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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dkmw, Sep 5, 2020.
The 1960 equivalent of the Porsche "Boxster", the RS60 Spyder:
James Dean's Lil'Bastard. Or was that a 556?
Love this one -
I've noticed maybe 2 or 3 El Caminos per year in my area that go for less than ten grand, sometimes even less than that. Probably because they look like they've been 'daily drivers' for the last 10-20 years years and it's the clean restored rides that get the high dollars. I don't think I'd mind at all having one as a daily, at least I could haul a few more things than my current Volvo does at least. Speaking of which, how are those El Caminos on maintenance? Does it depend on era? Would I have to do ridiculous things like replace valve guides every 50,000 miles?
These days I'm an pre-2000s Volvo guy because I'd rather have something that will drive through hell and back and looks it with not much more than oil changes and new tires every other fall, than a slick ride that does everything but wipe your butt, then slowly rots under your feet if you keep it more than 5 years. But DANG do they look boring. I've got a '90 240DL and damn if I can't tell it apart from an '84 when I pass one on the street.
EDIT: I just discovered that Volvo made 240, 740 and 940 model pickups. They're like the El Camino's Swedish cousin who has no clue about style and weighs about 20 pounds more but will live until he's 102, still sipping Glogg and waxing the same pair of skis he graduated high school with.
James Dean traded in his 356 for a 550 Spyder, and lived for nine more days
When I got to the tenth day with my Boxster, I told my wife I was doing better than James Dean.
Mr. Dean was working on it that day. He got a speeding ticket coming off the Grapevine south of Bakersfield a couple of hours before the crash. There's a couple of places along highway 46 leading from the central valley to the coast that have monuments to him. The more elaborate one is the sculpture done by a guy who came from Japan to do it. My wife and I have stopped in there many times just to look at the memorial. A whistle stop called Cholame.
Anther whistle stop, Blackwell's Corner is that last place he stopped before he got into the wreck that he perished in. They have a road sign of him there. And a bill board.
The state even put up a sign at the actual site where the accident occurred.
I visited New Mexico two years ago and discovered that it appears to be the "The Land Of El Caminos." Since I was snapping photos of scenery everywhere, I figured that i would capture as many El Caminos as possible. Here are a few that I found in Santa Fe:
The one on the bottom is a "Studemino,"
Kinda looks like the Batmobile.
Or, what the Batmobile would look like if Batman made a lot of trips to Home Depot.
You Americans do cars way better than anybody else.
Here's a homemade looking 1960 Cadillac version I saw. Needs some work
well, I tried but there is ‘no el Camino’ I could listen to that song all the way through.
Those vintage ones from the 60s give new meaning to the word "retro."
But the last version that was around in the 70s when I was a kid, which by then had been stripped of every ounce of style, was ugly as sin. "Mullet" is the perfect word for it.
The El Camino was a superior car design, allowing the owner to have wife, children, and in laws ride in the back ...
Where you can't hear them ...
If Fender made cars, they'd still be in production!
It's not mine, wish it were!
Buy yourself one!
The only El Caminos I like are those full-sized ones ('59 and '60; this one is a '60). Not a fan of the Chevelle-based ones.
The wheels aren't doing that car any favors. They're at least four inches too wide in diameter to provide any semblance of a visually sensible aesthetic "weight" for wheels and tires.
The '59 Cadillac taillight lenses are hideous as well.
Too bad. It could be a really nice car if it wasn't so gaudy and tasteless in those few areas.