Great Grandpa’s Car: 1968 Ford Ranchero

The Ford Ranchero was Ford’s version of the El Camino — and it offered a decent combination of car driving capability with the utility of a pickup. Ford first released their Ranchero for the 1957 model year, beating GM to the punch by two model years (according to scuttlebut from old people, GM stylist Harley Earl had pitched a coupé pickup to management in 1952, but GM’s notoriously dense product planners didn’t act on it until Ford had sold a boat load of their Rancheros. I’m sure GM will start working on an electric luxury sedan any day now. Find this 1968 Ford Ranchero offered for $13,000 in Napa, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1968 ford ranchero 500
condition: good
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 133201
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: pickup

My great grandfather bought this pickup and when he passed I inherited it. Looking to sell it to pay off some student loans. It drives well for a vehicle without power steering. Interior is in excellent condition, and original. The pickup was stored in a car port for decades, but the rear bumper needs re-chroming. The hydraulic brakes were changed to power brakes at some time in the past. My grandfather and I replaced the clutch, pressure plate, and throwout bearings last year. $13000 or best offer.

See a better way to drive something classic?