We’re not exactly sure what to call this Frankenstein creation for sale on Hemmings.com (A Studemino? An El Caminobaker?), but as far as the DMV is concerned it’s a 1978 Chevrolet El Camino, because that’s what’s underneath.
It’s best to think of the Studemino (We’re stickin’ with it) like a reverse mullet– there might be a party up front but it’s all business out back.
The front-end features the unmistakable bullet nose from a ’51 Studebaker, but step around back and –tah-dah!–you still get all the practicality of the El Camino’s truck bed. Luckily, no Studebakers were actually killed or even harmed in the making of the Studemino, as the front-end is actually constructed out of fiberglass.
Power comes from a 350 cubic-inch ZZ4 crate motor with less than 1,000 miles on it. You’ll also get lots of other new bits like a B+M 700R4 overdrive transmission, Eaton 4.11 Posi rear end, a new exhaust and a new aluminum radiator.
The Studemino isn’t completely free of warts, though. The new owner will have to hook up the new A/C compressor and fix the wonky gas gauge but other than that everything functions as it should, according to the seller.
For $16,500 (or best offer) you could have the most unique creation at your local cruise night. Just don’t expect to land a spot in the El Camino section.