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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 6:43 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone know what the first year of the EC was? I'm thinking it was '59, but I'm not certain.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 7:34 AM
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59 was the first year.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 8:52 AM
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They came out fullsized in '59 and '60, then discontinued till they were reintroduced as midsize in '64. They were discontinued again "recently" I believe.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 9:49 AM
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I was at the Spring Carisle Fleemarket in PA a few years ago and thought I saw an El Camino looking 55. I believe it was called Cameo or Somthing like that. This might have been the start or it was just a type of pick up truck. Rick....
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 2:04 PM
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The Cameo was a 1/2 ton pickup with a Fiberglass bed and different trim pieces. Not a passenger car chassis like the '59 and '60 El Camino (the first ones) or the Chevelle based ones starting in '64. The Cameo has a following among the truck guys.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 4:09 PM
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Guess what guys, it is quite possible that Rick did in fact see a '55 El Camino. Several years ago there was a feature in one of the magazines such as Hot Rod or Super Chevy about a FULLY LOADED '55 elky that a guy built using a '55 Nomad. It was so tastefully done that it looked as if it had been built by Chev! That may have been what Rick saw. And, also, a few years ago some guy built a '66 Nova convertible using the conv components from a '63 Nova. It was so well done that it was on the cover, I think.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 11:22 PM
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Yep, first year was 59 last year was 87. It was "discontinued" a few times in between.--Amanda
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 99, 11:34 PM
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I did'nt know they went to 87 I thought they killed it in 83.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 99, 8:03 AM
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They were built from 59-60 then from 64-87 some 87s were left over and called 88s.The GM toy team built an El Camino out of the Capriece a few years ago. Even the newest ones are over 10 years old.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 99, 12:00 PM
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I saw the Impalacamino at the Schaumburg show a few years back, cool!, Too bad every time GM gets something right they kill it...

BTW...anyone have a line on a cheap late model caprice wagon(black pref)I was thinking of going to a few auctions.

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 99, 4:44 PM
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Chev had that Caprice El Camino on a tilted turntable at the state fair in Okla City a few years ago. It was great! AND it had real, honest to goodness dual exhaust! The hood was closed all the time so I can't say what it had for power, although it did have a puke slushbox for a tranny.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 99, 5:24 PM
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I would also like to add that Chevy had serious plans on putting that Caprice style Elky into production along with the Impala SS. At least thats what a few magazines claimed. It was going to be a SS model that looked very similar to the Impala SS. But you guys probably already knew that. Woulda been cool though...
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