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8 throwbacks to when compact pickups were truly compact

If today’s “compact” pickups seem like yesterday’s full-size pickups, you’re not crazy. A 2020 Ford Ranger is 210 inches long, and a Toyota Tacoma, nose to tail, is 212; those figures are comparable to a 1979 Ford F-Series regular cab pickup. Even in the ’70s, that seemed like more truck than some people needed. The Japanese pioneered the idea of smaller pickups, mostly because they designed trucks for their home market, where space came at a premium. However, as consumers embraced small cars in 1960s and ’70s, they also embraced small pickups.


Here are 8 throwbacks to an era when compact pickups really were compact.


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my 2009 ford ranger was totaled back in 2018 - i was excited to see that ford was going to reintroduce the ranger - what a bummer when i saw it - the bed is SO HIGH that i can't imagine using it for work (a complaint of mine about most new pickups!) - it might make a nice "stage" for you to parade your expensive mountain bike around on but i can't imagine throwing a couple of 90lb bags of cement and some block in there - you'd need a ladder to get them out!!  and i totally agree the 1960-1965 Ranchero should be on this list!  i had a beat up old ford Courier that you couldn't kill!  and 80's - 90's toyota pickups were always great!