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General Motors Ranger

The Ranger was a General Motors car brand that lasted from 1968 to 1976. The brand was used in conjunction with two markets, an automobile marketed as "South Africa's Own Car", built in Port Elizabeth from 1968 to 1973, and another model range that was produced from 1970 to 1976 in Antwerp, Belgium, by General Motors Continental SA. General Motors Suisse SA from Biel-Bienne Switzerland also produced Rangers from 1970 to the factory's end in August 1975.

The cars built in this period were a mixture of parts from other General Motors products and featured a body shell similar to the Opel Rekord with internal parts from various large Vauxhalls and Holdens. However, as the second generation cars became too similar to the models marketed by Chevrolet in South Africa and Opel in Europe, it was decided that this kind of brand was irrelevant and so the marque was discontinued.

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Models ranges and engine sizes

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South Africa

  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon
  • 2.1 L (4 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon
  • 2.5 L (4 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon
  • 2.5 L (4 cylinder engine) SS2500 hardtop coupe

Belgium

  • 1.7 L (4 cylinder engine) 2 door saloon (from 1972)
  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 2 door saloon
  • 2.1 L (4 cylinder engine) 2 door saloon
  • 2.8 L (6 cylinder engine) sports coupe

Switzerland

  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 2 door saloon (Model A from 1970 to 1972)
  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon
  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 2 door coupe
  • 2.5 L (6 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon (Model A from 1970 to 1972)
  • 2.5 L (6 cylinder engine) 2 door coupe
  • 2.5 L (6 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon GTS (fuel injection)
  • 2.5 L (6 cylinder engine) 2 door coupe GTS (fuel injection)
  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 2 door saloon (Model B from 1972 to 1975)
  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon
  • 1.9 L (4 cylinder engine) 2 door coupe
  • 2.5 L (6 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon (Model B from 1972 to 1975)
  • 2.8 L (6 cylinder engine) 4 door saloon GTS (fuel injection)
  • 2.8 L (6 cylinder engine) 2 door coupe GTS (fuel injection)

Notes

  • Georgano, G.N., Editor (1985). The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars 1885 to the present. Guild Publishing.  pp. 512.

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