Ford Ranchero GT

When Ford re-styled their mid-sized car for the 1970 model year, they also re-styled their Ranchero. This was their coupe/pickup, basically a Torino car with the utility bed of a pickup for hauling. A front-heavy pickup with a lightweight rear end wasn’t really meant for tire-smoking big blocks.

However, Ford offered a Torino GT in the car and a Ranchero GT in the coupe/pickup with the full range of engines. The “GT” was short for “Grand Turismo” or “Grand Touring,” which indicated heavier duty springs and shocks and a larger diameter front stabilizer bar. Of the 21,640 Rancheros built in 1970, 3,905 were GTs. This figure narrows to 153 with the 429 Cobra Jet – 75 with automatic and 78 with four-speed manual transmission, as seen on Milton’s 1970 example. Out of those 78, even less came with the shaker hood scoop for ram air, which is an extremely desirable option among muscle car collectors. The ram air is documented factory original by the “J” code as the fifth digit of the VIN. Non-ram air Cobra Jets had a “C” code in the fifth digit of the VIN.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.

370 hp, 429 cu. in. V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension and heavy-duty leaf spring rear suspension, front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 117"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

Ford Ranchero GT