5 Great Moments In El Camino History

5 Great Moments In El Camino History

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Yesterday morning we heard reports that Ford was thinking of killing their Falcon Ute. The Ute is only sold in Australia, so why do we care? Well, that takes a bit of explaining. The Ford Falcon Ute is a direct descendant of the Ford Ranchero—a half car, half pick up truck that debuted in 1957 that was such as success, GM had to come out with the Chevrolet El Camino, which went on to dominate the market. No Ford Ranchero, no El Camino.

So, even if we don't get the Falcon Ute here in States, we like knowing that the El Camino's genes still survive somewhere in the world. Luckily, new reports came out saying that the Ute is safe and sound in Fords lineup for a number of years. But all that doom mongering had us reminiscing, not about the Ford Ranchero, but about some of our favorite recent El Camino moments. Take a look at our top five...

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N.W.A. "Boyz N The Hood" (1987)
• They may have been cruising down the block in a '64, but they couldn't avoid bumping into an El Camino.
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The Wonder Years (1988)
• In the opening credits of the hit 80s show, a '59 El Camino is seen sitting on someones front lawn. Maybe if Kevin had one of those, he would have had a little more luck with the ladies, instead of focusing on that one dick tease for his entire life.

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King of the Hill: "The Redneck on Rainey Street"
• After discovering that he doesn't have enough money to get his daughter into a prestigious prep school, Hank Hill's upwardly mobile Asian neighbor Kahn fails to see the point in all his hard work, says fuck it, and assumes the life of a redneck. His first order of business? Buying an El Camino.

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Beck "Girl" (2005)
• In his Al Jaffee-inspired video for the second single from Guerro, Beck ditches a limo in favor of a '72 El Camino with racing stripes.

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My Name Is Earl (2005)
• Somewhere along the line El Camino's became one of the stereotypical redneck cars. So it was no surprise to find that one of our favorite rednecks, Earl J. Hickey, drove one.

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