The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 145
1959 Ford Ranchero Custom Pickup

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1959 Ford Ranchero Custom Pickup


• Last year of the first series Ranchero Custom
• Lovely and correct two-tone paint and chrome
• AACA National Award winner
• Desirable 300 HP V-8 engine with air-conditioning

352 cid V-8 engine, 300 HP, automatic transmission, independent front control arm suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes, wheelbase: 118

The final-year 1959 Ranchero stood as a major design improvement. The 1959 Ford line can perhaps best be described as the McNamara Ford -- like Ford's president at the time, it was the "square American." In its day, the 1959 was considered by many to be the most beautiful Ford ever built, and it was in fact awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Styling at the Brussels World Fair. The 1959 was highlighted by a 20-percent larger compound-curve "Safety-Vision" windshield, a star-studded grille, plus huge round tail lamps set into large aluminum reflective saucers. They were topped by the backup lights, which were the end point for the jet tubes and tiny fins that started just aft of the doors.

This lovely Ranchero Custom sports exceptional two-tone paint, a like-new painted bed, and tons of excellent chrome and trim. Its clean from bottom to top, all the doors shut properly, and it simply shows signs of regular and conscientious maintenance throughout its life. The three-tone interior is simply excellent, sporting air conditioning, dual spotlights, and an AM radio among all that chrome. Its no wonder that an AACA National Award badge accompanies the car. The engine bay is nicely preserved with correct finishes throughout, including the Ford Blue paint on the big V-8 engine itself, which is likely original. It fires up quickly and easily, idles easily, and pulls hard out on the open road. The transmission shifts as it should, and the 9-inch rear is full of highway friendly 2.91 gears, making this an ideal long-distance cruiser you can comfortably drive to any car show anywhere in the country.

In 1960, the Ranchero would be redesigned and land on the compact Falcon chassis and would never again be part of the full-sized Ford lineup. Extremely popular with 1959 Ford fans, the Ranchero is a hot collectible, particularly with the ultra-rare 352 cubic-inch V-8. This one is fully sorted and presents beautifully, a car that you can drive regularly and still show proudly at virtually any event in the country.

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