Forget the Mach-E, give us the Mach-Ute! Mustang Ranchero fan design looks fiery

Between 1957 and 1979 Ford produced the interesting Ranchero pickup truck, officially classified as a “utility coupe” or “ute” in Australia, where it had its own Falcon Ute counterpart. The Ranchero lasted seven generations before its demise, but the nameplate continued to exist until the early 1990s in South America.

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While the chances of Ford reviving the Ranchero are as slim as a toothpick in a sumo match, that hasn’t stopped one imaginative designer from conjuring up a vision of what a modern interpretation could look like.

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The man behind this creature, Oscar Vargas, decided to base its Ranchero on the latest generation Ford Mustang codenamed S750. Since he currently owns a Dodge Charger that is being redone pickup from Smyth Performance, that makes perfect sense. Ford has also shown that it is happy to use the famous Mustang badge for new vehicles, especially with the Mustang Mach-E.

Front half MustangThe base Ranchero remains largely unchanged from the regular example, but gets a touch of aggression with the addition of flared front wheel arches and a distinctive power dome on the hood. The more fundamental modifications begin right behind the doors, where the Mustang’s cabin is split in two, making room in the rear for a seemingly spacious bed.

A large rear wing and flared rear wheel arches that match the front ones help give the car a dash of flair.

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Because as cool as the Mustang-based ute is, we seriously doubt it’s part of Ford’s future plans, and that’s a damn shame.

Note: This is an independent design study by Oscar Vargas and has not been endorsed by Ford.

Note: This is an independent design study by Oscar Vargas and has not been endorsed by Ford.