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1979 Ford Ranchero

The North American market was introduced to the half-pickup/half-car truck concept in 1957 by the Ford Motor Company with the Ranchero. This was not a new idea, however, as the formula had been popular in Australia since the 1930s, and was known as 'Ute' - short for 'Utility Vehicle'. The introduction of the Ranchero in 1957 marked the beginning of a 23-year long production run with a total of 508,355 units produced.

Throughout the years, the Ranchero was built in five different body styles ranging in size from compact to full-size, and everything from economy to luxury. Initially, the Ranchero was based on the full-sized Ford Fairlane platform. In 1960, the Ford Motor Company moved the Ranchero to the more compact and economical Ford Falcon platform. It shifted back to the Ford Fairlane platform in 1967 and a year later when the Fairlane line was enhanced by the Torino, the Ranchero by default became a Torino-based vehicle. The years that followed witnessed cosmetic and mechanical modifications, and improved fuel economy, until a complete front-end makeover was performed in 1973 to comply with Federal Standards for front-end impact protection. The final major styling occurred in 1977 and would continue in this form until the vehicle's demise in 1979.

For its final year of production, the Ranchero received rectangular stacked headlights, a criss-cross pattern front grille, new doors and modified quarter panels. Standard features included power seats, power windows, power steering, power brakes, automatic parking brake release, full instrumentation, tilt steering, a clock, intermittent wipers, an AM/FM stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-sport remote control mirrors. Stopping power was provided by disc brakes in the front and rear drums. The 351 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine with two-barrel carburetor delivered 162 horsepower and was backed by a three-speed automatic transmission. The 118-inch wheelbase platform used an independent front suspension with a solid rear axle with trailing arms. Among the list of optional equipment was the Brougham Decor Group, GT option, all-vinyl split-bench seat, tinted glass, raised white letter radial tires, and deluxe bumper group.


by Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2020

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The Ford Ranchero was produced from 1957 through 1979. These were unique vehicles - they were part car and part pickup truck. In total, there were 508,355 examples constructed during its production lifespan. The Ford Ranchero constructed from 1957 through 1959 was built atop a full-size Ford Fairlane platform. They were offered in two trim levels initially. There was a Basic and Custom model.....
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June 2021
115,789
May 2021
153,582
February 2021
155,856
January 2021
135,837
November 2020
141,544
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Ranchero

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
114.00 in.
8 cyl., 353.94 CID., 151.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Ford
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)1,180,708
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)783,225
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)950,301
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)950,301
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)1,162,275
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)1,835,937
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,923,655
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,840,427
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,861,537
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,569,608
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,179,791

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