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Ford Midsize Muscle – Fairlane, Torino & Ranchero – V8 Dynamite 1955-1979

Ford Midsize Muscle – Fairlane, Torino & Ranchero – V8 Dynamite 1955-1979

By Marc Cranswick
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25x20.7cm • 176 pages • 229 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845849-29-0

£ 30.00 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• 200 never published before pictures, plus original art!
• A continuous timeline from 1950 to 1980
• Ford Super Index
• The first book to cover the Ranchero pickup
• Full Ford powertrain analysis
• Ford muscle car evolution detailed
• Ford in racing – drag strip and NASCAR
• Featuring the Starsky & Hutch Gran Torino
• The business of Ford: success and challenges at Dearborn
• Includes stock and modified rides


This book details the evolution of Ford's family car through the golden era of Detroit. It tells how Henry took the no-frills Fairlane, added more zing to create the Torino, and satisfied America's luxury desires with the LTD II; and follows the evolution of Ford’s midsize muscle cars, to the creation of the first car-based pickup – the Ranchero.


In the postwar years, Henry Ford delivered the ‘Right Size Ford,’ the practical ride many American families wanted. As things got fancier in the fifties, Ford jazzed up matters with the Fairlane, a legendary Dearborn nameplate. Covering the evolution of Henry’s family chariot into the muscle car, with all those hallowed V8s of yore, this book reveals the commercial and performance zenith of late ‘60s America, as buyers optioned Torino and Gran Torino to their hearts’ content.
It’s said that Ford stands for ‘First On Race Day:’ read how Henry showed his domestic rivals how it was done on the racetrack, and in the showroom – can you say Thunderbolt 427?!
With the Fairlane, Henry invented the midsize car; with the Ranchero, the car-based pickup … and this book, above all, is an account of Ford being ahead of the game.

Independent Reviews

If you agree that these Blue Oval mid-sizers have lived in their contemporaries' shadow for too long, then grab a copy of this book.
American Car Magazine

There’s a huge amount of data here … it would make a useful reference. Sadly, the layout is uninspiring, with a complete lack of action or archive photographs.
Classic & Sports Car

Additional Information

Ford’s contribution to the muscle car era, including Henry’s hot hardware of the ‘Total Performance’ years.

The only book devoted to Dearborn’s family and midsize performance cars and the related Ranchero pickup.

Includes new cartoon artwork, pictures of the ultra-rare King Cobra racer, the most detailed Ford index, and referenced facts, as well as a continuous timeline from 1955-1980.


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