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Old 04-16-2012, 10:28 AM   #4291
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I've never understood the aussie/kiwi passion for 'utes.' Did you guys ever get the American contributions to the ute world, the El Camino and Ranchero? In fact the El Camino may have been the first ute if I'm not mistaken, though over here it was known as the the "gentleman's pickup."

Doesn't this qualify as the first "ute"


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Old 04-16-2012, 01:33 PM   #4292
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Doesn't this qualify as the first "ute"
That was considered a pickup truck, though it didn't really differ much from the the 'cars' of the time. A ute had to wait several decades for the pickup and the car to diverge signifantly enough for someone to have the great idea of a combining the two again.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #4293
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I've never understood the aussie/kiwi passion for 'utes.' Did you guys ever get the American contributions to the ute world, the El Camino and Ranchero? In fact the El Camino may have been the first ute if I'm not mistaken, though over here it was known as the the "gentleman's pickup."
1934. Designed by Ford Australia for farmers who wanted the protection and comfort of a sedan, and the load carrying ability of a truck.

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Old 04-16-2012, 02:50 PM   #4294
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ah! Ute = Utility. I see said the blind man
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:17 PM   #4295
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1934. Designed by Ford Australia for farmers who wanted the protection and comfort of a sedan, and the load carrying ability of a truck.

Alright, so maybe the convicts invented them, but I think we perfected them.



(sorry for knocking the aussies, nothing personal, I just watch too much top gear)
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:39 PM   #4296
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Alright, so maybe the convicts invented them, but I think we perfected them.



(sorry for knocking the aussies, nothing personal, I just watch too much top gear)
Perfected, eh? I dunno about that, all of your cars have got the steering wheel on the wrong side.

As for the El Camino's, a few obviously made it over here 'cos there's 1 that lives about 10 miles from my place, way up north in NZ.

It's been a while since I've seen it, even though it is pretty much a daily driver given the state of it, and it looks to be the same generation as your photo, but it's definitely not the full-fat SS.

Anyway ... when it comes to Aussie bashing, don't worry about it, we get our own back on you guys with Top Gear UK AND Top Gear Aussie ...


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Old 04-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #4297
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Uhmmm, a perfect Aussie ute? By a 'Merican?
Shirley you jest......

And what's this crap about Aussie-baiting? Everyone knows we never bite.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:39 PM   #4298
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Pretty tough country - here & NZ, when I was fencing I ended up buying one of these to get around the back country where I am;

Six wheel drive Amphibious ATV - Canadian ARGO, worth its weight in gold sometimes!
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:56 PM   #4299
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:04 PM   #4300
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Nope, that's a Hustler [USA], that they used, engine in the rear & not good exiting the water because of it, didn't have as big a payload either as the ARGO
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:30 PM   #4301
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Never saw an El Camino in NZ back in the day, but lusted after one after reading Dirt Bike mag and Super Hunky's very funny words about their EC.

Have seen a couple lately and I reckon they're a fine looking machinne.

The ute became so popular here because it was an excellent light work and load carrying vehicle while offering the comfort of a car. A good compromise vehicle.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:28 AM   #4303
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A class of MX for the gentleman rider?
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:33 AM   #4304
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:55 AM   #4305
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A class of MX for the gentleman rider?

That is at the National track in Budds Creek Md at a vintage race earlier this month. They have a mini class as well and that is my son and I on CRF150f's, which is a lot of fun!
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