COLOGNE, Germany – Ford’s first generation Ranger has been presented with a prestigious award by German publication AUTO BILD Klassik – 30 years after its launch!
Readers of the classic car magazine voted the iconic pick-up the best vehicle in its class by far, earning Ranger a coveted “Golden Classic Steering Wheel” award.
Launched in the US in 1982, the first generation Ford Ranger polled 3,975 votes in AUTO BILD Klassik’s latest reader survey, beating nine other pickups to first place.
"This award underlines the importance of the culture and identity of a brand," said Bernhard Schmitz, Head of Commercial Vehicles, Ford-Werke GmbH, at the award ceremony. "That's why this distinction for us is just as important as for a current model. We are excited and want to thank the readers of AUTO BILD Klassik."
Ford’s first generation Ranger was offered in two wheelbases and boasted a payload of up to 735kg. Smaller than the full-sized Ford F-Series pickup, it was powered by a choice of 2.0 or 2.3-litre engines.
Optional extras included power brakes, traction control, a rear bumper with step, air conditioning, adjustable backrest with tilt adjustment, a sliding rear window, as well as a radio-cassette unit "for listening pleasure".