Candy Cane: 1970 Ford F100 Ranger XLT – SOLD!

by | May 2021 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

May 28, 2021 Update – Judging by the fact the Ford Ranger XLT ad has been replaced by a Harley listing (apparently to save an extra five dollars), we’re calling this truck “Sold!”

As the 1970s rolled in, truck buyers were increasingly demanding more car-like features in the pickups. To address this, Ford’s top-of-the-line 1/2 ton pickup trim in 1970 was the Ranger XLT.  While most buyers opted for small block power, we like how this 1970 two-tone example originally listed in May 2021 on Cralisglist in Louisburg, North Carolina features a much more substantial 390 cubic inch mill. Once offered at $19,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable truck sold as a way to help you make an educated decision on the asking price:

After a four-year model hiatus and seeing Ford’s success with a Falcon-based Ranchero, in 1964 Chevrolet reintroduced an all-new, mid-size El Camino based on the new Chevelle. The 1964 El Camino relied on the Chevelle’s two-door wagon architecture forward of the B-pillars and carried both “Chevelle” and “El Camino” badges. Unlike the Chevelle however, Chevrolet initially marketed its new El Camino as a utility model so at the time the biggest engine available was the 327 cubic inch small block V8.  El Caminos also featured fully boxed frame rails and came standard with rear air shocks.

Better known for his Porsche and helicopter videos these days, Nick Murray was still  trying to figure out what to do with his YouTube Channel when reviewed this F100 pickup six years ago:

With a great color combination and a potent 390 cubic V8 lurking under the hood, there’s a lot to like about this Ranger XLT. The only thing we would change right away is switching out the cab-mounted gas tank with a safer frame-mounted conversion kit. Following that we would look at the aftermarket radio mounting; there has to be a better alternative than what is currently in place. 

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1970 FORD-100 RANGER XLT
Cruiser, Very Smooth Driving,
390 c.i. Motor w/ 429 heads, Edelbrock Intake,
3 speed Automatic,
Low mileage,
Tilt wheel,
Toolbox,
Spray Liner Bed
Ready to drive, anywhere.”

Show or go: what would you do with this F100?  Comment below and let us know!

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