Restored 1966 Ford Bronco U15: American Masterpiece

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1966 Ford Bronco

In a sea of early Bronco examples with cut fenders and massive rubber, this stunning ‘ute is rather refreshing.

Now that we’re officially engrossed in Bronco mania, it’s no surprise that more and more stellar examples are popping up for sale. Because what savvy businessman in their right mind would miss this well-timed opportunity? With a much-hyped new Bronco on the way in 2020, now is the time to strike. And thus, the market is hotter than ever. But among the sea of modified cut fender first-gen examples out there, this gorgeous turquoise 1966 Ford Bronco is certainly outstanding.

We spied the immaculately restored classic at Mecum, where it’s preparing to cross the block on November 15-17 at the company’s Las Vegas auction. And quite honestly, it’ll probably fetch a pretty penny in the process. For starters, ’66 was the very first year for the Bronco. It’s hard to top that sort of nostalgia. Secondly, this beauty has been treated to a full frame-off restoration. And it’s one of the few original, uncut ‘utes you see these days.

1966 Ford Bronco

Sure, it’s only packing a 170 cube six-cylinder under the hood. But the early Broncos weren’t built to get anywhere fast. It was more about enjoying the trip and exploring our great outdoor spaces. Even if you had to get by on some super skinny tires that look archaic compared to today’s aggressive off-road rubber.

1966 Ford Bronco

Not that anybody’s going to take this beautiful Bronco off-road now, that is. This is more of a charming cruiser and show piece in this kind of condition, which is perfectly fine, of course. If nothing else, it’s just refreshing to see an early Bronco with uncut fenders these days. And not to mention that ever so modest original-sized rubber!

1966 Ford Bronco

Photos: Mecum

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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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