We’ve seen a number of nicely-kept, low-mile, last-gen Ford Ranger pickups surface for sale in recent months, which is a sign of the times, truthfully. Even newer pickups are becoming hot collectibles as enthusiasts long for the days of simple yet utilitarian modes of transportation, and as such, this 14k-mile 1999 Ranger, 41k-mile 2001 Ranger Flareside, and 2k-mile 2003 Ranger Edge have all attracted considerable interest at auction lately. This 2001 Ford Ranger that’s up for grabs at Bring a Trailer certainly fits the bill, but in this case, it isn’t entirely stock, either.
Those that want a clean, simple, and well-kept compact pickup won’t go wrong, however, as this 2001 Ford Ranger has just 44k original miles on the clock and is a stellar example of a basic, regular-cab, two-wheel-drive model. It has also resided in California since it was new, though its original Medium Blue paint was resprayed at some point in the recent past.
In terms of mods, there aren’t many – just a 2.5-inch suspension lift with Bilstein shocks, which makes room for a set of 15-inch steel wheels wrapped with 31×10.5-inch Falken WildPeak AT tires. Those additions give the compact pickup a beefier look and some additional ground clearance, though it’s unlikely that it’s ever traveled very far off the beaten path.
Otherwise, this 2001 Ranger is pretty much what one might expect from a basic truck – it has a gray vinyl bench seat inside the cabin, along with black rubber floors and a couple of amenities including air conditioning and an aftermarket stereo. Under the hood, it’s equipped with the naturally-aspirated Ford 4.0L V6 that was originally rated to produce 150 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
In sublime condition with few frills, this 2001 Ford Ranger will certainly find its fair share of eager buyers out there – particularly since having less is oftentimes considered more in today’s world of collector pickups.
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A lifted 2wd. No thanks.
Gimme a clean 91-92 XLT 4.0 ex cab 4×4 with manual transmission and transfer case.
Gimmie a unicorn