Red Ranger: 1998 Ford Ranger Flareside V6 5-Speed – Sold!

Jan 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Ford Produced its compact Ranger pickup for a staggering 29 years and despite going out of production in 2012, examples such as this 1998 single cab flare side listed on Craigslist in Kearney, New Jersey remain in high demand.  A quick check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the asking price of $2,500 of this example is within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,863, $3,465, and $5,565, respectively.  

A nice simple small truck that gets decent gas mileage and even fits in a one-car garage.  We’re dumbfounded as to why manufacturers walked away from this segment in favor of the new mid-sized versions that are really the full-sized trucks in size prior to the early 1990s.  In particular, we just never understood why Ford walked away from selling Rangers in the U.S. in 2012 after a successful 29-year production run.  The launch of the new, Michigan-built version in 2019 makes the case the company did not want to import a replacement that we are subject to the draconian “Chicken Tax” in place since the mid-sixties.

For the 1983 model year, Ford introduced the Ranger for the United States and Canada. Replacing the Courier (a rebadged Mazda B1800), the Ranger was the first compact pickup truck designed by Ford. Using the same chassis architecture, three generations of the Ranger were produced across its 29-year production run. The model line underwent major redesigns for 1993 and 1998, a mid-cycle update in 1989, with smaller updates for 2001, 2004, and 2006. Just a nice basic little truck that, with four-cylinder power, provided a decent fuel economy.

We like this Ranger as it has a simple, single cab combined with the optional flare side bed and a manual transmission.  This combination makes its a great basis for a V8 build.  Good luck with the purchase!

The seller’s description simply states, “Manual trans, 170k” so you’ll need to contact him directly to get more details.

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