The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 61
1970 Ford Ranchero 500

Selling on Friday

1970 Ford Ranchero 500

CHASSIS NO: 0R47H155402

• Newly redesigned for 1970
• Functional hood scoop and factory chrome wheels
• 351 cubic-inches of V-8 power
• Very nice original condition throughout

351 cid V-8 engine, 250 HP, automatic transmission, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, independent front coil spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 114

The Ford Ranchero is a coupe utility that was produced by Ford between 1957 and 1979. Unlike a pickup truck, the Ranchero was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. A total of 508,355 units were produced during the model's production run. Over its lifespan it was variously derived from full-sized, compact, and intermediate automobiles sold by Ford for the North American market. The originals sold well enough to spawn a General Motors competitor in 1959, the El Camino.

While Chevrolet's El Camino used the same body from 1968 to 1972, 1970 had a complete restyle for the Ranchero, which had started with a boxy body style. Both the Torino and Ranchero featured a shallow-pointed grille and front end with smooth, somewhat more curvaceous lines influenced by coke bottle styling. A fourth trim option was made available in 1970. Like in previous years, all Torino trim and engine options could be ordered, including the new "shaker" hood scoop on this lovely vehicle, so named because it was directly mounted to the carburetor and shook with the engine at idle. Inside, the roomy interior looks great, with plush seating surfaces, original carpets, and an original dashboard complete with the stock instruments and new Ranchero badging on the glove compartment. Outside, the Burnt Auburn paint is clean and solid, with fine panel fit throughout, and even the factory pinstriping and details look sharp. The American Racing alloy wheels look just right with meaty blackwall tires. The 351 cubic-inch V-8 in this fine-looking Ranchero is well-renowned for its durability and smooth operation, and this one looks clean and correct.

The Ranchero was the first postwar American vehicle of its type adapted from a popular sedan from the factory. This lovely 1970 Ranchero combines the sleek looks of a sedan with the utility of a light-duty pickup truck, all in one exceptionally rugged package.

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