Magazine Custom 1966 Ford Bronco Checks Every Box
The builder of this beautiful Bronco left no stone unturned. And the result is a unique first-gen worthy of accolades.
By now, you’ve probably lost count of all the high-dollar restomod first-gen Broncos you’ve seen. People just love to pour countless dollars into these iconic rides these days. Because, well, the results are freakin’ awesome. But even among a sea of competitors, this gorgeous 1966 Ford Bronco that we spotted at Mecum Auctions stands out. And unlike many other so called “ultimate” Broncos, it has the hardware to back up that claim.
How does a Truck Trend feature, finalist status in the SEMA Battle of the Builders, and a SEMA booth vehicle showing for Royal Purple strike you? Well, after you take a close look at this killer Bronco, it’s pretty easy to see how it achieved all those impressive feats. The beautifully finished body is all-steel, with fender flares and a custom hood and bumpers added to the mix. The two-tone combo of Ginger Ale Metallic and Golden Amber Pearl was undoubtedly risky, but it turned out great.
The interior is another true work of art. Everything you see is custom built for this particular vehicle, from the seats to the roll cage. Interestingly, the builder decided to throw in an F-100 dash and 1940 vintage Ford Deluxe steering wheel, which are very unique choices. Everything else is modern, from the Vintage A/C to the Classic Instruments gauges.
The engine bay and chassis are equally beautiful, but the parts list is pretty serious. Power comes from an X302 Ford Racing crate motor, backed up by a Bowler 4R70W transmission. Suspension goodies include a 5.5-inch James Duff lift kit, rear leaf and radius arms, Bilstein shocks, multi-link front end, and 9-inch rear. Rolling on Method beadlock wheels and Toyo Open Country tires, this beautiful Bronco is every bit as capable as it is nice to look at. But more importantly, it stands out from a very, very crowded field!