Throwback Thursday: The 1986 Fun Ranger

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This week’s Throwback Thursday video features a 1986 Ford Ranger commercial with a unique rendition of Randy Newman’s Short People – appropriately replacing “Short People” with “Small Pickups”. There is another play in words in this video, as the Ford Ranger owners are busy having all sorts of fun in their small pickup, so the song refers to these trucks as the Fun Ranger. Yes, it is quite cheesy, but back in the 1980s, a commercial with big hair, a ton of neon lights and a cheesy, catchy jingle was advertising gold.

As you watch this awesomely 80s Ford Ranger commercial, notice that this spot really doesn’t offer any information about the truck at all. No mention of power or fuel economy or payload capabilities – just a focus on how much fun you can have with this little Ford truck.

Crank up your speakers and prepared to spend the rest of your day singing “Fun Ranger”.

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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