Buy This Bronco: Rare 1991 Magnum Metropolitan Conversion
If you wanted a ’90s, four-door Bronco back in the day, you only had two different options.
These days, we’d like to have just about any sort of new Bronco. But in the old days, some folks were angered by the fact that Ford wouldn’t build them a four-door model. In true American fashion, however, there were two of companies that did. Not by stretching a two door Bronco, mind you. But rather by starting with a Super Duty and enclosing the bed.
Of the two conversion companies Centurion is the most well-known. It’s part of the reason why Magnum converted fewer trucks out of the roughly 5,000 total made. Regardless, that makes this 1991 Magnum Metropolitan a rare beast, indeed. We spotted the ’90s time capsule on eBay, where it’s currently up for auction.
This particular truck began its life as a regular cab, two-wheel-drive F-250. The base conversion cost at the time was a whopping $10,535. This example has $3,000 in optional gear, including an overhead console with a CB and antenna, rear speakers, a brake controller, overhead rear air conditioning, special paint, roof racks, a second gas tank, and a rear window defroster.
Power comes old-school in the form of a 460. Gas mileage probably hovers in the single digits thanks to the added weight and 4:10 rear gears, but when you’re driving something this cool, who cares? The automatic transmission and transfer case were recently rebuilt, and a transmission cooler makes for easy towing.
The current owner purchased the Magnum Metropolitan back in April 2014 with 109,000 original miles on the clock. He’s since pushed it up to 128,000, some of which while hauling a 30 ft. trailer. With a bunch of basic maintenance completed over that time frame, you know she’s good to go for many more miles.
Even though you’ll be filling the 50-gallon tanks pretty often, you’ll also likely be the only guy driving a Magnum Metropolitan on any road you traverse. And that makes it all worthwhile.