Comeback Cars: Deceased Vehicles That Made Miraculous Recoveries

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Ford Ranger | 1983–2011
Original Base Price: $6,695
Ford introduced the compact Ranger pickup truck in 1983 to replace the Courier, which was built by Mazda. The Ranger was the first compact pickup designed and produced by Ford, coming at a time when fuel economy was an important aspect of new-car buying. As a result, the base engine for the Ranger was a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor that produced only 73 horsepower. In 1986 Ford added an extended-cab variant to the Ranger lineup, which provided a storage space behind the front seats that could also fit two small jump seats. Although there were design refreshes and new features throughout its life, the Ranger was always built on the same chassis — quite a long time without a complete redesign. The Ranger continued to be sold in various parts of the world, although 2011 marked the end of the Ranger in the U.S.

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