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Lot Number
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1959 Ford Custom Ranchero Pickup
2017 Monical Collection Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: H9RF196696
• Highly equipped with power features and factory air-conditioning
• Professional, frame-off restoration to show quality
• 2003 AACA Senior National Award Winner; correct livery
• Versatile and stylish dual-purpose car/truck hybrid
• 300 HP, 352 V-8 engine/automatic transmission

352 cid V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 300 HP at 4,600 rpm, Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 118”


Named "Ranchero," recalling the owners of large tracts of land in 19th Century California, Ford Motor Company’s versatile car/truck hybrid model debuted in North America for 1957. While a new vehicle style here, the Ranchero’s origins date back to the early 1930s when Ford of Australia began development of the Utility or “Ute”. At the time, Australian banks were reportedly more inclined to grant loans to ranchers for the purchase of farm trucks rather than passenger cars. According to legend, a rancher’s wife, who had had quite enough of riding in the farm truck, petitioned Ford of Australia to build a vehicle that could haul feed and small livestock, yet carry the family in car-like comfort to church on Sunday. Her letter moved along through several departments, finally reaching the Design Department, staffed by one person – a young Lewis Bandt.

Bandt quickly sketched a vehicle based on Ford’s contemporary passenger car design combining a roadster-style passenger compartment with a rear cargo bed, with additional internal bracing for strength. The resulting Utility, or “Ute”, was immediately successful and, while the roadster was dropped after 1938, the coupe variant continued until 1958 when it was replaced by the American-designed Ranchero. Interestingly, Ford had a difficult time trying to figure out how to market the new Ranchero to America when it was released for sale here for 1957. Since Ford’s product planners and marketers were not yet certain who their target buyer was, early Ranchero ads were quite simplistic. A 1957 Ranchero advertisement describes the vehicle as “More than a car! More than a truck!” Consistent with the traditional roots of the new Ford’s name, the picture of said advertisement displayed a Ranchero along with cowboys on horseback admiring the vehicle.

From 1957 through 1959, the Ranchero shared the same platform as the full-size Fairlane and featured all the same powertrain options which included the Thunderbird Special 352 cubic-inch V-8 engine as well as luxurious interior trim options. The Ranchero was offered in two trim levels including the entry-level Standard and the upscale Custom, which was nicely dressed up with body side moldings and more elaborate interiors. Confirming its versatility and appeal, the Ranchero inspired the El Camino, Chevrolet’s Ranchero competitor, which arrived for 1959.

Built at Ford’s San Jose, California plant on August 7, 1959, this visually striking, top-of-the-line 1959 Ford Custom Ranchero continues to benefit from a frame-off restoration performed by a highly regarded specialist during the mid-1990s. The professionally applied two-tone finish of Torch Red and Colonial White (factory code ER) matches the original build sheet. The interior is trimmed in the correct Factory Code 46 Red and White Vinyl Weave upholstery with Gold Thread, and remains virtually as-new. Power is supplied by the original factory-fitted 300-horsepower, 352 cubic-inch V-8 engine – a unit shared with the ’59 Thunderbird that year – mated to a three-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission. Riding on whitewall tires, this well-optioned Custom Ranchero is equipped with power-assisted brakes and steering, power windows and a power-adjustable seat, air-conditioning, and dual factory spotlights with integral rear-view mirrors. On the show field, it earned AACA Senior National First Prize status in 2003. During 2011, it joined the Monical Collection and continues to present handsomely throughout. Clearly one of the best vehicles of its kind anywhere, this 1959 Ford Custom Ranchero is a great example of Ford Motor Company’s leadership in the 1950s and marks the last model year for the original, full-size Rancheros built for 1957-1959.

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