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Gas Monkey Garage Car #3: 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

Community, SUVs  /   /  By Richard Rawlings

An email came across my desk the other day from a guy in Colorado saying that he had located a pretty clean barn find. I was happy when I opened the attached pictures and saw this First Generation 1959 El Camino!

1959 El Camino | Gas Monkey Garage

The 1959 El Camino was a unique vehicle that actually only saw a one year production run styled like this. It was based on the 1959 Brookwood two door station wagon, and because of it’s styling, sold almost twice as fast as the Ford Ranchero that year, with a little more than 22,000 El Caminos being built that year.

The 1959 El Camino was promoted as the first Chevrolet pickup built with a steel bed floor instead of wood. Below that steel floor was the floor pan from the Brookwood wagon.

1959 El Camino | Gas Monkey Garage

With 60,765 miles on the odometer, this classic runs and drives pretty dang well. It’s a manual transmission 3-speed on the column and has a 327 under the hood.

327 chevy motor

1959 El Camino | Gas Monkey Garage

This is one that we are going to do a little freshening up on and send it on its way. Plans are to source a carb kit, cap, rotor and points, put a carpet kit in it, repair the ignition switch and remove the white tape someone put on the side trim and paint it white.

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56 Comments on "Gas Monkey Garage Car #3: 1959 Chevrolet El Camino"


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Ed Cavender
1 year 9 months ago

It is not origional.. the 59 had a generator. I built several of them back in the early 60s.. am still looking for one like my first.. a 4 door hardtop
sport…. had a 409 and a 4 speed.

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Keith
1 year 9 months ago

I don’t think Chevrolet had the 327 in 59 either

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mike
1 year 1 month ago

409 was not available in 59 you meant 348

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ginger
6 months 14 days ago

Ed I have a 59 for you its been a project car well worth the talk if interested feel free to call 336-843-4671

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1 year 9 months ago

I know where there about 3 of them exact cars here in Wyoming also 58 wagons or 58 cars

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Nathan Hodge
1 year 9 months ago

i would love to see some pix of the 58’s

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Dave
1 year 9 months ago

I’m interested. I’m in Denver

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1 year 7 months ago

jeff, I’m looking for 59 wagon tailgate parts, el camino tailgate parts and sedan delivery parts. can you give me info on those junk yards you mentioned. thanks
john 406-241-6885, montana

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1 year 9 months ago

We’re excited to see what happens this rare classic!

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Vicki
1 year 9 months ago

Cool car guys!!! My first car was a 57 Ranchero, 3 on the column. I never could learn to drive it, had to sell it. (It was converted to a Ranchero.) Funny tho, cuz I ended up being thee TOP FEMALE STREET RACER IN PHOENIX! That was back in the day, I’m still pretty damn good w/a stick tho! Even challenged RRR, never heard a word back, damn!!!
LOVE GMG…

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Bill
1 year 9 months ago

There’s one of these here in town,not as good condition as this one.

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Josh
1 year 9 months ago

My dad and I are building a 1959 two door panel wagon. Excited to see what you do with this!

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brandin cargod
1 year 9 months ago

ill take it for 3500$