If you want a vintage 4x4 from the 1970s, you basically have five options to choose from: a Jeep CJ-5, a Toyota FJ-40, an International Scout, a Land Rover Series III or an Early Bronco. We've driven (and owned) them all, and each model performs well off road -- and they all have a great look. But when it comes to street manners, Ford really got it right with the Bronco. Unlike its competitors, you can drive an EB at highway speeds without being shaken to pieces. It's quiet enough that you can still carry on a conversation. And you don't have to worry about blowing up the engine (if you've ever tried to drive an old Land Rover or early FJ over about 60 mph you'll know exactly what I mean).
This Early Bronco has a great look, thanks to a recent repaint in orange with a white top and awesome period stripes across the fenders and rockers. The rear quarters have not been cut and flared, a feature that is harder and harder to find these days. All body panels are straight and rust free, with no evidence of bodywork; the inner fenders, rockers and wheel wells are solid and rust free. The front floor pans have been replaced. This example has chrome bumpers, headlight rings and "Sport" trim around all windows, which really dresses things up without adding too much bling. Between the orange, the white and the brightwork, this is perhaps the best looking Bronco we've had.
The truck is sporting Ford eight-spoke painted steel wheels with center caps and trim rings, in like-new condition, with newer BFG all terrains. The nice thing about these wheels is that you can pop off the trim rings and install the factory hubcaps if you prefer a stock look. See the photos for examples...both the hubcaps and trim rings come with the truck.
Inside, this Bronco has brand new carpet, new upholstery on the front and rear seats, and a new dash pad. It also has the desirable Ranger-style door panels and interior rear quarter panel inserts. The dash is uncut and retains its original AM radio, and this rig has a rare factory throttle control knob in the dash.
Under the hood is a crate 302 that runs great and makes very good power. This Bronco has a three-speed manual gearbox with a column shifter (a "three on the tree") -- clutch and lift linkage feel good. This truck also came with factory power steering, and it's had the desirable front disc brake conversion. In keeping with the stock look, the correct air cleaner is in place atop the carb.
This example is much too nice to take off road (well, except maybe once or twice a year just to put it through its paces), but it's equally at home in urban, suburban and rural settings -- give us a call at 404-692-5250 for more information about this classic Bronco.
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