Saturday, February 21, 2009

1971 Ford Ranchero GT on eBay

The Ford Ranchero and Chevy El Camino could be considered the first SUVs - Sporty, in that they drove like cars, which they were, and practical (the utility part), in that you could use them as a pick-up truck, which they also were.

The Ranchero was introduced in 1957 and was based on a full size Ford platform. In 1960 it was downsized, and became based on the Ford Falcon. In 1968 the Ranchero was upsized again, this time being based on the Ford Torino.

This 1971 Ranchero GT being offered on eBay, is, in my opinion, the best looking of all the Ranchero models. The hidden headlights and the hood scoop give it a very cool muscle car look.

With a (matching number) 351 Cleveland under the hood, this Ranchero has enough power to get out of it's own way and keep up with many performance cars of this era. (The 429 Cobra Jet engine was an option and made the Ranchero very fast. Scary fast.)

This car is in very nice condition for its age. The body appears to be straight and rust free and while the interior could use some tidying, it's certainly in better shape than most cars of this age. I wouldn't change anything on this vehicle. Maybe a set of period correct Crager mags would look cool, but if you don't want to spend the money, the stock wheels and trim rings look fine.
This is one of those great vehicles that could be driven regularly and also be a hit at any car show.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this 1971 Ford Ranchero.

Click here to see the Ford Ranchero Club website.

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