Big Oly Ford Bronco Comes Back to Life in Scale Model

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Big Oly Ford Bronco

This Ford Bronco emerged from an unlikely partnership to spawn an entirely new era of off-road racing.

Back in the glory days of racing, things were a little different. And there’s no better representation of that fact than the legend of “Big Oly,” the Ford Bronco that took home multiple wins in the iconic Baja 500 and Baja 1000 off-road races. As legend has it, famous fabricator, racer, and Bronco guy Bill Stroppe somehow talked Indy car driver Parnelli Jones into trying his hand at off-road racing at a Christmas party. But things weren’t exactly all rainbows at the start of that unlikely partnership.

Back in those days, desert race trucks were built using factory driveline components, not super strong aftermarket stuff. Thus, Jones quickly earned a reputation for breaking parts, especially on four-wheel drive trucks with solid front axles. The Indy racer eventually convinced Stroppe to build him a two-wheel drive Bronco utilizing beefier, fabricated parts. After that effort brought home a win in the Baja 500, it was off to bigger and better things. As in, the Big Oly Ford Bronco.

Big Oly Ford Bronco

Big Oly was the culmination of Stroppe and Jones’ partnership, and the truck went on to score a pair of Baja 1000 wins. It did so with goodies like a fiberglass body and tube chassis, things that are commonplace in today’s desert racers. And now, the most iconic off-road racer in history is available in scale model form, thanks to the Acme Trading Co.

Big Oly Ford Bronco

This stunning replica is done up in Big Oly’s 1971 Baja 1000 winning livery and hand crafted from resin. Everything from the detailed interior and engine bay to the sponsor decals is a faithful replication of the original. It’s a real work of art, one that’s obviously going to appeal to discerning collectors. Thus, only 750 Big Oly Ford Bronco models are slated to be produced. The good news? If you want one, they’re available for pre-order right now, over here!

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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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