1969 Ford Ranchero GT is a distinct classic that mixes a ton
of originality with the right upgrades, like the A/C interior. The
result is a true V8 classic that loves to cruise.
The reason why we like a classic like this Ranchero is that it sits
at the intersection of style and distinction. Its based on one of
the cleanest-looking Fairlanes of all time with a front end that
features quad headlights in a recessed grille, and both the bumper
and turning lights are thoughtfully integrated for a premium
overall design. And the appeal here goes well beyond just the
styling. A 1969 Ranchero is often a rare sight considering Chevy
sold more than 2.5 times the number Ford did, and when you look at
the GT trim that rarity can go up tenfold! See where this is going?
You have an attractive and familiar look, and yet it sticks out in
nearly any crowd. Thats why an example like this gets added care
and attention. The factory-correct Meadowbrook Yellow looks to be
largely original, but they also made sure to invest correctly over
the years to keep it looking good. Thats why the correct-style
black roof section looks newer and sleeker. It gives the right kind
of GT attitude to go with the side C-channel stripe, redline
grille, and hood scoop. Overall, it wears its history with pride.
Thats why you have everything from the stock wire wheel hubcaps to
a beautiful-looking bed under the protective mat.
Just like the exterior, the interior likes to keep everything quite
vintage. The door panels, carpeting, headliner, and dash are all
suspected to be factory pieces. They are attractively aged, and so
they remain in place. But the seat is one of those items that has a
harder time surviving and feeling good, so it was replaced later in
life with a correct style - right down to the trim on the
seatbacks. But this classic also wants to remain a true cruiser,
and so there are some well-integrated upgrades. The radio is a
retro-style AM/FM digital tuner, and the classic under-dash air
conditioning unit blows cold with modern R134a refrigerant. We love
the look of the sporty round gauges on this years
Fairlane/Ranchero, and now they are joined by a useful auxiliary
gauge trio mounted under the dash.
The engine bay has a stock style where you want it while also
delivering the right cruiser upgrades. This is a factory 351
cubic-inch V8 car, and the motor looks terrifically vintage, right
down to the Ford blue on the block, valve covers, and air grabber.
But while this V8 looks stock, were told it was given a later
rebuild, and the way it runs strong reaffirms this feeling. And
everything from the Champion aluminum radiator to the newer exhaust
really gives this the right supporting components for a quality
classic. When you hit the road, details like the newer front-end
components and modern touring tires make a big difference in the
way the one feels comfortable Plus, its a true easy cruiser with a
three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes,
and upgraded Wilwood front discs.