Both the Falcon and the Fairlane now shared the same 113-inch wheelbase used for station wagons and for the Ranchero. Even the 428 Cobra Jet saw bigger numbers with optional ram air induction good for 360 hp. But if you kept it in near-mint condition after all these years, you could see a 3,028% return on your investment. Next: Collectors love these nearly forgotten trucks. The six was now 250 cubic inches, the small V-8 grew to 302 cubic inches, and two flavors of a new 351 V-8 were available. More and bigger engines were the big news for 1969.
All of these engines were also shared with and and had already been used in other Ford cars. These were mounted for the first time in Ford light truck history over the headlights. Next: One of the most iconic trucks ever is a favorite among collectors. Up front, it used Falcon sheet metal, but from the cab back it was more closely related to the Fairlane. The Bronco carried on in much the same form as it had since its 1966 introduction, but the F-100 had an all-new cab design and front sheetmetal, while the Ranchero featured a frontal facelift and -- thanks to its passenger-car ties -- an energy-absorbing front bumper. Next: This off-roading icon is worth a fortune off the trails.
Anything else was considered unnecessary. While the overall chassis and cab structure dated to 1961, the 1973 Ford pickups were heavily reworked with an all-new look for 1973, resulting in the sixth generation of the ever popular F-Series. Medium-duties had their own grille and fender styling, and incorporated some revised wheelbase lengths for 1973. A selection of Ford's 1973 light trucks The 1973 Ford truck model year brought a redesign for the Ford F-Series trucks, which included longer cabs and restyled exterior body panels. Launched in the late 1930s, the M-Series blended near-deco styling with a reliable inline-six engine. Classics on Autotrader is your one-stop shop for the best classic cars, muscle cars, project cars, exotics, hot rods, classic trucks, and old cars for sale. One of the more notable elements of the new styling was the body sides, which had a concave body character line going across the upper portion of the sides, containing the side marker lights and the front turn signals fitted in line with it.
Another element that was all new was the Styleside pickup box, which was billed at the time as the widest in the industry. . And Ford's Ranchero got a restyled front end, which incorporated the five-mph bumper mandated that year for its automotive counterparts. Well, except for this example — it was sold in May 2017. To complement the 1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang, Ford also made a similarly styled replica Indy Support Truck.
Body-color racing mirrors, high-back bucket seats, and a 140-horsepower 302-cubic-inch V-8 engine were other basic features of this sportiest of the three Ranchero pickup truck models. Thousands of different cars have been built over the past century. Next: This truck has been consistently popular for 70 years. The top trim line was the new Lariat package. Featuring car-like tail fins and an available Hemi engine, the Sweptside was never popular, but its unique styling and car-like amenities has made it a favorite among collectors.
A long-time favorite with off-roaders, original, unmodified trucks are increasingly hard to come by. See photos and learn more on the next page. Safety legislation for 1973 saw the front end redesigned to incorporate large 5 mph rated bumpers, with only minor styling tweaks through 1976 aside from the addition of catalytic converters in 1975. With revised styling and a few changes in engine availability in 1970, the Ranchero was starting to become more of a personal luxury truck. These popular trucks remained in production from 1947 to 1955, and their combination of good looks and bulletproof reliability kept plenty of them on the road for decades. But for just two model years, it offered an attractive car-based pickup that has had a cult following almost since it rolled out of the factory. New was the Ranchero Squire, and like the top-of-the-line Squire package Ford wagons, it featured woodgrain body appliqués.
Use Classics on Autotrader's intuitive search tools to find the best classic car, muscle car, project car, classic truck, or hot rod. But perhaps the biggest news of 1973 didn't come out of a Ford plant. After tracking classic truck sales, 11 Cinderella stories from truck history. Two 390 cubic inch V-8s were now available. Are you looking to buy your dream classic car? With a dedicated cult following and seemingly endless ways to modify the trucks, these simple workhorses have become some of the most sought after collectables in the world recent years. To combat competition, Ford introduced a SuperCab option for F-Series pickup trucks in 1974.
While at the start of the model year the same low and high performance 390s were still around, it got serious mid-year when the 428 Cobra Jet was also made available. But the early trucks from 1946 to 1956 are the ones collectors seek out the most. But in its final year, 1956, a number of one-year-only changes make it the prize of the bunch. Next: This truck was shockingly advanced for its day. They needed to do just two things: start every day and haul a bunch of stuff. So imagine telling truck buyers between, say, 1946 and 1973 that their trucks would increase in value by over 1,000%.