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History The Car That Never Was: 1959 Pontiac El Catalina

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Car That Never Was: 1959 Pontiac El Catalina

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  2. chevy57dude
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    Very classy. Watched it go across the auction block on TV. So glad it still exists.
     
  3. Rolleiflex
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    There are several Pontiac "El Camino" styled vehicles out there. Most of them miss the mark in proportions. This one is so right! Of course what else would one expect of a GM prototype.
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  4. But was there a Buick El Copio???
     
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  5. Jive-Bomber
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    I did find this bitchin' model kit of one:
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  6. DDDenny
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    Gawd I love this shot (snow)!
    And that interior, not a thread out of place.
    Why does this Chevy guy get all warm and fuzzy looking at this car???
     
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  7. B.A.KING
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    I got 2 el Caminos... I want one of these......How much did it sell for at Auction???
     
  8. B.A.KING
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    $340,000, lets see monthly payments......x todays interest rates,
    Dang I'd just like to find front sheet metal to put on a elky rear.
    That car has GREAT LINES............
     
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  9. verde742
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    OT but remember another GM project? THE "el Marocco"

    in 1957 . Could NOT have sold many... yet they produced 'em[​IMG]
     
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  10. Squablow
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    Really pretty car, and I hate to be "that guy", but it should be La Catalina, or El Catalino.

    There are a few El Camino/GTO mashups around based on the Malibu sized El Camino. I'd like to see a 1960 version, they had nice lines that would also translate well into pickup form.
     
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  11. Murphy32
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    Here's my version:

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  12. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    Verde: About 20 El Morocco's each year ( 1956/57 ), not made by GM, but a 3rd party independent, attaching Cad quarters and trim, etc. to Chevy's.

    '59 Olds version by Titus;

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  13. mgtstumpy
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    Wow, what gorgeous car. If only! :D
     
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  14. 31 B'ville
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    Here it is , built decades ago by the late Larry "Gib" Mahle, decades ago. 1960 El Bonneville,Larry Mahle.jpg
     
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  15. KoolKat-57
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    pictures 111.JPG pictures 113.JPG pictures 112.JPG 1960 El Poncho
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  16. 1959 Canadian Pontiac front clip bolts on with NO mods at all. Find a wagon for rear 1/4's and have at it
     
  17. garage2small
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    20180715_071803.jpg 20180715_071819.jpg This car is still around in East Tennessee, saw it at Cars and coffee in Knoxville either this spring or last fall. Don't think its the same car though the Mahle car has Bonneville script and this has Star Chief also notice the white top and lack of lower front fender badge. But it is curious that two of these would be made and in the same color!
     
  18. stuart in mn
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    There were at least two 1960 'El Safari' cars built, as shown above. If you look closely, I believe the one with the white top has shorter doors than the other one. I've seen one or two built from 1955-1957 Pontiacs as well.
     
  19. Slopok
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    The Star Chief one appears to have used a 4 door rear window, much longer curved sides than the others.
    More wrap around glass.
     
  20. verde742
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    OK, never heard story of el Morocco's ... thanks

    the two Pontiacs are SO DIFFERENT, start with the tailites and move forward >> crazy, they BOTH NEEDED SKIRTS?
     
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  21. Deuces
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    Very cool indeed.... :cool:
     
  22. classiccarjack
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    I like the Pontiac version better... To bad it wasn't mass produced.

    Sent from my Moto Z (2) using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  23. Blade58
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    It's a Beauty !
     
  24. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    Nice looking lines.
    Yeah, the short door w wraparound glass looks to be converted from a 4 door. Not picking on the car, but if you look closely, there seems to be a wave in the body side (between the side trim lines) where the back door jamb was.

    Would be interesting to see a 2 dr. (long door) done with the 4 dr wraparound glass. Would shorten up that extremely long quarter/bed another 6" or so...
     
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  26. Atwater Mike
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    Pontiac 'El Caminos'. 'Imagineering' at its best. Appreciated the posts in this one, many more than I thought.
    I also thought Pontiacs were wider in body panels, never thought Pontiac sheet metal could be applied to Chevy El Camino...
    What you can learn on the HAMB!
     
  27. Squablow
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    El Poncho, that's perfect! Perfect name, really exceptionally well executed, and I love the third tail light added to the top of the tailgate! Fender scripts are a really nice touch as well. My hat's off to that builder.
     
  28. oldspert
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    There is an El Moroco for sale in East Texas.
     
  29. Stogy
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    What's not to like...Its a beautiful one off...and it survived. A lot of companies destroy the prototypes no doubt GM did it to. The era of Automobile we celebrate here and the performance related factory offerings are always intriguing to study.

    Thanks @Jive-Bomber...;)
     

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