By Vern Parker
In 1957 the powers that be at the Chevrolet division of General Motors witnessed the success that rival Ford was experiencing with their car/truck Ranchero and decided to respond with the Chevrolet El Camino.
The El Camino was a handsome passenger car styled vehicle with a pickup truck type bed with a tailgate.
The attractive El Camino was introduced in 1959 and proved to be popular with motorists wanting passenger car comfort along with the versatility of a pickup truck.
Years later the continuing appeal of an El Camino was not lost on Randy Denchfield, a roofing contractor in Maryland. Large trucks were necessary for large tasks, however, he found the El Camino ideal for tasks not needing an excessive amount of hauling capability.
Besides, he says, the El Camino looked cool and drove like a car. Consequently, he purchased a black El Camino and drove it for several years. He thoroughly enjoyed his El Camino but it seemed to be a magnet for other vehicles on the road.
After surviving a number of collisions and being totaled by his insurance company he reluctantly realized the time had come to replace his El Camino.