Both nameplates soldiered on for decades and became the most iconic coupe utility vehicles built in the United States, overshadowing similar offers from the competition. The El Camino actually lasted a bit longer.
But what if the El Camino had arrived first at the coupe utility party in 1956, before the Ranchero? What would it have looked like back then, when the Biscayne wasn’t a thing?
Well, it would have been based on the full-size vehicle Chevrolet offered at the time, namely the Tri-Five series. The latter was available in every body style save for a pickup and came in three different trim levels: 150, 210, and Bel Air.
And a ute would have been totally doable back then since the Tri-Five lineup also included a two-door station wagon. The latter was available in all three trims, so the El Camino could have gotten them as well, with a Bel Air as a range-topper. But that didn’t happen, so it’s almost pointless to discuss that now, right?
Discovered by “Corner Classic Car Hunter” in what appears to be a salvage yard, this pickup is essentially a butchered Nomad. How can we be sure? Mostly because it still carries “Bel Air” badges on the rear fender and the marks left by the chrome trim suggest that as well.
Unfortunately, though, the pickup is in poor condition. According to the sticker on the windshield, this vehicle was last titled in the early 1980s, which means it spent more than 40 years off the road. But was it built before that and used for a few years?
Was the conversion completed after the Nomad was taken off the road? That’s a piece of information I don’t have, but it’s definitely worth saving as a project car.
But here’s the interesting thing: I’ve seen this pickup before. I first spotted it for sale back in April 2022. It was parked in a junkyard and advertised for $10,000.
This could mean that whoever bought it is trying it flip it, but it could also mean that it’s waiting its turn to be revived.
And I’m hoping it’s the latter because I’d really love to see this strange yet cool hauler back on the road. The only dilemma here is whether we should call it a Belamino or a Nomadino. What do you think?
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