The NEW El Camino That GM Killed Moments Before its Official Release
It’s highly unlikely that the Chevrolet El Camino, or any similar car-truck hybrid, will make a comeback anytime soon. It seems like the market that has shifted so much just would never be able to provide the type of demand necessary to support the mass production of such a machine. However, the passionate niche community that longs for such a vehicle hasn’t given up hope of witnessing the revival of this unique concept and they were almost granted their dream… almost.
For those who belong to this category of enthusiasts, it might be both exciting and disappointing to learn that a resurrection of this type of ride almost occurred. Interestingly, this near revival was under the umbrella of Pontiac, and it came tantalizingly close to breathing new life into a modern-day “El Camino.”
The story of this almost-forgotten gem involves the Pontiac G8, an auto show, and even the rapper 50 Cent, offering a glimpse into the fascinating world of automotive what-ifs.
Unfortunately, as history recalls, Pontiac met its demise in 2010. However, the concept of the Pontiac GT ST offers a glimmer of hope to those who dream of adding a contemporary take on the El Camino to their car collection.
In the video below, we turn to the VINWiki Facebook page to delve deeper into this intriguing story about the “what if” legend, shedding light on how this exciting idea nearly became a reality. When we hear stories like these, it sparks our curiosity about the other innovative ideas Pontiac might have had up its sleeve before General Motors made the difficult decision to pull the plug on this once-iconic brand.
Exploring the might-have-beens of automotive history often reminds us of the rich tapestry of ideas and concepts that have shaped the industry, even if they never made it to production.