Buy This Bronco: Bronco II Awaits Its Moment of Fame

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Bronco II

At a time when everybody continues to pay big bucks for full-size models, the Bronco II waits for its shot at the limelight.

Full-size Broncos might be the hottest trucks on the collector car market right now, with the possible exception of air-cooled Porsches. Everybody loves the big bodied SUVs, and barely decent examples are demanding ludicrous prices. So what’s a classic Ford lover to do? Well, go out and scoop up a Bronco II!

Bronco II

The compact(er) Bronco has long lived in the shadow of its big brother. But like all trends, they’ll eventually come to an end. After all, these are still infinitely cool, capable little ‘utes. If you haven’t noticed, there are tons of excellent, lightly used examples out there for sale. The best part? Compared to 1st and 2nd gen Broncos, they’re dirt cheap!

Take this 1986 model we found in the Hemmings classifieds as an example. With a grand total of 88,930 miles on the odometer, it’s traveled an astounding average of 2,900 miles a year. It looks virtually brand new in the pictures, from the spotless undercarriage to the rip-free interior.

Bronco II

It’s also a nicely optioned baby Bronco, with a V6, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, cruise control, and air conditioning. And the best part of the whole deal? It’s heading to The Raleigh Classic Car Auction on June 23rd and 24th, with a catalog estimate of $7,000-$9,000.

Bronco II

Heck, you might even get it cheaper than that. People just seem to have forgotten these things exist. The Bronco II’s time in the limelight will eventually come, and the days of picking up clean examples of the buckin’ breed will be gone.

Do yourself a favor and get in on the ground floor while you still can!

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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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