2. THE ORIGINAL RANGERS WERE F SERIES TRUCKS
Many of us know the Ford Ranger as Ford’s compact pickup truck offering that was introduced in the mid-1980s, but that is not where it started. AutoWise.com says that in 1958, Ford introduced Edsel vehicles (named after Henry Ford’s son, Edsel) and these vehicles were only produced until 1960 (as they weren’t very successful).
In 1965, Ford reintroduced the Ranger name in the F Series. It was the luxury trim model for the F Series trucks. It became its own model 20 years later. They discontinued the truck in 2011 and it was just reintroduced for 2019.
3. FORD SOLD AS A MERCURY
Yes, Ford F Series trucks were marketed as Mercuries in Canada from 1948 until 1968, as stated by AutoWise.com. During that time, there were many small towns across Canada that may have had a Mercury dealer or a Ford dealer but, likely, never both.
This marketing stunt made sure that no matter what dealership may be in a given town, the F Series trucks were still able to be sold in Canada. It is an interesting marketing ploy, but it must have worked because it was that way for 20 years. It is definitely weird to see a Ford F Series truck with the Mercury name on it.