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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 16, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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The Classification Question

How would you, personally, classify the El Camino.......as a car or a truck? Some people can really debate this one. By appearance only, I classify it as a truck. That, and if you can haul more weight from products in a non-seating compartment of a vehicle than weight from passengers in seating compartments.........it's a truck.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 16, 1:04 AM
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I don't think either classification is wrong. California classifies it as a truck so you have to get commercial plates, but it drives and rides like a car.

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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 16, 7:20 AM
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I'd have to call it a truck. The only one I ever owned was an '85 but it had to wear truck plates here in Ohio. I never hauled too much in the bed but it was there if needed. Maybe you need to start a poll. A lot of people here like to vote here so you may be surprised what you results you get.
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 16, 7:36 AM
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I think most agencies and people would call it a truck but to me (currently a 71 but have had several) just too much car-ness to call it a truck. Based on a car frame, it's a car. But then again I call a Suburban a truck (because it's based on a truck frame).

I live on a gravel road (clay based/gets slick when wet) and have a 60 mile round trip daily commute so my daily driver/beater is a Subaru Baja; also not a truck because it's based on a car but people (and the parts store) call it a truck. BTW, handiest little car/truck I've ever had even it it's a bit weird and quite ugly.

Agree, a poll would be interesting......
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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 16, 7:59 AM
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Here in NY my 05 Avalanche gets car plates and my 70 SS Elco gets truck plates. One hauls wire, conduit, electrical boxes and tools, the other hauls ass!

I still think they've got it sdrawkcab, but what do I know?

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Based on a car frame, it's a car.
While I'd agree that its based on the Chevelle frame (car frame), and even the earlier versions were based on the full-size...

But whats the functional different between the car frame and truck frame?

Just because the frame and suspension came from a car...

Chevrolet used coil springs and independent suspension on some of their trucks... Sure, the frame isn't as beefy as a truck, but then again, is the C10 frame as strong as a C50/C60?

The El Camino is obviously "light-duty"


The El Camino has a full frame, it has steering and suspension similar to that found on many light-duty or medium-duty trucks of the era. And it has an open cargo area and tailgate like most other trucks... So its a truck...


Its design is all Chevelle, and it has the comfort of a car, so that makes it a car...

Tough decision...

We all know it blurs the lines, but IMO, the open cargo area definitely moves it into the "truck" category, even if its not as robust as the other trucks offered...
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It's a "CARUCK"
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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 16, 5:34 PM
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No truck plates required since the DMV sees it as a car, but I would have to go with Tony; it's a light duty truck with car features as options. Mine seems to be getting closer to a car everyday however.....

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No truck plates required since the DMV sees it as a car,
Funny how it varies by state... Here in California, its considered a truck (IIRC, 1/2-ton listed on the title or registration), and its also charged an extra "weight fee" on my yearly registration, because it CAN be used for commercial purposes with that open bed (thats what a DMV employee told me years ago)...

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Archer says "The el Camino is not a Car, nor is it a Truck"
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Re: The Classification Question

In NYS an ElCamino may be registered as either a pass. car or a commercial vehicle, my 65 was registered as a truck, my 70 SS is registered as a car (no tickets on parkways or expressways). Chevy termed it a "truck", even though it was built off a station wagon body, you figure.
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Re: The Classification Question

My 64 is the one and only year to say it right on the fender.



Even the advertising literature had it, so it's not a case of a previous owner adding it.



Clear and plain, it says Chevelle, which is a car. In my mind it is a station wagon without a roof. Still a car, open bed or not. CA requires me to pay additional "truck" fees, but I love in a greedy state.

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It's a Chevelle truck

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post #15 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 25th, 16, 1:32 AM
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Never seen an El Camino in a car brochure and G.M. must have considered them trucks at first.

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