The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 55
1957 Ford Ranchero Custom

Selling on Friday

1957 Ford Ranchero Custom


• The first year of the iconic hybrid car/truck
• Stylish blue and cream paint finish over excellent bodywork
• Factory cloth and vinyl upholstery in excellent condition
• Rated for 1,190 pounds of cargo capacity

292 cid V-8 engine, 212 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front trailing arms with coil springs, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”

Talk about your split personality... the 1957 Ford Ranchero sales brochure proclaimed right up front that the new Ranchero was “More than a car! More than a truck!” The idea of a “coupe express” had been around since the 1920s, and the Aussies used their “Utes”, to marry a car and a pickup into one vehicle for a long time. With an all-steel two-door station wagon already in the pipeline, it made sense for Ford to create their version of a car/truck so, in 1957, you could finally look just as good in a Suburban driveway or a busy lumberyard.

This sweet first year truck is highly finished in very nice Dresden Blue and Colonial White, with great chrome and trim throughout. The panel fit and the painted bed are likewise in excellent shape. It’s highly optioned - for a truck - with a signal seeking radio, electric clock, sunburst wheel covers, bumper guards, and a padded instrument panel. From the clean and useful six-foot bed out back to the huge chrome front end, this Ranchero is in first rate condition throughout, including all glass and rubber seals. Inside, the two-tone white and blue interior and door panels are really cool, with clean carpets, a space-age dash, and plenty of chrome throughout the interior. Everything works well and looks factory new in this comfortable and spacious interior, and Ford’s idea of a new “Ute” was a big success.

The clean engine compartment highlights the “Thunderbird” engine option, with obvious updates like a new radiator and excellent attention to detail. Mated to a three-speed manual transmission with power steering, this Ranchero Custom is easily driven by anyone, and the overall impression of a nicely cared for classic is obvious from stem to stern. Highly trimmed like the Custom 300 automobile, this lovely Ranchero Custom will provide the new owner with dramatic styling, powerful performance, and the versatility that only a true car/truck hybrid could offer in 1957.

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