Along with a few minor trim changes, not much change in the 61 Ranchero. One most notable changes was Ford offered the Ranchero with the Falcon’s larger 170-cu.in. inline-six, boosting power from the 144-cu.in. engine’s 85hp to a more respectable 105hp.
Picture yourself in the comfort, style and economy of a 1961 FALCON RANCHERO PICKUP. Economy never had such style and comfort as in the compact new Falcon Pickup. It starts with a low, low price tag. And continues with exceptional gas economy. In certified tests by impendent automotive experts the 85hp Six scored as high as 38.3 mpg. But economy is only part of the picture. At first glance you’ll see its beautiful styling, big 6-ft. box and comfortable luxury lounge cab interior.
PROTECTION FROM RUST
Rocker panels and all main underbody structural members are heavily zinc-coated to protect against rust and corrosion for greater durability. And Falcon Pickup’s integral cab and body provides ridge construction for longer life.
LOADS OF LOADSPACE
The Falcon Pickup’s big 6-ft. box (nearly 8 ft. with tailgate down) gives over 31½ cu. ft. of usable loadspace. And that’s room aplenty for most any pickup job. Over 42 in. of flat floor width between the wheelhousings.
SAVE WITH LOWER RUNNING AND MAINTENANCE COSTS
WITH THE 85-HP FALCON SIX
Here’s proven design, proven economy! Durable cast iron construction, free-turning overhead valves. Short Stroke design that cuts piston travel, and wedge-type combustion chambers are a few of its advanced design features.
OR THE NEW 101-HP HIGH-PERFORMANCE SIX
Here’s flashing power combined with the Falcon’s famous economy. This new 101-hp Six is available for more zip, ginger and go! That’s because you have a full 18% more displacement for greater horsepower with only 2% more engine weight.
SIMPLICITY OF ENGINE DESIGN
There’s new freedom from mechanical difficulties with simple, efficient and accessible design. For example, the intake manifold is cast integrally with the head. It’s lighter, has fewer parts and provides better fuel distribution. A hot spot under the carburetor and water-heated carburetor spacer gives better cold weather starts, faster warm-ups and superior fuel vaporization for improved performance and economy.
4.000 MILES BETWEEN OIL CHANGES
Save on oil change expense. A Full-Flow oil filter, standard on both Falcon Sixes, extends oil changes to a full 4,000 miles. That means the average owner has to change engine oil only three times a year.
LUXURY LOUNGE INTERIORS WITH ROOMY COMFORT FOR THREE
Here’s elegance, comfort and driving pleasure everyone can afford. The full-size passenger with stretch-out room for three. And luxuriously comfortable foam seat is standard at no extra cost.
The seat is covered with brown “Western Motif” vinyl with beige vinyl bolsters and seat facings that are as rich looking as they are durable. Attractive, black and white or red and white vinyl trims are available with Deluxe Trim Package.
|Model||Body Code||Units Sold||Weight lbs.||Price|
|’61 Ranchero (bench-seat)||66A||20,937||2,338||$1,868|
The above production information has been obtained from various sources and cross-checked when possible. Although it is thought to be reliable, a person considering a Falcon based on its rarity should conduct his or her own research.