Despite being the first "coupe-utility" on the market, the Ford Ranchero exists in the long shadow of the Chevrolet El Camino. That can lead to us overlooking gems like —it's not an icon, but at the very least, it deserves attention.
Ford offered the Squire trim on the fifth-generation Ranchero, built in 1970 and 1971 and patterened after the popular Country Squire wagon. That meant wood, and lots of it, giving this truck a distinct look. Rancheros of this vintage came equipped with a selection of Ford's V8s, including . This one has a more pedestrian 351ci V8, which should still be powerful enough to haul your stuff around.
Take a look at these pictures, and you'll notice this Ranchero is super clean. The seller says it was subject to a frame-up restoration, and we don't have a hard time believing that. Its interior is especially nice, with all the blue padded vinyl you could ever ask for. This truck has power steering and power brakes, too, which should help make it a lot more drivable in modern traffic.
The seller is . You'd probably have to wait a long time before you found a similar truck in such good condition.
We think it's worth your consideration. The El Camino might get all the love, but the Ranchero has a lot to offer.