BF Auction: 1976 Ford Ranchero

Bid to: $3,000View Result

Buyers seeking the correct type of vehicle for a project build face an enormous range of choices and options. For some, a Sedan or Station Wagon is perfect, while others favor traditional Pickups like Ford’s F-Series. If only there were a vehicle in the middle, offering the comfort of a family car with the ability to carry larger or bulky loads. There is, and it is this 1976 Ford Ranchero. It is part of an extensive collection the owner is downsizing and is a stalled restoration where the winning bidder could pick up the pieces to create a genuinely eye-catching classic. If you aren’t already wavering, the owner’s decision to list it with us at Barn Finds Auctions.

The original owner ordered this Ranchero in Code 47 Light Green, which was a reasonably popular shade on the 1976 Ford color palette. However, it was mainly seen on vehicles like the Mustang II and Pinto. I admit I haven’t seen many Rancheros carrying this shade, but I’m unsure whether that makes it particularly rare. Someone commenced a restoration on this classic, but it hasn’t proceeded beyond some fundamental dismantling and metal preparation. The best news is there doesn’t appear to be much rust, and anything visible could be addressed with simple patches. The lower extremities are clean, with no evidence of problems in the doors, fenders, rockers, or rear quarter panels. The lack of significant rust and corrosion beyond that noted confirms this beauty has no structural issues or other nasty surprises awaiting the buyer. Its original owner ordered the vehicle with tinted glass, which is in good order.

Lifting the Ranchero’s hood reveals Ford’s 351-2V V8 that should send 154hp and 286 ft/lbs of torque to the road via a three-speed automatic transmission. Those seeking an effortless driving experience will welcome the inclusion of power assistance for the steering and brakes. One of the attractions many feel with these vehicles is that they generally weigh considerably less than the Sedan or Station Wagon from which they are derived. It means this Ranchero would comfortably produce a sub-18-second ¼-mile ET, while a similarly-equipped Gran Torino (for example) would struggle to break the 19-second barrier. Of course, Ford offered more potent engines under the hood of the ’76 Ranchero, and the winning bidder could choose an upgrade to improve performance. Potential buyers won’t need to spend a dime on this classic’s drivetrain. The owner has refreshed the brakes and suspension. That sweet 351 shows good compression of 125-132psi across all cylinders. It is mechanically roadworthy, and the seller says he would not hesitate to drive it anywhere.

I have an enormous soft spot for classics like this 1976 Ford Ranchero, courtesy of their versatility and comfort. I have used a similar vehicle as a daily driver for eleven years and have found it perfectly fills the load-carrying void between a traditional Station Wagon and Pickups like Ford’s F-Series. The winning bidder could perform a faithful restoration, although customizing this classic to suit their taste is worth considering. Sit back and imagine what you would do if you found this Ranchero in your workshop. The best way to transform that dream into a reality would be to join the bidding party in this No Reserve auction. You never know, but you could land a decent bargain if you do.

  • Location: East Point, Georgia
  • Mileage: 73,000 Shown, TMU
  • Engine: 351ci V8
  • Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic
  • Title Status: Clean

Bid On This Auction

High Bid: $3,000 (Reserve Not Met)
Ended: May 22, 2023 10:46am MDT
High Bidder: Cassanova
  • Cassanova
    bid $3,000.00  2023-05-22 10:43:48
  • Michael D bid $2,895.00  2023-05-22 10:40:52
  • Cassanova bid $2,750.00  2023-05-22 10:39:45
  • Michael D
    bid $2,500.00  2023-05-22 10:37:15
  • PTRVA bid $2,400.00  2023-05-22 10:35:50
  • Michael D bid $2,200.00  2023-05-22 10:35:49
  • Cassanova
    bid $2,000.00  2023-05-22 10:33:45
  • PTRVA bid $1,850.00  2023-05-22 10:31:32
  • Cassanova bid $1,750.00  2023-05-22 10:29:43
    bid $1,600.00  2023-05-22 10:29:14
  • Cassanova bid $1,500.00  2023-05-22 08:44:05
  • Michael D bid $1,375.00  2023-05-22 01:20:33
    bid $1,100.00  2023-05-21 09:13:03
  • Little Butter bid $1,000.00  2023-05-21 06:06:30
  • gt bid $850.00  2023-05-16 15:42:43
  • Little Butter
    bid $750.00  2023-05-16 08:24:35
  • Jp_kleist bid $600.00  2023-05-15 19:27:43
  • Sam bid $500.00  2023-05-15 11:34:14

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  1. LAR

    Those small holes toward the bottom of the B-pillar tell me this was a vinyl top car. They tend to trap moisture under them as apparently happened here. The rust along the crease at the rear of the top just over the rear window is a typical problem and not an easy fix as there are no patch panels that I am aware of. That also explains the increased amount of sanding on the top itself and the appearance of rust down the A pillars as well. Fixable, but not for the faint of heart!

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  2. Jay McCarthy

    It’s an ambitious undertaking no matter the selling price

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  3. AllenMember

    what about all the missing parts and trim? Are they included?

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  4. Joshua MortensenStaff

    The seller sent us a bit more info on the Ranchero, so I’ve included their response below:
    The 1976 Ranchero was a priority project. The title is signed and clean for the next buyer. I got the Ranchero in 2008, it needed a fuel pump and a tune-up. It ran well but the water pump started having issues. In 2014 we overhauled the top end. (I will send you the picture of the engine as it sits in the car today). In 2019 we did brakes all around and at a slow pace started to prepare for painting it. The car has always been drivable even in the naked state that it is. Because I had a dealer’s tag I was able to drive it short runs to go get parts, etc. All the parts are with the car. But we moved from another location to this one and some things got moved. I will make sure the car goes with everything. It is complete. It may need to re-evaluate things that get affected by sitting. But it is a matter of driving it and start making adjustments.

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  5. David Dail

    Wow, if this car is driveable it is very tempting. could it be driven home like 600 miles? Any chance of having any Dodge/plymouth cars? I am seeking a 1968 Dodge Charger RT. 426 or 440 IF IT NEED A ENGINE I WOULD BE INTERESTED. I CAN FIND THE MOTOR I Want. Somebody was showing about five 1969 “GENERAL LEE” FROM THE TV SHOW and the blonde headed guy.THEY WERE WRECKED FROM THE SHOW. A couple looked re-do- able. I would love to get a 1967-72 fastback. Got one? I am 66 and can always dream! pics of projects you will sle, please. Thx,David

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  6. LD71


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  7. Joshua MortensenStaff

    There was some communication issues between us and the seller on this Ranchero. We thought they wanted to offer it without a reserve, but we were mistaken. We are going to let it run and if it doesn’t meet the reserve, we will relist it once they can provide us with more photos and information.

    Our apologies fort the confusion!

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