1959 Chevrolet Custom El Camino
Looking at the photographs we can see that there are a lot of 1950s era styling and custom elements. Mainly the body with its louvered hood, fender skirts, side pipes and cap-less chrome rims. To perform bodywork on trucks is usually more work than cars since they were often used for hauling goods in the bed creating major damage and repairs. If you have ever priced the cost of having louvers installed they can be very expensive – about $10 each. Making this hood very expensive! The body overall looks pretty good with what appears to be very nice body lines and paint. Certainly well over $20,000 just in bodywork and paint.
The interior sports a white painted dash with thin era correct pin strips, a Rock “A” Billy guitar player and of course fuzzy nice! The white interior with red piping really makes this interior come alive! It seems like the perfect combination. The interior is not expensive to do in this styling and was extremely common in the past. Notice the aftermarket gauges in the instrument panel, which look to be professionally installed.
The engine bay is impressive! It appears to be a 348 or maybe a 409? It’s simply dressed up with a modern belt system and chrome covers. If you need to purchase a core engine like this you can expect $5,000 then the cost to rebuild. It looks like it could have a manual transmission? No mention of how this car was dropped if it is on air ride or conventional springs.
Auctions America estimates the sale of this truck to be between $25,000 – $30,000 which seems like a great deal since it looks like it would cost much more than that to build after you bought the core truck, bodywork, paint, interior, engine, and some chassis work not to mention chrome and stainless. I personally think they are a little light.