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The brochure called it “The pickup car with plenty of pull.” (The accompanying photo showed a Ranchero attached to a boat & trailer.) Sounds like something I might have written. The Ford Ranchero started life in 1957, when Ford took a two-door station wagon, lopped off the roof, added a truck-like bed to the vast open space in the back and, voila — a car/truck, or as they call ‘em down in Australia, a ute. When the compact Falcon was introduced in 1960, the Ranchero moved over to that platform; then to the mid-sized Fairlane in 1967, where it remained (eventually with Torino bodywork, followed by LTD II) until its demise after the 1979 model year. Its demise in North America that is. Production continued of Ford Rancheros in South America for a number of years, and still today you can buy a Ranchero-like Ford Falcon Ute Mark II in Australia. Today’s 1972 Ford Ranchero GT was found outside of a repair shop in the Town of Niagara.

2013 Ford Falcon Ute Mark II, Australia

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…