This ‘New’ 1973 Bronco Trumps the Upcoming Bronco

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Let’s go ahead and crush the dreams of Ford fans across the world – the upcoming Bronco, most likely due in 2019, is probably not going to be what you want it to be. Sure, we’ve all seen the cool renderings that have been floating around for awhile, but those were created by fans, not the big Blue Oval.

The real truth is, we’ll probably see a vehicle that is designed to sell to the masses, not to a select group of enthusiasts like ourselves. Niche vehicles don’t make money for manufacturers, because they aren’t going to appeal to the commuters of the world. So what’s a lover of Ford’s iconic SUV to do?


Buy a basically new, fully-restored classic Bronco is what you should do. One like this super clean 1973 example. With a mere 3,600 miles on the clock since completion, you’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer one out there. Every single nut and bolt has been replaced, cleaned up, and/or painted as well.

The 302 V8 block, C4 automatic transmission, and 9-inch rear have all been rebuilt. Modifications include a power steering conversion and a power brake swap with front discs, both of which are welcomed changes that make this classic Bronco much more pleasant on today’s highways.


Considering how easy it is to option a new Explorer into the $50,000 plus range (and the six figure prices of classic Broncos), this 73’s asking price of $52,000 doesn’t seem too bad. With the threat of an upcoming disappointment looming on the horizon, it also promises to be the superior choice.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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