Subtle Street Machine: 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero – Sold?
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June 6, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Ford took a big chance when it redesigned the Fairlane-based, first-generation Ranchero into a Falcon-based concept for the 1960 model year. With a recession in full swing and consumers gravitating to compact cars, Ford had a hit on its hands when this 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero originally listed in April 2022 on Craigslist near Toronto, Canada hit the streets. The seller and we assume builder of this all-black Ranchero converted it into a potent yet subtle street machine now featuring a small block Ford 302 cubic inch V8 mated to a floor-shifted Top Loader four-speed manual. He also upgraded the interior with a later model Sprint bucket seat and center console package.
Currently offered for $34,950, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Ranchero priced between this guide’s #1 “Concours” estimate of $22,700. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $19,500. The premium here is the upgraded drive train combined with the much sportier interior than when this truck left the factory.
After producing its original full-sized based Ranchero from 1957 to 1959, in 1960 the Ranchero became much smaller, based on Ford’s new compact Falcon. The increasing popularity of compact, practical cars combined with the economic recession of the late 1950s convinced Ford the market wanted a more one much smaller, lighter, and cheaper version of its full-size F-series pickup. Marketed as the “Falcon Ranchero”, the new vehicle’s standard power plant was an economical 144 cu in (2.4 L) inline-six.
The seller provides this video of the Ranchero on their YouTube Channel:
We really like this Sprint-themed Ranchero. In what appears to be a turn-key build, the only thing we would add at this point is a Vintage Air A/C system.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“ONE-OF-A-KIND BUILD … 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero … V8/302 Ford Windsor … 4 Spd/Floor/Top Loader … Everything on the car works … AM Radio … Dual Oil Filters … Mild Cam Performance … 600 cfm Edelbrock … Almost everything on this car has been replaced … New Front End … Great Tires … New Shock front/back … All new Brakes (including master) … Cruising speed is 70+ mph hwy … Jet Black High Gloss Exterior Paint (2 stage) … Sprint Package/Trim … Sprint Bucket Seats … Console and Dash Trim … New Black Headliner … New Door Seals … the list goes on … this car is solid and beautiful and very dependable. Buy it today … enjoy driving this turn-key, car at any car show. Cash Payment in US Dollars … Buyer Responsible for Shipping.”
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