Curbside Outtake: 1959 Chevrolet El Camino – Psychedelic

Which is more psychedelic: the tie-dye T shirts or the ’59 El Camino?

My pick is the El Camino. Given that LSD was legal at the time, and it was being used in the mid-late ’50s in therapy and other experiments, I can’t help but wonder if Bill Mitchell didn’t slip some into the water cooler at the GM Design Center when the ’59s were being developed.

It was a treat to see this Elky again this past summer; I first shot it and wrote it up way back in 2015. It’s still serving its owner well, especially as a way to draw some attention to his wares.


Related CC reading:

Curbside Classic: 1959 Chevrolet El Camino – I Have Seen Many Strange And Amazing Things In America

Vintage SIA Design History: “GM’s Far Out ’59s – When Imagination Ran Rampant”