Does anyone know what the word El Camino really means?? I think it means "the path" in Spanish, but why would Chevrolet name their car after "the path". Anyone know the history behind the El Camino name????
El Camino is Spanish for "The Way" or "The Road". It has two different meanings. I do not know why they named it that. All I know is that 58/59 Elkys were designed after Corvettes, so maybe it was "The Way to the Future". Just a thought.
Why did they name the Chevelle a Chevelle? It's not even a word in any language. Also take the Camaro, it means "pal" or "buddy" in French. The only thing good I learned in that class besides that I like the teacher's husband's 1970 Pro Street Hemi 'Cuda 2 doors down in the auto shop
Well, the Impala is one big deer like animal, and it was Chevy's 'full-sized' performer. I think when they came out with Chevelle they said hey use another animal, what's a smaller graceful deer like animal? A Gazelle. Gazelle+Chevrolet=Chevelle!
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I bleieve that it is an invented word. One account I read had a news writer asked what did "Chevelle" mean? The reply from Chevrolet's sales guy was that it didn't mean anything yet, but they would make it mean something (in terms of sales $$)
One book says is means approximately "road" or "highway" in Spanish.
A historic road leading through California is named the "El Camino Real". The "Re-al" was not used in the vehicle's name because it pronunciation would only cause confusion.
The El Camino had a split personality, some state's would allow you register it as a auto or truck. When registered as a auto it could operate as a truck in residential areas where trucks were prohibited, when registered as a truck you could park in loading zones + you could have high performance SS396, SS454 etc and enjoy lower insurance rates. I remember there was a company (in Texas I think) that would make a El Camino clone out of a Cadillac. I remember seeing an ad for them in the 70's.
If anyone is interested the book is; "Chevrolet El Camino 1959-1982" by Donald F. Wood. Model by Model photo history of the Classic Chevrolet El Camino, GMC Sprint and Caballero
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Female horse in french is "cheval", but there is nothing about a male horse. Maybe it is a horse. That would mean that Chevy had a purebreed of it's own to "compete" with the Mustang. as if it would have to compete. HA!
I dont 't know where the name came from but I do know where the disign started. Back in the late 49s 50s some of the funeral homes had custom built cars to transport flowers .The ones I remember were 49 and 50 Fords I guess this was the birth of the Ranchero.Took GM 10yrs to catch on...FRED
Yeah, GM eventually saw the public's need for an automobile that had the versatility of a truck yet the comfort of a car. GM definitly did a better version of this car/truck hybird. And thats a fact because Ford only sold about 500,000 Rancheros, while Chevy sold about like a couple million!!
El Camino is The Highway or road, spanish
Camaro is friend,pal, buddy, french.
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Corvette is a class of warship but has an earlyer root that I have not found as yet, almost certainly french tho.
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