Gerald Winslow said he always wanted a 1959 Chevy sedan delivery and he found the one on the left in 1973. Many years later, he bought three hulks to build the show-ready 1959 El Camino on the right, only recently finished.
The rear view of the El Camino reveals its biggest selling feature -- a stylish pickup bed flawlessly crafted into the body of a '59 Chevy Bel Air. The combination was officially known as a `coupe utlity.'
Unlike its station wagon brethern, the Sedan Delivery came equipped with a single-piece swing-up tailgate. This workhorse began life as a Lucky Strike cigarette route car, but was transformed into Winslow Motor's shop truck.
The interior of the El Camino received a serious upgrade, thanks to the skills of upholsterer Jamey Hart, who used a combination of red, white and gray vinyl to accent the red and white exterior scheme. Note the custom vinyl-wrapped seat console that continues the theme.
In its first foray into the car-based pickup field, Chevrolet cranked out 22,246 El Caminos in 1960. The body style continued through the 1960 model year, but was dropped, returning in 1964, but on the smaller Chevelle chassis.
Supplying a dependable 135 horsepower, the 235 cubic inch 6-cylinder engine was standard equipment in the '59 Sedan Delivery, although about half of the first year production run of 6,970 came equipped with optional V-8 power.