One of the little known facts about the world of factory car based pickup trucks, aka El Caminos, is that the Chevrolet El Camino was not the first of its kind -- because Ford had been building Rancheros for two years before the El Camino hit the show rooms. Today you can pickup examples of the 70s Torino based Ranchero for not a whole bunch of cash. Find this 1972 Ford Ranchero GT here on eBay bidding for $8,800 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Vacaville, CA.
If you want a 6th generation Ranchero (1972-1976) but don't want the Federally mandated giant bumper styling, then the 1972 model is your only choice. Like all Fords, in 1973 the front end of the Ranchero traded its classic chrome look for a big beefy setup that was probably well suited to pushing around other cars and parallel parking.
Under the hood is a 351 cubic inch ClevelandV8 that is equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor and rated at 248 (SAE net) horsepower and 299 ft-lbs of torque. Don't be fooled by the change from SAE gross to SAE net rating, the 351C-4V was still the pavement pounding brute from a few years prior and will smoke the tires on the lightweight rear end all day long.
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