The Original: 1979 Ford F-150 Ranger Sport – SOLD?

Jul 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

August 16, 2020 – The Craigslist ad used for this post expired, so with no replacement found, we’re calling this one “Sold!”

In 1977, the Ford F-150 became the best-selling light pickup truck in the United States, a position it has maintained ever since.  A somewhat rare example of this extensive lineup is this factory Four-Speed equipped Ranger Sport Model just listed over the weekend on Craiglist in Kingston, New York where the current caretaker is asking $14,500.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his special F-150 priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $19,500 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $10,600. 

Ford produced the sixth generation of its F-Series truck line from the 1973 through 1979 model years.  This generation was the third and final run of trucks derived from the “Twin I Beam” chassis dating back to 1965.  This generation marks the introduction of the F-150 and the SuperCab extended-cab body. Introduced in 1975, the F-150 would ultimately replace the F-100, becoming the most popular version of the F-Series.

For 1978, the appearance of the F-Series changed the most since 1972, when the split grille was overhauled in favor of a single-piece grille insert design. Much larger than before, the grille no longer incorporated the headlights, turn signals or the “F O R D” letters. The headlights were located in housings beside the grille, and the park/turn signal lamps were located below them. Additionally, a new chrome-plated letter set reading “F O R D” could now be seen on the hood immediately above the grille. In 1977 (1978 models), the round headlight design was retained for the Custom trim level. A luxury “Lariat” trim was also introduced for 1978; Ranger, Ranger XLT, and Ranger Lariat trim levels incorporated rectangular headlights with optional chrome headlight bezels and the chrome grille insert. Dual Fuel tanks in the bed became standard. For 1979, round headlights were replaced by rectangular ones on all trim levels, and the surrounding grille insert that framed the headlights was now available in either black or chrome to match that of the aluminum grille frame.

In addition to this example featuring a unique combination of sporty factory options rarely found on these trucks, we like the rust-free body featuring one repaint.  A few days spent polishing the factory aluminum wheels combined with a thorough engine detailing will have this truck ready in time for the local car show circuit.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Price reduced. Unique and rare 1979 Truck. Known as a Ranger Sport Model. Different stainless side moldings (narrow), small sport rear bumper, tilt steering wheel (Unusual for a standard shift), factory mag wheels (Ten hole) Ford front push bar with factory fogs, and factory bucket seats. Seats have been recovered so in great shape. Also has the optional Ford optional Steering wheel. In this model, Full size Ranger, bucket seat were an option. Repainted. runs excellent. Only has 119,000 miles. 351M motor and standard transmission. Engine bay needs of detailing. Frame in excellent condition. Wired for puling a trailer and set up for electric brakes. Registered and inspected for 2020. No air. Haven’t used much and never in winter. New floor rug and dash cover. Call my cell if interested. Make Offer! 

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