Yes, the 2024 Chevy Chevelle Is Here: How About an El Camino?
With a confluence of digital design, 3D printed parts, and the one-percenters with too much money, everything automotive now seems possible. Even a new 2024 Chevy Chevelle. This year, Trans Am Worldwide demonstrated this synergy by debuting its 70/SS. A contemporary version of the 1970 Chevelle, it follows the company’s playbook of reimaginations based on the current Camaro platform. But how about an El Camino next?
What’s the 2024 Chevy Chevelle based on?
Trans Am Worldwide’s most ambitious project yet, the entire Camaro is reskinned with carbon fiber body panels into a Chevelle, an iconic name long dropped from Chevy’s lexicon of legendary cars. Everything available with a new sixth-gen Camaro, especially its general engineering and modern reliability, comes with the 70/SS. That means convertible or coupe and six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Trans Am Worldwide (TAW) upgrades the suspension and modifies the interior to match the external mods. The company builds limited editions of specific engines, like a 1,500-hp twin-turbo version it calls the LSX. But it also creates various reincarnations of models from Chevelle history, like the “SS 454” and “SS 396.” That keeps these models limited as well. But it helps amortize its design, engineering, and tooling over more than 25 examples.
The process has also worked well for TAW’s contemporary Firebird based on the Camaro. Available for a few years, it has proven TAW’s business case for these unique and well-done automobiles. Especially with the Camaro platform, you instantly get a coupe and a convertible. But then what?
Is the El Camino popular enough to create from a 2024 Chevelle?
GM’s path has always been to create as many variants from its expensive tooling as possible. The original Chevelle came not only as a coupe and convertible but also as a station wagon and four-door sedan. It was also the basis for the El Camino ute pickup.
That Chevelle sub-brand continues to enjoy a strong following 35 years after the last one rolled off the assembly line in Mexico. And its sedan/pickup makeup has found new favor with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick, and smaller unibody pickups in the works from other manufacturers.
So since we’re talking about confluences, we wondered if the collision of increased El Camino-like popularity, combined with Trans Am Worldwide’s excellent contemporary Chevelle makings, might point the company toward doing an El Camino variant. We’re sure the Tallahasse-based car manufacturer’s plate is probably full of cranking out Trans Am and Chevelle limited editions.
How likely is it for Trans Am Worldwide to make an El Camino?
But the time seems ripe for an El Camino to happen. The likelihood is doubtful, but we can at least wonder. This variant would require more modifications to the Camaro platform than the current company offerings. So that in itself probably deems an El Camino unlikely.
But we’re seeing pickup conversions in kit form for Dodge Chargers, A4 Audis, Jettas, and more. And the prices seem reasonable. Could this kit approach to Trans Ams ingredients make an El Camino more feasible?
Who knows? We can speculate all day long. The point is that with the proliferation of impossible production of reborn Aston Martin DB4s, re-created Bugatti Type 37As, and more, anything and everything is possible. If a market for a far-flung car exists, enthusiasts could be ready to fill it.