This 1959 Pontiac El Catalina is the ultimate ute unicorn


While spotting an El Camino or a Ranchero is no rare sight, Pontiac’s take on the half-car-half-truck ute is literally one of a kind. That’s because Pontiac never actually pulled the trigger on building them, leaving just one completed 1959 prototype that the company finalized for development testing and evaluation. Although it was originally a roughly cobbled-together love-child of a ’59 Catalina Safari and an El Camino, this truly special 1959 Pontiac “El Catalina” has benefitted from the commitment and hard work of its owner and restorers to bring it to life as GM might have once intended.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/05/09/1959-pontiac-el-catalina-the-ultimate-ute