Sunday, November 14, 2010

Beat on the Street - 1964 Ford Ranchero

How did the market segment containing the Ranchero and El Camino die in the United States? A vehicle that get good gas mileage, has hauling and limited towing ability, and vehicle dynamic qualities that don't threaten to kill you at every bend, how did that fail? A car-based compact pickup is about the only car I'd consider going in to debt for these days. That or something rear wheel drive, four door, and less than 2,000 pounds. I digress.

Spotted in Ann Arbor is this shockingly un-crunchy and original '64 Ranchero. Every time is see one of the Falcon based Rancheros, I immediately consult craigslist upon arriving home and have to talk myself out of selling the only reasonable vehicle I have at the time to get one of these trashtastic mini-trars. Then I start covering up the back half of station wagons and sedans to see what they would look and sound like with -amino on the end of the name.

In peaceful demonstration to the Big Three, I suggest that we all take a Sawzall to the backside of that B-pillar on our daily driver and take a walk halfway around the car. That'll show 'em.