GMC Caballero
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: GMC
Model: Caballero
GMC Caballero

The GMC Caballero was the automaker's version of the Chevrolet El Camino. If one recalls, this segment is made up of vehicles that are more or less car truck hybrids. This particular model began under the moniker Sprint from 1971 until 1977, at which point, it was renamed the GMC Caballero. This change took place when the line was redesigned along with the rest of the General Motors A platform line. This major shift was completed in 1978. Later, in 1982, the line became the GM G platform furthering the confusion in following these models through the years. The GMC Caballero shared its mechanicals with the Chevy Malibu sedan, but it did have a 9-inch longer wheelbase. But, on the other hand, with the exception of different nameplates it was difficult to distinguish a Caballero from an El Camino at more than a few steps away. This explanation is largely given as the reason that the Caballero never sold near the volume of the El Camino. Basically, this came down to the rudimentary fact that many never even knew a GMC version existed. On the plus side, its rarity counts as a plus to many El Camino fans and collectors. In terms of where the model's name originated, the name Caballero is from the Spanish language and its most common definition today is "gentleman". Technically though, the definition is "horseman" which is related to the English 'cowboy'. Again, technically speaking, the more appropriate term for cowboy would be 'vaquero'. To the delight of collectors, a special edition model known as the Diablo, Spanish for "Devil", was created with a special hood treatment that included a picture of a demon, although logically it seems that would be a bad omen to have the devil riding around on the hood of your car.

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