‘Ute ownership is pretty much off the table for most North Americans, unless of course you’re shopping the classifieds for a Chevrolet El Camino or a Ford Ranchero.
It’s a sad fact made more painful by the fact that Australia, New Zealand and a few other markets still get access to new ‘Utes like the Holden Maloo HSV.
Well, we’re happy to bring new some good news ‘Ute fans, and it comes in the form of an eBay listing. For your consideration: this Chevrolet Monte Carlo pickup truck. Or what we’re affectionately calling: the Chevrolet El Camonte Carlo.
The seller says the 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was purchased new and taken straight to a body shop to receive its “concept makeover”. Luckily, the car still retains the stock drivetrain so your local dealership will find familiar bits under the the El Camonte’s hood.
The seller also claims that GM measured and photographed the ‘Ute-d Monte Carlo once it was completed “and at one time had considered bringing back the El Camino to the United States based off of this car”.
While there’s no documentation to back up that particular claim, you can bid with confidence knowing that over $70,000 has been poured into this truck-ified Monte Carlo.
You also get that colour changing paint by PPG and an odometer that reads just 11,317 miles.