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Lot Shots Find of the Week: 1957 Ford Ranchero



We got a lot of awesome stuff from Australia, including (but not limited to) the electric drill, pacemaker, Wi-Fi, and Paul Hogan.

But a lot of gearheads might say the coolest thing to come from the land down under was the “Ute.”

Sure, American automakers had built early versions of pickup trucks before, but the notion of seamlessly marrying a passenger car body to a truck bed was born in Australia.

Short for “coupe utility,” Utes blended the on-road comfort of a car with the utility of a truck—and were an instant hit with Australian farmers.

Seeing a potential market in the U.S., Ford brought the Ute concept stateside as the Ranchero in 1957.

In North America, the Ute enjoyed some success and the Ranchero spawned a series of competitors, namely the El Camino and Dodge Rampage.

Sadly, the Ranchero ceased production in 1979 and its Ute-inspired followers mostly disappeared from American roads during the 1980s.

Sporting a set of Cragar wheels and a slick patina’d paint job, today’s Lot Shots Ranchero easily got our attention as it rolled into the Summit Racing retail store lot near Akron, Ohio.

This particular Ranchero is a 1957 edition, easily identifiable (like the Fairlane and Skyliner) by its single headlights. It rode on Ford’s full size passenger car platform before moving to the smaller Falcon-based chassis in 1960.

We think this one’s wearing the hood (with scoop) from a later year Fairlane 300/500, maybe 1958? We’re not entirely sure, so let us know what you see in the comments below.

Though the Ute is now a rare sight in America, it continues to be a popular ride in Australia—so much so that the design itself has become synonymous with the country that inspired it.

And, if the Mad Max series is any indication, the “coupe-utility” will survive well into our dystopian future.






Any guesses on where the hood came from? We’re thinking it’s a 1958 Fairlane 300/500. (Image/OnAllCylinders)





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  1. Mike Predina says:

    You caught my eye with the 57 FordRanchero…Sure looks good and you don’t see many any more…Looking forward to receiving the “On All Cylinders” newsletter.

  2. Ty Gross{A.K.A.}MOTORHEAD~TY says:

    Is it all “Original” Y-Block and all?
    Hope so!!!! It’s nice anyway.
    “Built Ford Tough”

  3. rick wallace says:

    Your right on the hood being a 1958 but all 58 fords(except trucks) had the same hood . As for the Y block still being in it, I hope not. An FE is a bolt in if done with trans. Look at how long the Y block lasted , then the small bock Chevy. Y blocks finally were gone in 61, 8 years tops. Chevy lasted about 40 years, Right? BUT on the other hand , I can blow up a chevy in a day , but lay a brick on the gas pedal of my 292 and listen to it scream for 15 minutes until your ears hurt and it will still take you the grocery store, true story. And finally an employee drove my 54 wagon over 15 miles without a drop of water in it , in Phoenix az in july. She lived till she got broadsided, 3 years later. I should have kept the motor out of it.

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