February 15, 2019
This 1973 Ford Ranchero 500 was advertised as “The pickup car.” Not sure how a line like that would go over these days (we’re looking at you, Coca-Cola and Delta airlines!), but 46 years ago it meant “…the style, maneuverability, power, ride and comfort of a car—plus the toughness and load-carrying ability of a pickup.” Standard under the hood was Ford’s 250CID six, but optional were five different V-8 engines: a 302CID, two versions of the 351, and one each of the 400 and 429. This Ranchero, the seventh generation of the vehicle which debuted for 1957, was the penultimate version, and based on the Torino; 1977-79 models shared styling with Ford’s new-for 1977 LTD II. This green example was seen in one of the Tonawandas’ Canal Fest Parades.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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