The obvious question, when looking at this Modified Ford Ranger, is, “What the hell is going on here?” It has a body kit, and a wing at the front of the bed…and at the back! Ground effects and 4×4 trucks don’t usually make great bedfellows, but that’s none of this truck’s business. Oh, and let’s not forget that convertible top and the killer tape stripes.
The late ’80s and early ’90s were a confusing time for manufacturers of small trucks. Custom mini-trucks were all the rage. Customizers were lowering them and raising them and cutting the tops off and adding ridiculous stereos and tilt beds and untold other tricks. It was a legitimate automotive craze.
Dodge tried to jump on the bandwagon my offering the convertible Dakota, a standard Dakota modified by the American Sunroof Company. The timing wasn’t great, the choice of base vehicles wasn’t great, and the price tag placed the Dakota roadster apart from the type of person interested in modifying a small pickup. In the end, the production over three years was only 3759. Which, in terms of keeping a company like ASC busy, is significant, but by Big 3 automaker standards, is not.
According to some hasty google research and the information in the eBay ad, the SkyRanger was an attempt by the same company to sell their service to a “production” Ford Ranger convertible. They produced just 19 before the project was scrapped. This is one of those 19 – and it’s a peach. It has just 7219 miles on the clock and it looks pretty much perfect.
So many questions: Who bought this? Why was it stored for the better part of 25 years? Why would ACS start with a 4×4 when the fad at the time was lowered trucks? Is it worth $30k? Is it just an oddball or should it be in a museum? Why do I want it in my own garage so much?
Its price tag, just like the Dakota roadster’s, will probably keep it out of the reach of someone who would really love to own it, but there is something really cool about this truck. Somebody buy this and then get back to us about how awesome it is. Oh, and please take a photo with the top down.