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Torch Red 1957 Ranch Is How Ford Should Have Made the 300 Few Still Remember

In the history of Ford, the 300 nameplate is not a very well known one. If anything, people tend to associate this number, when used for a car model, with Chrysler. But there was a Ford 300 sometime in the past.
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To be fair, probably not even Ford remembers this model. The car was on sale for just one year, in 1963, and was supposed to be slotted right beneath the Galaxie. That means it was the entry-level, at the bottom of the pit, with no equipment that could be considered luxury, or even close to that.

Equally low-priced was the Ranch Wagon, a model Ford manufactured as part of the Fairlane line for more than 20 years starting the early 1950s. The two designations, 300 and Ranch, have seldom met. Until now. 

Even if for most people the Ford 300 doesn’t ring that many bells, and the Ranch has long been convined to the history books, there are some who ventured in bringing the two together, with a modern, hot rod twist. Like the guys currently selling such a car at the Mecum auction in Glendale, Arizona.

The car we have here is officially called 1957 Ford 300 Ranch and is one of the best-looking examples we’ve seen.

Draped in a color called Torch Red, this build looks like nothing that ever rolled the assembly lines in terms of shine and bling.The perfectly crafted colors scheme and the attention to detail make this build unique, including at the interior where nearly everything is custom-made, from the gauges to the woodgrain body trim that adorns the doors.

We are being told that not a single piece of this car escaped the attention of its builder. Even the engine, a huge 460ci powerplant (7.5-liters) has been rebuild before being connected to the 3-speed automatic transmission.

Mecum does not give an estimate of how much it hopes to fetch for the car.

 
 
 
 
 

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