Rare Stroppe Baja Bronco Edition Up for Grabs
One of only roughly 500 built, this Bronco is also one of the nicest Stroppe creations you’ll ever see!
First generation Broncos only helped stoke the flames of America’s off-road obsession during their heyday. And yet, as capable as these ‘utes were in stock configuration, that didn’t stop many from making upgrades. Those who wanted a turn-key solution only needed to turn to legendary off-road race truck builder Bob Stroppe. Because from 1971 through 1976, he was building his own custom beefy creation – the Baja Bronco.
These special rides were based on Ford’s sport wagon Bronco, but painted a distinctive red, white, and blue combination with a flat black hood. All used a 302 V8 with 4-barrel carb and automatic transmission in regards to drivetrain. Stroppe outfitted the Baja Bronco with double shocks in the front and back, as well as cut and flared fenders to accomodate wide 8″ wheels and beefier tires.
The Baja Bronco also came outfitted with additional oil and transmission coolers, a roll bar, swing out rear spare carrier, and auxiliary 10.3 gallon fuel tank. The end result was a capable truck made even more capable. And yet, Stroppe estimates that only around 450-500 were built during the entire production run. Which obviously makes the Baja Bronco a rare sight today.
We spotted this 1971 Baja Bronco on Mecum’s auction site in what looks to be amazing condition. The compact off-roader was found stored in an Arizona pole barn before undergoing an extensive two year nut-and-bolt restoration. Most of the original parts were saved, though some NOS bits had to be sourced here and there. Regardless, this is easily one of the nicest examples of a Baja Bronco we’ve ever laid eyes on. And considering the skyrocketing prices of first-gen Broncos these days, its auction estimate of $95,000-$115,000 doesn’t seem too unreasonable, either!