Back in the day, muscle car buyers who couldn’t decide between a truck or car had a hybrid option they could choose called the Ford Ranchero. In the front, it’s a car, while in the rear it has a truck bed. This particular version is a 1971 Ford Ranchero GT, and it looks like it’s brand-new with lots of options. The car is for sale via Streetside Classics.
Power comes from a 351 cubic-inch Cleveland V-8 paired with a Ford C6 automatic transmission. The 1971 Ford Ranchero GT features a ram air hood and air conditioning. The red paint is the factory-correct color, but it’s not the original paint. The car was taken down to bare metal and re-sprayed.
During the restoration, a factory-correct black vinyl roof was installed, and this car has hidden headlights on the front end, giving it a very aggressive look. The seller says that very close attention to detail was paid during the restoration down to installing the proper reflective side stripe. The car was originally sold in California and was purchased from a dealership on the infamous Route 66.
Inside, the 1971 Ford Ranchero GT has a perfect black vinyl interior with a center console and dual spoke steering wheel. Power steering makes the vehicle easy to drive, and it has a ribbon-style tachometer. The air conditioning came with the Ranchero from the factory and has been upgraded to use modern R134a refrigerant. The 351 cubic-inch V-8 under the hood is believed to be the factory original engine. While the wheels look factory, they’re newer alloy units. Included with the sale are photos of the restoration, build receipts, maintenance records, and a Marti Report. The seller is asking $58,995, showing that this pristine Ranchero is worth big money. Check out this 1959 Ranchero that came with a matching scooter.
Source: Streetside Classics