1972 Ford Ranchero Project
The Ranchero was produced by Ford between 1957 and 1979. Unlike a standard pickup truck, the Ranchero was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. A total of 508,355 units were produced during the model’s production run. In 1972, a radical change occurred in the Torino and Ranchero lines. The sleek, pointy look of the previous years model was replaced with a larger, heavier design. Most prominent was a wide semi-oval grill reminiscent of a jet intake and a new body-on-frame design. Three models were still available; the now-standard 500, the new Squire, with simulated wood grain paneling along the flanks, and the sporty GT. Engine choices remained basically the same beginning with the 250 cubic-inch six-cylinder and a selection of V-8s that ranged from the standard 302 to Cleveland and Windsor series 351s, plus the new-for-1972 400. The 385-series V8 (the 429 for 1972-73; the 460 for 1974-76) was still available. The 351 cu in (5.8 L) Cleveland could still be obtained in tuned 4-V Cobra Jet form through 1974. A four-speed manual transmission was available on Cobra Jet-powered GT models. This very nice example has come to us from the Mike Slemmon estate. Like all of Mikes many personal motorcycles, as well as this Ranchero, the attention to the mechanical details were paramount for Mike, with the cosmetic aspects being secondary on his list of things to do. Included in the sale is a long list of receipts detailing the complete engine build at a cost of almost $7k as well as other receipts detailing the investment.
Auction Item M001
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