The Legend: Chevy El CaminoArguably the most iconic of car-based pickups is the Chevy El Camino. Originally launched in 1959, the most legendary of pickup coupes remained in production through 1987, going through five generations in the process. They were built at locations across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, and far away as Iran. It even bred a GMC-badged version (initially called the Sprint and then the Caballero), further blurring the line between car and truck. But while others have come and gone, it’s the El Camino that we’ll always think of whenever the unlikely crossover of the car-based pickup comes to mind.
A luxury option
Of course, we couldn’t forget about the Cadillac Mirage, available for just a short time. It was based on the popular station wagon of the brand, the Cadillac Coupe de Ville, with some custom touches that removed the wagon roof and turned the elongated body into a useable truck bed space. It was similar in style to the El Camino, but with that luxury Cadillac touch.