Aaha. 1977 in the USA gas was averaging 60c a gallon, so it cost sixteen bucks to fill the tank on the Ford Ranchero, and this exercise in largesse was fitted with a 6.6L Cleveland V8.
So that means the fuel economy wasn’t anything to write home about – but then if you went too far, too fast, there was no guarantee you would get home, without a splash’n’dash.
Spotted this little left-hook baby (?) on the Queensland Gold Coast, so somebody loved it enough to show it off – but I’m guessing with gas costing upwards of AUD$1.80 a litre these days, it’s only used for short trips.