Westrand Car Show - 1958 Ford Ranchero

Ford – Ranchero

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The Ford Ranchero was an American Pickup based on the conventional motor car/station wagon  chassis so that the passenger cab and the load bed formed one single unit, as opposed to the conventional “bakkie”, where the load bed and the passenger cab were two separate components.

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This created an opportunity to develop a work/pleasure vehicle and I suppose, looking at adverts of the time, were aimed at small scale farmers and smaller businesses that had to lug some equipment or goods around that were not overly heavy.
The vehicles could be used in business mode as a workhorse and in spare time as a pleasure car – virtually a 2-seater hardtop.

The Featured image is the original body style which was followed by the Falcon Ranchero and then the Fairlane Ranchero.

Rancheros were mounted on conventional chassis/suspension/tyres so they had lower ground clearance and sleeker lines than a conventional pickup. Essentially the Ranchero went through three “Phases” and seven body shells.
From 1957 to 1959 they were full sized vehicles.
From 1960 to 1065 they were compact sized (based on the Falcon range)
Then from 1966 to 1979 they were classified “mid sized”.


Over 500, 000 Rancheros were produced in the US.
Australia also produced Rancheros, based on their Ford Falcon. These were also shipped in CKD kits to South Africa. Argentina also produced their own Ranchero also based on the Falcon.
Chevrolet launched their own version of the Coupe utility – The El Camino – in 1959

We are looking forward to seeing a range of Rancheros, El Caminos and pre 2000 bakkies at the show on 31 August 2019

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

Image Attribution
1958 Ford Ranchero – Detectandpreserve [CC BY-SA 3.0
1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero – Nickmix01 [CC BY-SA 3.0
1967 Ford Fairlane Ranchero – User Bill Wrigley on en.wikipedia [Public domain]
1968 Ford Ranchero – dave 7 from Lethbridge, Canada [CC BY-SA 2.0
1970 Ranchero Squire – Brian Toad Photography [CC BY-SA 2.0
1972 Ford Ranchero GT – sv1ambo [CC BY 2.0  
1973 Ford Ranchero 500 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/ [Public domain]
1977-1979 Ford Ranchero – Crwpitman [CC BY-SA 4.0