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EXCLUSIVE: 1974 Ford Courier Survivor

This could be one of the cleanest Ford Couriers we’ve seen in a long time! Reader William H has decided to part ways with this low mileage truck. It’s covered 75k miles since new, has seen one repaint and comes with some of its original documentation. After a recent tune-up, it’s running and driving great. It’s located in Forked River, New Jersey and William is asking $9,500. If you’d love to give it a new home, be sure to contact William via the form below.

The Courier has seen quite a few evolutions over the years, starting as a delivery sedan, then a compact truck and eventually being a Fiesta based ute. This one is from the first generation of compact trucks and was actually based on the Mazda B-series of trucks.

Since it’s based on the Mazda, power is provided by a Mazda built 1.8 liter inline 4-cylinder with all 74 horses being routed through an automatic. It might not be the fastest or most powerful truck out there, but the 1,400-pound capacity is quite impressive for a truck its size. This truck’s engine looks to be clean and is said to run great. Besides an engine tune-up, it’s also had the brakes done recently as well.

Looking this truck over, it really does look to be straight, solid and in fantastic condition. I have no doubt that the mileage is correct and that this thing has a ton of life left in it. If you’d love to give it a new home, be sure to contact William via form below! So, what do you think of this little survivor?

  • Asking Price: $9500
  • Location: Forked River NJ
  • Mileage: 75,000
  • Title Status: Clean

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  1. Todd

    Cool little truck, I’d be interested if it was cheaper. Best of luck with your sale.

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  2. Z1rider

    That’s the Mazda engine, not the SOHC 2.3 Ford engine. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that parts availability is an unknown, at least to me.

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  3. David Zornig

    I spent the Summer of `75 in California, and these trucks were everywhere!
    A lot in that color even.
    There was a mini backlash against them as I recall, by the custom van guys at the cruise nights.
    But ultimately they accepted them.

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  4. Rube Goldberg Member

    I always thought the Mazda was the best of the bunch, possibly because of it’s affiliation with Ford, these were great little trucks. I don’t think they are $10g’s worth of vehicle, but this truck is everything most of us want Detroit to make again, well, here it is now. I suppose that makes it worth it.

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  5. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Pretty tough little trucks. A HS friend got a football scholarship to St George and would drive home on the weekends-517 miles one way…never a lick of a problem.
    In the fall though it didn’t sleep two right tackles in the cab very well-I’d have my knees tucked under me on the passenger floor with my upper body on the seat and he’d be slumped over the wheel or propped in the drivers corner!

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    • Mountainwoodie

      You must have been some SMALL tackles! :)

      Needs a 4 speed. Full stop.

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      • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

        Built like short fireplugs but we were a whole lot more limber at 18-20 years old and pain was never voiced-a guy could lose his Man Card for such an infraction! 😎😆
        And yes-most definitely needs a 4speed! Otherwise passing in traffic was measured with a calendar.

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  6. brake dust

    I remember seeing these around. I never knew they made a slushbox version. I would think it was likely pretty slow with the auto trans. It would have been a 2 or 3 speed trans I am guessing with pretty large spacing between the gears….

    one the same color with the manual trans sold on BaT for $7700 or so a while back

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  7. David F

    My company took away my 3/4 ton Ford pickup and gave me one of these during the fuel crunch. I was running around the country opening motels hauling a load of tools for my crews. I hated it and it got terrible mileage but I couldn’t kill it. It wouldn’t go 200 miles without a fuel stop, which made for a lot of stops between coasts. They are tough little trucks.

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  8. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    A few years back when I lived in a small N.E. Texas town ( Gun Barrel City) I saw several of these around the country side. One fellow in 7 points had two for sale. I never stopped so I don’t know how much he was asking but he sold both. At the time these were new Toyota had the lions share of sales on mini pickups. An ex bil had a Mazda which was a very strong little truck.
    God bless America

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  9. stillrunners stillrunners Member


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  10. Ted

    Sorry, autobox truck isn’t going to fetch 9K. I’ve driven these with the stick and they are rudimentary utilitarian fun vehicles that get great mileage but put a slushbox in front of them and forget it. Like pushing a fridge uphill in San Fran with roller blades on…

    Still, a nice clean little truck, and I wish the seller the best of luck with the ask.

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  11. james boyd

    Chop out the firewall,CHECK. Cram in nasty 351 stroker,CHECK. Die or go to prison,CHECK. LOL.

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  12. Sidney Speiden Member

    I had one of these,it was the toughest truck I’ve ever seen. The previous owner was a fisherman and ran truck in saltwater daily so frame had serious rust. Motor and 4 speed trans ran great used no oil at over 100,000 miles. I ended up selling it for $100. to a guy who pulled the engine and tranny to put in his crabbing boat. Said Courier on outside , but some Japanese company on the inner fender.

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