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Stunning Presentation: 1969 Ford F100 Shortbed Ranger

With classic Pickups maintaining their popularity in the current market, good examples will always attract interest and intense bidding. Such is the case with this 1969 Ford F100 Shortbed Ranger. Someone has added a few updates to improve its practicality, but reversing them would be straightforward for a new owner seeking authenticity. However, with no immediate needs, it is ready for the winning bidder to hit the road and savor all it offers. The F100 is listed here on eBay in Caldwell, Idaho. Bidding has stormed past the reserve and currently sits at $20,100.

This is not the first Pickup we’ve seen from this seller, suggesting they have ready access to some pretty desirable machinery. Its presentation is almost flawless, indicating it has received at least a partial restoration at some point. Its Boxwood Green paint shines beautifully, with no evidence of scratches or chips. It coats equally impressive panels. They are as straight as an arrow, which could be the result of a sheltered existence. The bed is spotless, seeming to support my belief that someone treated the exterior to a refresh. The presence of rust is always a concern, but potential buyers can rest easy on that score. The panels are clean, while the underside shots show nothing but a dusting of dry surface corrosion in a few spots on the floors and a freshly painted frame. The trim is in excellent order, with only a few tiny marks on the grille to spoil perfection. It is worth noting a few upgrades that will divide opinions. The headlamps have been changed and should turn night into day for the winning bidder. The Ford rolls on larger color-coded steel wheels wrapped in Cooper Cobra tires. They should improve handling, but the deal includes the original steelies and hubcaps for those preferring a stock appearance.

Pickups like this F100 usually serve as workhorses, meaning their interiors can become battered and bruised. Finding fault with this one is almost impossible, making it attractive for an enthusiast seeking a high-end driver. The seat appears to wear a new cover, in Green and White, and the floors sport fresh carpet in Dark Green. Their condition is as you would rightly expect for their age, but the remaining trim and plastic don’t let the side down. I would never describe the condition as “showroom,” but it would garner positive comments wherever this classic goes. The dash and pad are immaculate, and the wheel has no appreciable wear. Nobody has loaded the interior with aftermarket additions, but the factory options will appeal to most buyers. There aren’t many, but the air conditioning and pushbutton AM radio should make life on the road pretty pleasant.

The seller indicates this F100 is numbers-matching, and its drivetrain should offer excellent performance. The 360ci V8 should send 215hp and 327 ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. The original owner selected power steering and power brakes, making maneuvering in tight spaces less of a chore. It won’t offer muscle car performance, but it should cruise happily on the highway at 70mph, even with the bed full to the brim. The engine bay presents well, and I find the color-coded air cleaner and valve covers a welcome change to the chrome items that often find their way under the hood of classics. The seller supplies no information on how the Ranger runs or drives, but the indications are positive. If it goes as well as it looks, the winning bidder can comfortably drive away with a mile-wide grin on their face.

There is so much to like about this 1969 F100 Ranger it is not easy to know where to start. Its presentation is superb, and any changes are reversible. I mentioned strong interest, which is reflected in the thirty-eight bids already submitted. Buying a project candidate is viable for some enthusiasts, but it isn’t the perfect answer for everyone. If you’ve always craved a classic Pickup but want one that is a turnkey proposition, joining the bidding war on this Ranger could be the ideal start to realizing that dream.


  1. Avatar photo Bob_in_TN Member

    Nice truck. I recall this color being popular in its day (my dad had a company truck in the color). Looks like it has had lots of restoration work. I can nitpick this or that and would be tempted to change or improve this or that, but overall it certainly is an eye-catching truck. I remember the rugged feel of the four-speed shifter. I’m not surprised at the strong bidding.

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  2. Avatar photo bobhess Member

    Just don’t see them in this condition this often. Nice one.

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  3. Avatar photo Cooter Member

    These have been making a strong run in the collector pickup category. I own a 55 F-100 and show it often. Seeing more and more of these as time moves forward. This is a very nice one and tastefully done. You won’t see another like it.

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  4. Avatar photo Cooter Member

    These have been making a strong run in the collector pickup category. I own a 55 F-100 and show it often. Seeing more and more of these coming out of barns and sheds as time moves forward. This is a very nice one and tastefully done. You won’t see another like it.

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  5. Avatar photo Zach

    The 77 Ford truck 2 listings down is from the same seller

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  6. Avatar photo Midway

    5th generation Fords are hot right now , I am throwing money into my 68 F250, for every dollar I throw I will get back two.

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  7. Avatar photo Jared Adam Chambers

    So, that’s a 68 grill. The using of the body color instead of Ford Blue under the hood is a mistake. It’s just … Not a $20k truck.

    Like, why would you do so much right, then not get the details perfect?

    Not worth a dime over $14,500.

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    • Avatar photo Yblocker

      68-69 grilles are the same. And a little critical, aren’t we.

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  8. Avatar photo Terry J

    So you thought the Ford RANGER was a small truck that competed with the Chevy S10? Not so. Note: Look up the Edsel Ranger. LOL. :-) Terry J

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  9. Avatar photo Joe Haska

    Why would you take a beautiful truck like this and make it look as if it is going to the Sunday afternoon Monster Truck Show, take 10 minutes and put it back the way it came out of the factory.

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  10. Avatar photo Russ Ashley

    There’s a couple of nice Ford trucks on BF today. I’m beginning to like the look wide steel wheels painted body color like the green one has. If I needed tires and didn’t already have new Goodyears and eighteen inch wheels from a new Chevy pickup I would be tempted to put them on my truck. I’m happy to see the prices of trucks going up like they seem to be doing because I have a 96 Chevy pickup that will be gaining in value along with the market. Right now it might be the only thing I have that is going up in value.

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  11. Avatar photo Albert Hinojosa

    This is a nice clean truck. I just did the exhaust system on it and the under side is in good shape. Minor rust, but what 50 year old truck doesn’t have a little rust. The new owner will be happy with there purchase.

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  12. Avatar photo Rusty

    Bumps getting their recognition finally!!! Hate to see this combo get butchered left & right. A FE is a good FE, a built FE is a monster ready to hurt the pavement.

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  13. Avatar photo Robert

    I have a 69 CST 10 that is about 90 o/o complete rebuild. Not a restomod. New 350 crate and 350 turbo trans, new interior, new rallie wheels painted black to match the truck. A few small details to work out, like exhaust, inside the bed needs paint, but no rust. I have $10,000.00 in mine. It’s worth $20,000.00. this is a pretty truck, but it’s not a Chevy!!! But it is worth whatever someone that wants it is willing to pay.

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