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The “WTF?!” Files: Bel Camino? What Happens When The 1950s Meets 1978?

The “WTF?!” Files: Bel Camino? What Happens When The 1950s Meets 1978?

Have you ever seen a 1994-ish Ford Thunderbird that someone has gone to the trouble to make a 1950 Ford out of? They’re bad. There is no way on this Earth anyone could claim that it’s anything else other than a 1994 Thunderbird, regardless of the rounded fenders and welcome-to-the-early-1950s styling cues. For many, new cars are a turnoff due to styling alone. They don’t like the boxy 1980s style, the pure aero 1990s style, or the retro 2000s look. They want 1950s-1970s shapes and curves, even if they have to bite the bullet and make one of their own out of something more new and modern. That’s why we’ve seen late-model Corvettes shaped like 1958 models, and why S197 Mustangs have been turned into 1969-1970 Mustangs with body panels.

Most of the same could be said here. The base car is a 1978 Chevrolet El Camino. G-body platform, utility body style, smog engines, square-as-a-brick style. Except there is so much 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air going on here that you’re waiting for the doo-wop music to kick on at a moment’s notice. The dash is 1957 Chevrolet, but the seats, door panels and steering wheel are Elky. The nose and fins are Bel Air, but the bodyline around the doors is pure G-body. There is a lot to process here, and I don’t want to outright bash the car. There’s a lot of this combination that actually works out. It doesn’t seem like a hack job, just a very, very odd choice.

There’s going to be some strong opinions one way or another over this car. At least it’s better than someone carving up a real-deal wagon to make one, right? Remember that the original El Camino didn’t appear until 1959…

Craigslist Link: 1978 Chevrolet El Camino with 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air re-working

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11 thoughts on “The “WTF?!” Files: Bel Camino? What Happens When The 1950s Meets 1978?

  1. skeptical

    This thing has been on Craigslist forever. I suspect it will continue to be there for quite a long time too.

  2. Matt Cramer

    There’s a few angles that look a bit off, but overall it’s not bad. This seems like the sort of thing I’d have expected to go really wrong from the description, but the only thing that looks really off are the Chris Bangle looking scallops on the front fenders.

  3. john T

    jesus h christ that is bad. The execution is good, the overall visual effect of the proportions , just no. I will never understand why people don’t chop up a photo or two or do a bit of photoshopping before putting this much effort in, only to realise that it just doesnt work.

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