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'62 Ford Ranchero, Grand Island, N.Y.

This 1962 Ford Ranchero sits in a Grand Island driveway wearing Nevada tags. Been there for some time now. The plates could explain the very faded red paint job — it gets pretty hot out there in the desert. Rancheros started their life in 1957 on Ford’s full-sized chassis, switching to the compact Falcon in 1960. In 1967 Ford switched to the sheetmetal of the intermediate Fairlane series, where it remained (subsequently using Torino and LTD II front ends) until the final model year of 1979.

—Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • So which came first, the Ford Ranchero, or the Chevy El Camino–? Always wondered that. And didn’t the El Camino at one point come in a muscle car version — was there ever something similar for the Ranchero–?

    ¡¡¡Gracias!!!

    • Jim Corbran

      Ranchero – 1957, El Camino – 1959
      The Ranchero was offered in a GT version with the expected huge engines in the late ’60s thru the 70s.