Posts Tagged ‘ranchero’

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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Light Truck Tuesday – 1965 Ford Ranchero

April 22, 2014

Based on the compact Falcon series, the second generation Ranchero debuted in 1960 to compete with vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvair Rampside pickup, and the pickup version of the VW Type 2 van. Though on the larger Chevelle platform, the El Camino returned to the market in 1964 and gave the Ranchero some additional competition, and if you were thinking outside the mainstream, you could also buy one of the early Datsun pickups, a Toyota Stout, or a Morris Minor pickup. With an 800-lb. load capacity, Rancheros couldn’t haul too much, but were useful for light duty, and most Falcon Rancheros were therefore sold with the 144ci or 170ci inline six. That didn’t keep owners from upgrading to match the higher 260 or 289 spec – check out this 1965 Ford Ranchero for sale for $3900 in Ukiah, CA.

1965 Ford Ranchero left front

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RustyButTrusty on the Street – Thunderbird, Celica, and Ranchero

November 12, 2013

It’s time for a long-overdue episode of RustyButTrusty on the Street. Daylight savings means there’s less time in the day to photograph finds with good lighting, so the pickings have been slimmer. But there are still interesting cars out there, including this impeccable 1964 Ford Thunderbird Landau running its original California black license plates. This car is a resident of this neighborhood, and does appear to be frequently driven.

1964 Ford Thunderbird Landau on the street

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