The Chevrolet El Camino is definitely not a car that evokes prestige or classiness, but for a brief moment in time, the two-door utility vehicle was actually quite elegant-looking.
The first-generation El Camino, built for the 1959 and 1960 model years, appeared very much like a second-generation Chevrolet Impala, sporting similar front and rear fascias and similar side profiles as well. This gives the 1959 El Camino, along with the 1960 model year car, a decidedly classier look than the second-generation car introduced in 1964.
A somewhat uncommon first model year 1959 Chevrolet El Camino will soon be sold at Mecum’s Dallas sale. A thoroughly restored example, it appears just as it did when it left the Chevy showroom in 1960 (if not better..) and still has all of its original body panels. This is also 5.7-liter V8 example – which was the largest V8 engine offered in the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino. A 3.9-liter inline-six and smaller 4.6-liter V8 were also available for 1959 and 1960.
Making this 1959 Chevrolet El Camino that much cooler is its four-speed manual transmission. It’s unclear if the car was ordered with the four-speed manual, but a two-speed Powerglide automatic and three-speed manual were also offered at the time. This car was also ordered with power steering, power brakes and air-conditioning.
While Chevrolet made more than 22,000 El Caminos for the 1959 model year, you definitely don’t see them as beautifully restored as this one very often. Mecum isn’t estimating how much this one will sell for, so feel free to let us know how much you think it’s worth in the comments down below.