George Kennedy on what came before the iconic Chevy El Camino. Long, long before the El Camino:
The coupe/truck was pretty successful in its initial year, selling 3,000 units in 1937. The cab of the Coupe Express was re-bodied in 1938, and sales fell to 1,200. The truck was restyled again in 1939 and sales dropped to 1,000. The Coupe Express would not return for the 1940 model year. Such a combination of car-like sensibilities and truck utility would not be seen again until the Ford Ranchero and Chevy El Camino.
The Coupe Express looked more like a truck than an El Camino which looked more like a car.
See what I mean?