Posts Tagged ‘pickup’

Dueling Farmers – 1961 and 1962 Ford Ranchero

June 9, 2016

While Antipodeans used their utes – half car, half truck – as a true dual purpose vehicle for transporting sheep and taking the family to town, it’s hard to find any evidence (in a quick image search) that Americans did the same. There are plenty of hot-rodded Rancheros and El Caminos, and plenty being used by urban farmers hauling their stuff in town. Perhaps fuel and full-size trucks were cheap enough in North America, or the farm roads rough enough, that the cars didn’t do well with their actual target demographic. Or perhaps, as is so often the case with utilitarian vehicles, Ford’s marketeers had stumbled on an early lifestyle product – selling an image urban North Americans wanted to project to their community. Period advertising certainly suggests that, with plenty of images of the vehicles parked at some farm with a cowboy standing nearby, or in one ad, just a cowboy hat kind of floating above the truck car. So if you’d like to project a retro-urban-cowboy image, or you just have bulky car parts to haul around, take a look at this 1961 Ford Ranchero for sale for $3300 in Portland, OR.

1961 Ford Ranchero left side

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Ranger XR4Ti – 1989 Ford Ranger Turbo

April 16, 2016

There aren’t many trucks that capture that 1980s sense of turbocharged fun – Toyota briefly offered turbocharged versions of its Hilux trucks in the 1980s, and of course there was GMC’s over-the-top Syclone, but that was about it. If you wanted something with a peaky turbo engine and the ability to haul half the contents of a 1-bedroom apartment, you had to look to Sweden, where you could get a Saab 900 turbo or a Volvo 240 Turbo wagon. But what if you didn’t? Answering that question is this 1989 Ford Ranger turbo for sale for $4000 in Vancouver, WA.

1989 Ford Ranger turbo right front

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Mo Wheels, Mo Problems – 1989 Isuzu Pickup

March 17, 2016

A recent in-flight showing of Straight Outta Compton brought back memories of the whole minitruck craze of the 1980s. The ingredients are obvious – take a basic vehicle, no matter how limited in performance, and apply a flashy paint job, bigger wheels, lowered suspension, and the loudest stereo you can get at Circuit City. Of course, once the trend passed, some surviving examples of this trend seem to have turned into daily drivers, and that’s what’s clearly the case for this 1989 Isuzu six-wheel pickup for sale for $3000 in Copperas Cove, TX.

1989 Isuzu pickup right front

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