1972 ‘Bill Stroppe Baja’ Is the Holy Grail of Broncos

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Want to know what the ultimate in Baja off-road technology looked like in the ’70s? Wonder no more.

There are few things we at Ford Truck Enthusiasts┬álove more than a classic Ford Bronco. Of course, an off-road-modified Bronco happens to be one of them. That’s why when we ran into this beautiful example tweaked by the king of the hill, the top of the heap, the cream of the crop Bill Stroppe, we wished we had deeper pockets.

Sorry, something about this awesome Baja Bronco makes us want to do an ’80s-style wrestling promo. Maybe it’s the bright orange paint, the muscular fender flares, or the off-road tires wrapped around chrome wheels. Something about this perfect little thing has us fired up!

Stroppe Baja Bronco

This SUV was purchased new in California in 1972, and was then modified into a Baja Bronco by the legendary Bill Stroppe – the NASCAR and Baja race car driver turned vehicle tuner. As you could imagine, the current owner Hal Sealund spent years tracking down this particular┬áBronco.

Once he finally took possession of it, Sealund painstakingly researched the Bronco’s history, collecting as much information as he could. After that, a complete frame-off restoration was performed to bring the truck back to its original specification.


It’s all there, from the factory hard top to the “Cactus Killer” grille guard. Even the Cibie driving lights are period-correct. Bill Stroppe converted somewhere between 450 and 650 Broncos over the course of five years at his famous shop in Long Beach, California.

Some of those Baja Broncos went on to race in prestigious off-road races like the Baja 1000, and others. However, this restored example, while it doesn’t have any major racing pedigree, is one of the nicest examples of a Stroppe-built Baja Bronco in existence.

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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