Shelby  Township resident Marc Perry bought  his 1991 Ford  SkyRanger at an  auction in 2008.  The SkyRanger is extremely rare, as the Ford Motor Co.  produced fewer than 20 of them.

Shelby Township resident Marc Perry bought his 1991 Ford SkyRanger at an auction in 2008. The SkyRanger is extremely rare, as the Ford Motor Co. produced fewer than 20 of them.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Behind the Wheel: 1991 Ford SkyRanger convertible is a rare find

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published October 19, 2018

 The SkyRanger has a manual convertible soft top, along with original exterior and interior features.

The SkyRanger has a manual convertible soft top, along with original exterior and interior features.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Photo by Erin Sanchez

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On any given day, it’s fairly common to spot a Ford Ranger on the road, but when it comes to the Ford SkyRanger — a unique variation from the early ’90s — a sighting is nearly impossible.  

With fewer than 20 produced, the 1991 SkyRanger convertible is an uber-rare find, which is why Shelby Township resident Marc Perry couldn’t pass up the chance to buy one at an auction. Perry is no stranger to car auctions, at times even buying one car per year, so when a red SkyRanger came up for bid in 2008, he knew it was special. 

“I fell in love with it, bid on it and won the auction,” he said, noting that the SkyRanger looked brand-new and had only 6,500 miles on it. 

Perry, who retired from Ford Motor Co. in 2006, explained that his 4x4 extended-cab SkyRanger is fully optioned and has driving lights, custom wheels, and a tuned exhaust that makes it sound like a Mustang. The most head-turning aspect of the SkyRanger, though, is its manual convertible soft top — a concept that never really took off with pickup trucks. 

Perry said he thinks the SkyRanger looks sleek with its top down, but it’s not a look that’s for everyone. In addition to compliments, the unusual truck also gets its fair share of criticism. 

“Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” he said. 

Perry added that because so few SkyRangers were made, his truck frequently comes up in “SkyRanger” search results online. 

“If you Google ‘1991 Ford SkyRanger,’ you will see numerous pictures, movies and stories of my truck,” he said, adding that one of the “most amazing” things he’s seen online is a tutorial on how to create a miniature version of the vehicle. 

“Some guy has a 45-page manual on how to make one out of Legos,” he said. “That’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. When someone sent me the link, I couldn’t believe it.”

Perry said that the SkyRanger isn’t his daily driver, but the truck has “been good” to him, and he enjoys taking it out in the summer for special events like cruises.

“No one is used to seeing a Ranger convertible pickup,” he said. “It’s unique.”


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