Mat Irvine: AMT has also issued the Ford Ranchero as the vehicle used by drag racing legend, ‘Ohio’ George Montgomery. He won the Autolite-sponsored ‘Little Eliminator’ Ranchero in 1960, as his prize for winning at the Big Go drag races that year. He used the Ranchero as a push-and-tow vehicle for the rest of his career, and still owns the car.
The Ford Ranchero was a sedan-based pickup, designed to give an owner the advantage of a car-like driving position, with a utilitarian pickup load bed behind. The pickup was based on Ford’s successful compact car of the time, the Falcon.
Below, you can see how I have matched the interior sub-assembly to the photo in the booklet.
Comparing the original ‘Ranchero’ script on the front fender from a 1961 original (below top) with the new release. The reissue is not as sharp, but then the basic tooling is over 50 years old!
Finished pickup (above, below) with service equipment, and optional cover for the pickup bed.
Box for the original 1961 version (above, below). Note this was a generic box design, the name of the actual kit inside being identified only by the label stuck on the end.
AMT1960 Ford Ranchero
Assembled length: 190 mm (7.5 in)
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Thanks to Round 2 for the review kit