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Pre-Caminos, Phantom-Caminos, and one Rare Ford

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I've seen a55 Nomad made into an El camino and done welll..

in 1955 GM seriously built El-Camino prototypes but decided to hold off for a bit...

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Camino LS6    866

I've seen a55 Nomad made into an El camino and done welll..

in 1955 GM seriously built El-Camino prototypes but decided to hold off for a bit...

That's new information to me, thanks!

I wish they had gone ahead as I've seen nice ones built from Nomads too. I'd love to have one, but could never destroy a Nomad to get one.

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There used to be a Nomad about 35 Miles south of me that had been a good start on an El-Camino conversion...guy was trying to turn it back into a Nomad.

Not sure whatever happened to that car.

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ocnblu    776

Ranchero came out in '57, IIRC. If Chevy had gone ahead in '55, they would not have been accused of playing "catch-up" as they were with the '59 Camino, '62 Chevy II, '67 Camaro, etc. etc. (although I guess the Chevy II was only in hindsight, as hopes were still high for my beloved Corvair in '60-'61).

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balthazar    2,010

Not aware of any 3-D concepts for an Elky-esque vehicle from any of the GM studios circa '55, enlighten me please.

I've seen a handful of sketches for the '55 Chevy Cameo, which looked to be quite low like a car,

but these were 2-D only and undoubtedly would've been truck-based had they seen 3-D light.

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I've got a book about 55-57 Chevrolet's upstairs...old factory photographs et al.

They have photographs.

I'll have to dig the book out,

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balthazar    2,010

This is up for auction @ B-J later this month:

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In the day custom (don't kno when) :

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ocnblu    776

Is there any photographic record of Aussie Utes from this purriod? Did the Australians invent the car-based pickup, or were the very earliest pickups actually just cars with open beds?

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balthazar    2,010

^ Without pulling books out, Ford had a Model T Roadster pickup (car based) at the same time they offered the Model TT (definite truck).

I know there was a TT in at least '17, T debuted for '08... so the car-based pickup is pretty early.

Someone else could've been there well before Ford, too.

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Is there any photographic record of Aussie Utes from this purriod? Did the Australians invent the car-based pickup, or were the very earliest pickups actually just cars with open beds?

There were Chevy utes from the '49-52 generation in Australia...not sure what Chevys were sold there after that, but they definitely had Holden utes...

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GMTruckGuy74    228

Not aware of any 3-D concepts for an Elky-esque vehicle from any of the GM studios circa '55, enlighten me please.

I've seen a handful of sketches for the '55 Chevy Cameo, which looked to be quite low like a car,

but these were 2-D only and undoubtedly would've been truck-based had they seen 3-D light.

You don't happen to have pictures to scan, would you?

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GMTruckGuy74    228

One of the best '57 Chevrolet Phantom El Camino models I've ever seen was the Danbury Mint 1/25 die-cast version they offered a few years back (and I regret not ordering):

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http://www.phillymint.com/danburyshopcartAE/dm1538m.htm

They even offered a hot rod version too:

dm1534.jpg

http://www.phillymint.com/danburyshopcartAE/dm1534m.htm

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One of the best '57 Chevrolet Phantom El Camino models I've ever seen was the Danbury Mint 1/25 die-cast version they offered a few years back (and I regret not ordering):

dm1538.jpg

http://www.phillymin...tAE/dm1538m.htm

They even offered a hot rod version too:

dm1534.jpg

http://www.phillymin...tAE/dm1534m.htm

That is really cool...similiarly, some releases of the AMT 1:25th scale '55 Nomad model kit include a separate roof and floor parts for building a phantom El Camino....it has a smaller rear window. The original 1962-era issue of the kit has the parts as do some later releases, but the most recent (from about 5 years ago) doesn't...I plan to build one of mine as a phantom EC eventually..

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balthazar    2,010

Not aware of any 3-D concepts for an Elky-esque vehicle from any of the GM studios circa '55, enlighten me please.

I've seen a handful of sketches for the '55 Chevy Cameo, which looked to be quite low like a car,

but these were 2-D only and undoubtedly would've been truck-based had they seen 3-D light.

You don't happen to have pictures to scan, would you?

No scanner, but I could try and take a pic tonight.

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