5 Vehicles That Were Crossover Before There Were Crossovers

Chevrolet El Camino

It sports the front end of a car, and if you face it head-on, you might mistake it for one. But look again: from any other angle you can clearly see that it's attached to the bed of a pick-up truck.

The Chevrolet El Camino, which ceased production in 1987 after more than three decades of sales, has over the years gained something of a cult following among muscle car enthusiasts. At one point in the model's lifecycle, buyers could get it with a 350-hp V-8 engine! With its sweeping lines and powerful engine options, the El Camino provided the answer to the ages-old "car or truck?" dilemma by answering, "Both."

It enjoyed an extremely long life, as far as car models go. After a brief hiatus, the El Camino graced new car lots from 1964 to 1987, and was badge engineered -- changed cosmetically without altering major components -- into different models for Chevy's sister brands at General Motors [source: ElCaminoCentral.com].

Unfortunately for the El Camino and its kind, the 1980s meant curtains for entire categories of cars as their markets vanished. Muscle car buyers of the '60s and '70s were by this time owners of minivans and holders of mortgages. Gas guzzling, rubber-laying beasts with little room for families were no longer selling well. Thus, Chevy declared the year 1987 the last for its living classic El Camino.

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