The US auto industry is globally famous for building a large number of iconic models, including the Chevrolet El Camino.

Produced in four generations between 1959 and 1987, the car shared the mechanics of some of the most famous cars of the American company (including the Impala, the Chevelle, the Malibù and the Monte Carlo).

But perhaps El Camino made small high-performance pickups famous all over the world and is still loved by many today.

Chevrolet has never tried to develop a fifth series and for this reason, some companies have tried to imitate it over time. Among these, there is the Californian DiMora based in the city of Carpinteria.

The company, founded in 1980 by Sir Alfred J. DiMora on the ashes of Clénet Coachworks, produced vintage style cars. In 2007, though, DiMora wanted to create something new: the company then started with a modern interpretation of El Camino, the XJ Coupè.

Based on the second generation of Chrysler Concorde with the rear passenger compartment was removed to make room for a load platform accessible via an electronically activated hatch.

Painted in iridescent colour, the car had a new V6 3.2 engine made by ATK to replace the previous 220 hp EGW V6 3.2.

Managed by a four-speed automatic transmission, the engine generated 260 hp, guaranteeing acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 240 km / h.

VERDICT

The car remained in the concept car stage and perhaps this was good as the design was perhaps a little too awkward to be commercially successful.

Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation

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