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AJ's Car of the Day: 1959 Ford Ranchero

Car: Ford Ranchero

Year: 1959

What makes it special: The 1959 Ford Ranchero was the last full-size version of Ford's car-pickup combo. (For 1960, it became a huge hit when applied to Ford's compact Falcon model)

What made it famous: The 1959 Ford Ranchero was restyled with quad headlights in big fender housings, little rear fins accented by backup lights over jumbo round taillights, plus a 300 hp, 352 cid V8 was available to fight Chevrolet's hot new copycat, the El Camino.

Why I would want one: The styling was phenomenal for what was supposed to be a "utility vehicle", and the Ford Ranchero of any year makes for great custom or street rod material.

Fun Fact: Despite the competition now offered by Chevrolet's new El Camino debut, Ford Ranchero production rebounded to 14,169 units for 1959.

Photos from flipacars.com

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