1985 Ranger is a Beast on Pavement and Dirt
Powerful V6 made Ranger the easy choice for buyers who wanted a small truck with big power.
This week’s Throwback Thursday video comes to us from the Beta MAX YouTube channel and it features a commercial for the 1985 Ford Ranger which was likely recorded off of a Betamax video cassette player. While most compact trucks in the 80s were focusing on fuel economy, even for off-road trucks, Ford’s optional V6 allowed the Ranger to overpower all of its competitors. That made it a great truck for driving on the road or on rough off-road trails.
Like many trucks in the 1980s, the 1985 Ford Ranger came standard with a fuel injected four-cylinder engine, but buyers could also opt for a 2.8-liter Cologne V6. Rated at 115 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, the Ford V6 made the small trucl surprisingly powerful, making it faster in almost every driving situation.
When you combined that V6 power with the optional four-wheel-drive system, Ford’s small pickup was as capable as some of the larger trucks when it came to storming through the wilderness.
The odds are good that most people who bought a 1985 Ranger spent the majority of their driving time on paved roads, so the Ranger was built to be a smooth-driving truck for the daily commute. However, since it was Built Ford Tough, the engineers made sure that it could handle rough terrain almost as well.
In the commercial above, we see the Ranger cruising down the road, but more importantly, it effortless hits the trails, storming up a steep hill and blasting along a dirt road without any problem. Best of all, in fine 80s fashion, the commercial features the tune from “On The Road Again” by Mr. Willie Nelson.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!