October 19, 2023
A Scalloped Ranchero
In August 2023, I had the exciting chance to journey from Calgary, Alberta, to Oshawa, Ontario for the Autofest Nationals. As I explored the captivating displays within Lakeview Park, I was met by a remarkable formation of distinctive automobiles. While each vehicle held its own charm and allure, some truly stood out with their unique charms. One that captivated my attention was a 1957 Ford Ranchero.
Front shot of the stunning '57 Ranchero
In 1957, Ford made a significant addition to their lineup of full-size vehicles with the introduction of the Ranchero. Combining the comfort of a car with the utilitarianism of a pickup truck, these fresh, innovative vehicles made a strong impact on the North American market. Representing a revival of the hybrid concept, last seen in the 1930s, the Ranchero garnered widespread acclaim, swiftly becoming an automotive icon nearly overnight.
Rear shot of the stunning '57 Ranchero, showcasing the integrated 1958 Edsel fins
This particular Ranchero truly stands out amidst its counterparts. To the untrained eye, one might easily overlook the distinctive details of this remarkable “ute.” The journey of appreciation begins with the captivating deep blue metallic paint, complemented by contrasting white scallops that enhance the Ranchero’s iconic and sleek lines. Delicate yet defining pinstriping further refines and perfects the details, adding a touch of cool flair that pays homage to the 1950s/1960s aesthetic of this unique pickup.
The hood scoop of the Ranchero, which was loaned from a 1958 Ford full size
Delving further into the bodywork, beneath the mesmerising paint, revealed an incredible display of custom fabrication that set this Ranchero apart. The front grille borrowed styling elements from the mid-1950s Chevrolet Corvette, skillfully widened to suit the Ranchero’s larger mouth. Stepping to the rear, the taillights and fins were sourced directly from a 1958 Edsel station wagon, elevating the design and lines from the factory’s initial styling. The hood, from a 1958 Ford full-size, featured an expertly crafted curvature, shaping the scoop to resemble a heart - an intricate touch adding to the vehicle’s allure.
The scallops were integrated into the pinstripe design on the rear tailgate
This 1957 Ford Ranchero was a canvas for tasteful 1950s era style scallops and extensive modifications, seamlessly blending unique elements with the classic beauty of this custom pickup. Each carefully considered detail contributed to the overall appeal of this masterfully designed package. The allure of this Ranchero continually beckoned me back, capturing my attention and admiration multiple times throughout the Autofest Nationals.
The interior of the Ranchero, with newer components integrated with the old school flair
Until next time, allow your creative side to flourish and create some beautiful, unforgettable magic.
- Kyle Hanger of Searching for Classics