1959 Chevrolet El Camino – U0502

1959 chevrolet el-camino - custom

  • Stock #: U0502
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  • VIN: H59S188158
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Vehicle Description

1959 was the first year for the Chevrolet El Camino. Chevrolet took two years to respond to the Ford Ranchero, and they must have gotten it right because the El Camino outsold its Ford rival by 50% in 1959. (About 22,000 El Caminos to 14,000 Rancheros) The flamboyant styling for ‘59 makes a perfect platform for a custom, and that’s what we have here. The frame-off restoration left most of the original character intact, though, especially the 348 cubic inch Turbo Thrust W-head engine with three deuces — the top option that year. The 348 sired the legendary 409, and this one has a mild 409 cam for a little power boost and a little hot rod attitude in the idle. A great custom has to have the right paint, and this one sports a marvelous look in nothing less than Lamborghini orange, which even coats the super smooth bed. A lowered, nose-down stance is achieved with a Smart Ride air suspension system with QA1 Motorsports adjustable aluminum shocks. Five-spoke chrome aluminum wheels on Nitto radials nail down the retro/modern look. As pretty as it is, this Camino is supremely driveable with all that big block power and a Lokar shifted 700R4 automatic. Plus, Wilwood Pro Series vented disc brakes with 12-inch rotors front and rear bring the braking system right up to modern performance standards. A rugged Ford 9-inch rear gets the power to the wheels via just-right 3.56 gears. Modern upgrades to the interior add functionality while again respecting the vehicle’s heritage. Whiteface gauges by Classic Instruments are located in the stock dash, and the Vintage Air air conditioning cleverly utilizes the car’s original controls. Haywire 21 Fuse Deluxe wiring makes everything dependable and safe, and allows some beefy components from JL Audio to be wired in. A very attractive copper colored bench seat highlights the elegantly understated interior. Whether you call it a pickup, a car, or an SUV, this 1959 Chevrolet El Camino is a winner.

Vehicle Description

1959 was the first year for the Chevrolet El Camino. Chevrolet took two years to respond to the Ford Ranchero, and they must have gotten it right because the El Camino outsold its Ford rival by 50% in 1959. (About 22,000 El Caminos to 14,000 Rancheros) The flamboyant styling for ‘59 makes a perfect platform…

Vehicle Highlights

  • Frame-off Restoration
  • 348ci Turbo Thrust V8 Engine
  • Triple Carburetors
  • Mild 409 Cam
  • 700R4 4-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Ford 9-inch Rear with 3.56 Gears
  • Lamborghini Orange Exterior Paint
  • Copper and Orange Interior
  • QA1 Motorsports Adjustable Aluminum Shocks
  • Smart Ride Air Suspension System with Front and Rear Controls
  • Wilwood Pro Series 12-inch Front and Rear Vented Disc Brakes with Parking Brake
  • Vintage Air Air Conditioning using original controls
  • Lokar Floor Shifter with LED Indicator Lights
  • Haywire 21 Fuse Deluxe Wiring System
  • Whiteface Gauges by Classic Instruments located in factory dashboard
  • Chrome Skop 5-spoke Wheels
  • Nitto NT555 Tires
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