Incredible Ford Bronco Restomod Pays Tribute to a Legend
Classic Ford Broncos builds some wild rides, but they exercised a bit of subtlety with this rare Stroppe Bronco.
Among the many legendary names associated with Ford Bronco lore, Bill Stroppe might be the most important. Stroppe was a long-time racing partner with Ford, building and racing Broncos to victory in both the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. These significant wins cemented the Bronco’s status as a tough, highly capable off-road machine. Thus, Ford paid tribute to those monumental accomplishments by building roughly 450 special edition “Baja Bronco” examples for public consumption.
Baja Broncos were easily distinguishable from standard examples thanks to their unique Wimbleton White, Poppy Red, and metallic blue paint combination that matched Stroppe’s team livery. They also came equipped with a 302 V8, extra-cooling package, spare tire carrier, heavy-duty suspension, and auxiliary fuel tank. Finally, cut fenders made room for larger off-road rubber.
Today, any Stroppe Bronco is a rare but welcome sight. So it’s really no surprise that restomod builder extraordinaire Classic Ford Broncos recently decided to build their own tribute to the original tribute. This particular example retains most of the things that make the Stroppe Bronco special, including the paint scheme. But they also treated it to a host of welcome upgrades.
For starters, a brand spanking new 302 resides under the hood. The Bronco sits a little higher thanks to a 2.5″ lift, and features upgraded steering, suspension, and Wilwood disc brakes. Larger BF Goodrich 33×12.5×15 tires replace the originals. And there’s even a custom leather interior with an upgraded sound system for added driving comfort.
Classic Ford Broncos typically builds some pretty wild rides. But we’re glad they exercised a bit of modesty with this Stroppe Bronco. After all, it’s not like you need to do much to make these things any cooler than they already are!