were strong since its beginnings in the late 1950s and declined from the late 1960s until its demise in the mid-1980s. The car model that served as its base changed over the years, but the basic format of a comfortable, car-like truck , with seating for two or three, has remained constant. The other constant of the El Camino is its breathtaking beauty. Throughout its production, it was an attractive alternative to full-size pickups.
The first El Camino graced us with its presence in 1959, based on the Brookwood shooting wagon with styling cues borrowed from the Bel Air and Biscayne, according to Eckler Classic Chevy. It was immediately successful, selling over 20,000 units in each of its first two years. The following models will share their styling and chassis with the Chevelle, one of the most popular muscle cars of all time. This generation spawned special editions such as the SS 396, which boasted enormous big-block power. The last two generations shared their styling with the Malibu, becoming slimmer and lighter for the latest iteration. GM continued production until 1987, when rugged, efficient and high-performance compact pickup trucks hit the market and drove down demand for car-based trucks, according to The reader.