The 1968 Ford Ranchero 500 is a distinct classic with a known history. In fact, you're likely to be hit at the survivor shows with such an original pickup/coupe. And the value price for this V8 cruiser is just the cherry on top.
Ford's intermediate-sized vehicles had a radical departure in 1968. The vertical quad headlights of the previous year's Fairlanes and Rancheros were now turned horizontal and integrated into a new full-width chrome grille. Clean body lines and an almost European-like simple elegance arguably made these one of Ford's most attractive designs of the 1960s. And this is why the right ones got cherished. We're told the consignor has known this car/truck for quite a while. It belonged to his best friend's grandfather. He passed it to his son, and then to his daughter (the consignor's friend.) And then was finally sold outside of the family. With that kind of lineage, there has been great care over the last 55 years. The Sunlit Gold Metallic paint is not only factory-correct, but it also shows all the right signs of being the factory application. It has been driven over the last half-century, but you'll be impressed by the way it knows how to continue to radiate with pride in the sunshine. And this also helps to showcase the straightness of the sheet metals and the completeness of the trim. The bed has done some work over the years and the bumpers have a few scratches, but that feels more like being a catalyst for telling this Ranchero's unique tale.
The interior continues the stock and respected style. Just like the Fairlane 500, the Ranchero 500 is a more premium trim level. So this one gives you some upscale style inside with a touch of wood-like trim in the door panels and some trim on the upholstery. You'll find faults if you're looking for perfection, but even the concours cars miss details like working AM radio or the under-dash lights that greet you when you open the door to this time capsule. And the 1968 update was particularly nice for the driver thanks to the sporty round gauge package that delivers another touch of European style.
Under the hood is the classic 302 cubic-inch V8. In fact, since this is correct for this F-code Ford, and it has such a known history, this is even believed to be the original powerhouse. It fires up with the feeling of a well-respected classic, and it feels like a solid driver on the streets. Since this loves to be a true classic, it also wants you to feel the road a bit more. But Ranchero also still knows how to be a proper cruiser with a three-speed automatic transmission, modern touring tires, and power steering.
The sale comes complete with good paperwork like the factory buildsheet, owner's manual, and the original warranty card. This is a distinctive Ford that has been kept a true survivor classic. So it's irresistible at this affordable price. Call today!!!