Production of the Chevrolet El Camino ended in 1987, but even today, fans of the muscle car pickup can’t help but imagine what a modern version might offer. Now, one intrepid design and restoration shop is adding a bed to a fifth-generation Chevy Camaro, something El Camino lovers will no doubt take great interest in.
Recently posted to social media by the Casados Design Instagram feed (@carrozzeriacasados), the builders classify this custom Chevy Camaro as a “ute,” giving a nod to utility vehicles like the Holden VF Commodore Ute. However, here in the U.S., seeing this two-door Chevy muscle car with a big bed in back gives us some pretty strong El Camino vibes.
Casados Design is based out of Alabaster, Alabama, and specializes in building hot rods and pro-touring muscle cars, as well as offers vehicle restoration services. The shop has some lovely builds under its belt, but this custom Chevy Camaro Ute looks to be one of the most ambitious projects to date.
Per the recent social media posts, this custom Chevy Camaro ute looks as though its coming together nicely, with the new B pillar longitudinal section, inner bed sides, bulkhead panel, quarter end caps, and tailgate skin recently added. The bed extends the rear end of the muscle car by a huge amount, giving the bespoke Bowtie an eye-widening profile view. The metal flows nicely from the roofline, ending in a squared-off rear end.
Casados Design utilizes traditional metal shaping techniques to get the custom panels looking as intended, which means that in addition to the custom rear bed, this Chevy Camaro ute also has a hand-built aesthetic to it that simply begs for attention.
We can’t wait to see what this thing will look like when it’s complete with paint and all the trimmings. It looks like it’s a ton of work, but the payoff should be huge.
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