CHASSIS NO: 2A47H136728
• First year of the newly redesigned Ranchero
• Last year before federally mandated bumpers
• A highly original example that looks great
• V-8 power and a 1-ton payload
351 cid V-8 engine, 164 HP, automatic transmission, coil spring front suspension, rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 118”
In 1972, Ford buyers looking for a bit more thrust from their car-based pickups could check the option box for the 351 cubic-inch V-8, and this Ranchero was built with the Q-code 351 V-8 and a three-speed automatic transmission, greatly adding to this truck’s appeal. The sixth-generation Ranchero lost the pointy look of the previous year's model with a wide semi-oval grille reminiscent of a jet intake, and a lower stance from the new body-on-frame design. It’s also the last Ranchero before new federal standards for front impact protection forced large and ungainly bumpers onto all cars for quite a few years.
This Ranchero looks great inside and has a nice list of options including power disc brakes, power steering, air-conditioning, and the crack-free original dash has the original AM radio in place. The vinyl bench seat looks great and is very comfortable, with matching door panels and carpets in fine condition with floor mats. The maroon paint and silver graphics are very sharp, with a body color bed liner material out back with chrome surround accents. The truck has solid panel gaps, doors and tailgate that operate properly, and excellent chrome and trim throughout. The cool dual hood scoops and redesigned grille give this Ranchero a decidedly muscle car look, and it’s a vehicle you can't help but notice. Raise the hood, and you’ll see a nicely maintained Ford V-8 in that familiar blue engine paint that looks great without even needing to be highly detailed. It’s tidy without being show, and certainly appears to be bone stock and ready to go. It rides on the factory alloy wheels and radial T/A tires, and this entire Ranchero is a beautiful and consistent presentation throughout.
These Rancheros are recognized as a landmark collector car and owning one with V-8 power and original sheet metal is definitely the way to go. Today, you need look no further than Corpus Christi, where Rancheros (and a few El Caminos) rule!