1969 Ford Bronco Is One Badass Blast from the Past
As we anxiously await the next-gen Ford Bronco, let’s take a look back at just what makes this ride so legendary.
The next-generation Ford Bronco will feature all-new styling, modern power, infotainment that wasn’t even close to existing when Ford stopped producing the last-gen Bronco, and updated four-wheel-drive capabilities. It’ll be a hit at Ford dealerships not only because it’ll be new but also because it’ll be the long-awaited descendant of the original Bronco.
The 1969 Bronco we spotted over on the Classic Cars auction site is a great example of what made the first-generation Bronco so appealing. It’s a simple two-box design with a gleaming white roof, square-jawed good looks, just the right amount of chrome, and four-wheel drive. Only one man owned it since 1970 until ClassicCars.com got a hold of it (after his death). Clearly, he took great care of his Bronco because it still has its original vinyl floor mat on its factory floors.
This Bronco has had some work done to it in the past 49 years, though. At some point in his time with this Bronco, the original owner had its factory paint covered with the color you see now. Instead of merely patching up some oil leaks, he had the entire 302-cubic-inch V8 rebuilt. According to the official description, “At that time he also had the clutch replaced, added a new Carb, and had the brake system completely gone through. This was all professionally done to the tune of $3000-4000.” On top of all that, there’s a new steering box, a dual exhaust system, and an additional leaf in each side of the rear suspension.
Currently, this beautiful Bronco is up in Holland, Michigan. We’re all for getting trucks dirty, but we hope the winter weather up north doesn’t dull this classic’s shine too much.
Photos: Classic Cars