A parking lot is a parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who’s stopped by the store. Each Wednesday, we’ll share our parking lot find of the week—another benefit of being Powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

The Chevrolet El Camino wasn’t the first American “utility coupe” vehiclethe Ford Ranchero beat it by two yearsbut it is arguably the most well known. The distinctive Elco has made appearances in countless movies, has been featured in many magazines and blogs, including OnAllCylinders, and has been driven by some pretty famous folkcheck out this list of famous El Camino owners.

The Chevrolet El Camino has been based on a number of different GM configurations, including the General’s A-body and B-body platforms, but the numbers suggest the 1960 model was one of the the least popular. In fact, GM even shelved the El Camino for a few years after the 1960 model before reviving the car/truck in 1964. For our part, we love the 1959-60 (first generation) El Camino, which was based on the Chevrolet Brookwood wagon. Like many cars of its era, this 1960 El Camino sports the space age, rocket-ship vibe popular in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.