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Bow-Tie Never-Was: The 1962 Chevy II El Camino

For the product planners at the Chevrolet Motor Division, an El Camino-style pickup based on the 1962 Chevy II surely made all the sense in the world. After all, Ford had successfully launched a Ranchero pickup based on its Falcon platform in 1960, and the Chevy II was essentially a clone of the popular Ford compact. (See our feature on the ’62 Chevy II here.) So a full-sized clay model, presumably based on the same 110-inch unit construction platform as the Chevy II passenger car, was prepared for display on the styling court at the GM Technical Center. Rolled out for the GM brass at some point in 1961, the clay model proudly wears El Camino badges, as shown in the photo above… read more >


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