In the parking lot in front of the local warehouse store, a few surprises rested among more modern machinery, including this bronze colored Volkswagen. As a Super Beetle, this variation of the iconic “bug” features a wider and higher hood that hides an independent front suspension and an extra four cubic feet of cargo space. The rear of this example housed either a 1300cc flat-four or the 57 horsepower 1600cc flat-four used in the 1302S model. On the decklid were four rows of cooling vents revealing this early form of the Super Beetle to be a 1972 model.
Not far away, a red Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible featured the revised front grill and turn signals added for 1968. Equipped with the SS package, this Camaro utilizes a 350ci V8 for power, while a 396ci unit was also available. An upgraded suspension for increased handling capabilities, and exterior styling upgrades, such as the black stripe seen on the front of the featured vehicle, where also part of the SS package. Check out the photo gallery below for more images of these vehicles.
For 1977, Ford introduced what was to be the last iteration of the Ranchero in North America. Fords newest version of its car-based pickup shared most pf its architecture with Ford’s contemporary mid-size vehicles such as the Ford LTD II, Mercury Cougar, and Ford Thunderbird. Also shared with these vehicles are its angular styling and low-slung stance. The long hood gave the truck nice proportions reminiscent of a large coupe, while the bed clearly defined it as a pickup. The rear of the cab curves to meet the top of the bed wall in a way similiar to that of the Chevrolet El Camino and GMC Sprint. Front sheet metal was shared with the LTD II, including its quad headlamps and protruding front fenders that helped give a mature and upscale appearance.
Creases run along the bottom of the truck and along the rear fender to continue the sculpted design of the front. In general, the last of the Rancheros had somewhat elegant styling and though it shared its basic idea with the El Camino, it had various design elements that set it apart. Motivating the big Ford was a choice of a 351 cubic inch V8 or the larger 400 cubic inch V8. Both engines were mated to a three-speed automatic. This generation of Ranchero was produced for only three years as the truck was discontinued in 1979, leaving only GM’s offerings to fill the domestic car-based truck market. The particular Ranchero shown was a 1979 model and was in nice shape. It seemed free from rust and the paint and vinyl top seemed devoid of conspicuous imperfections. The owner seemed to have abandoned the original wheels for some larger, more modern five spoke alloys allowing for a more modern look.