Saturday, September 12, 2015
Oakland Street Sighting - 1976 Ford Ranchero 500
This Ranchero is a base 500 model and I have no clue what powers it. The single tailpipe gives up no secrets but I'd guess the 302 cubic inch V8 or even the base 250 straight six sits under the hood. It still has a dealer sticker on the tailgate from Brown-Clarkson Inc. of Redwood City (formerly located at 365 Convention Way if my research is correct), making it a longtime Bay Area vehicle. Dark Brown metallic body is heavily worn with evidence of accident repairs to the front end and passenger door, yet the two-tone butterscotch and brown vinyl seats look perfect. It's yet another reminder of how vinyl upholstery resists the ravages of time and weather better than most.
I like this ute. The patina makes it interesting, the camper top makes it practical and the doggy in the driver seat is just adorable.
Photographed May 2015