This 1957 opens the Ford Ranchero 1st Generation of Ford’s light pickup series. Ford originated the blending of the car and the pickup truck. Chevy followed suit in 1959 with their El Camino. This digital automotive art from Chas Sinklier aka VivaChas is an illustration from this Part One of the generations of Ford’s Ranchero. The series of the Generations of Ranchero is hosted by HotRodneyHotRods.com! There are a number of products available featuring this 1957 Ford Ranchero. You should have this pickup UTE up on your walls! It’s an historical Classic! Click Here to Shop for VivaChas Stuff Featuring this Ride! Then Read On! ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art!
Ford Ranchero 1st Generation!
So – Now The Madness Descends! The Ford Ranchero 1st Generation began with the vigor of creation! Because – the Rancheros of the first gen were all styled differently. And thus in just three years! – – – First of All “Ford Ranchero is a coupe utility that Ford built between 1957 and 1979. Unlike a pickup truck, the Ranchero birthed from a two-door station wagon platform. Ford integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. A total of 508,355 units drove off the line during the model’s production run. It used full-sized, compact, and intermediate automobiles sold by Ford.” General Source: Ranchero Wiki
In the Beginning Ford!
Almost since the beginning – “the first Ford Model T and Model A pickup trucks came from sedans. Ford put a truck box behind the body of a car truncated behind the driver’s seat and utility ruled. In 1934, Ford Australia‘s designer Lew Bandt modified a coupe with a smoothly integrated load-bed! As a result drivers had a car to drive to church or to deliver pigs to market. Therefore the coupe utility became the popular body style known as the “UTE” in Australia!” – Haa! Historical Source: Ranchero UTE Wiki
Let’s See that First Ranchero!
Gotta see this video of a Ford Model T UTE! It’s the unofficial first Ranchero! Great Idea! – Watch it Now! ~;0) Video Source: GatewayClassicCars
1958 Ford Ranchero 1st Generation
Another Ford Ranchero 1st Generation the 1958 built for the second year of the run. You can see the T-Bird influence in this front-end! Full sized pickups couldn’t sport this look. – But! – Ranchero has always been part of a blended-family of rides! – – – Rather “This 1958 version remained largely unchanged under the skin! Although it sported new front sheet metal for 1958! In addition this Bewdy shared the big ’58 Ford appeal. And inspired by the Thunderbird it had a new four-headlamp arrangement fresh to the auto-world!” – – – So – Have a Look at the VivaChas interpretation of the Fab Ford 1958 Ranchin’ Ranchero! You Can Click Here to Shop for 1958 Ranchero Stuff from Chas! Because Someone You Know Deserves a Nice Gift like this! Source: 58 Ranchero Wiki
Let’s Hava Look at a Model A Ranchero Precursor!
Yeah mentioned above that Ford’s first Pre-Ranchero concepts began with the Model T and Model A. Hence this video that further supports that contention! – Have a Go! ~;0) Video Source: syyenergy7
A Ride Made for The Southwest!
While Ford Ranchero 1st Generation light pickups were sold across North America they journeyed around the globe! These UTEs came in two big flavours back in the day! First of all the “basic standard model sold to traditional pickup truck buyers such as farmers and ranchers. Then the Custom picked up most of the options and accessories available on the Fairlane line. Such features as stainless steel body side moldings and two-tone paint. Upscale models were badged both as a Fairlane and Ranchero! Also there’s a stylized representation of a Longhorn as the symbol for the model on the tailgate. Indeed, print advertising of the time played on the theme of the American Southwest” as below. More Source: More Rancho Wiki
Bit-O-Old Car Advertising!
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1959 Ford Ranchero 1st Generation Changes!
Now 1959 gets its shot at the Ford Ranchero 1st Generation trail! Ranchero evokes scenes of “ranching and outdoor activities. It’s ‘More Than A Car! More Than A Truck!’ The Ranchero hit it outta the park with both the automotive press and the buying public. It slammed the untapped market niche for vehicles with the utility of a light pickup and the ease of operation and riding characteristics of a car. In fact, the Ranchero had a marginally higher cargo capacity by about 50 lb (23 kg) than the half-ton F-Series pickup.
The 1959 model had the same 118 in (3,000 mm) wheelbase as all 1959 Fords. As a result, the ’59 sported a longer 7 ft (210 cm) bed. However, this would be the last time the vehicle would grow either in size or trim for several years to come. The windshield was also 25% larger. Seat-covers were vinyl or “woven plastic”. And the spare tire was located behind the passenger seat. The Custom Ranchero was the only model marketed in 1959. And it came in 26 colors (11 solid shades, 11 two-tone combinations with white on top, and four other two-tone choices).” WoooHoot!! ~;0) Stat Source: Ranchero Wiki – You Can Click Here for Stuff with the Print Below on it!
Just One More Thing!
So this is the Ford Ranchero 1st Generation post from VivaChas put to bed. It took a bit longer to get out because there were three illustrations – works of Automotive Art in this issue. – – – Well and the remodeling going on here at the Clubhouse had much to do with the delay of all things! – But! – Who Cares! – Haaaz! Next Time at VivaChas it’s Chevy El Camino 1st Generation! Rather than slog straight through all the Ranchero Generations and then do the same with El Camino – we’re alternating between the two. Makes it more fun that way! – So come back for El Camino and be sure to check the archives for Generations of Camaro, Mustang, Corvette and more! – Subscribe to our once a week newsletter and you’ll never miss an issue. Sign-up below or up top in the side-bar right! ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!
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Ranchero Eye Candy Just For You!
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