Was it some place reliable or just some talk on the street?
I like the looks of the one-piece body. On the Holden web site they have a pic history of the UTE and it is a kind of El Camino based on an Australian car called a Comodore. But I think that 2nd gen S-10s with the bed welded up to the cab look just as good.
It is in fact a 2002 El Camino, it sells only in Australia. It sells for $36,490, sound kinda spendy, not really, I'm sure some of you might have got an X for about the same amount of money. Remember that the $36,490 price tag is Australian coin! In good old US dollors thats about 19,000, not to bad huh?? And you can even get the lesser V-6 model w/ stick for around $12,000 US!!
It is rear wheel drive unlike most of the cars that have been brought back from the later years. An 5.7l LS1 resides under the hood but was knocked down to 300hp. Hot Rod tested it to 260-odd rwhp. There is already a booming after market for parts on this thing. It is available in a T56 six-speed or a 4LE60E four-speed auto w/ OD.
I would love to have one...
More info can be found in the September 01' Hot Rod.