Classic Ford Bronco stars big at Barrett-Jackson

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With and all-new Ford Bronco coming back soon, the stars seem to be aligning for the classics this year at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction.

The list of classic Ford Bronco’s restored, restomodded and everywhere in between at this year’s event is longer than ever with some very good examples of original old school style as well as some rugged off-roaders.

A prime example of factory fresh style is a meticulously restored 1970 Bronco (Lot #977.1) in classic Sky View Blue and white (photo above). Under the hood is a 302 V8 rated at 205hp and mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. At 75,893 original miles with a nut-and-bolt frame-off restoration, it represents a good opportunity for someone wanting a factory stocker.

211-1On the other end of the scale is a more modified 1971 Bronco (Lot #211) with a beefed up 302 V8 and still a 3-speed manual. Added are custom power steering and disc brakes as well as Grabber Blue paint. Aftermarket bumpers, a healthy lift kit, and some custom touches inside and out make this example a good play toy to go do some off-roading in.

429-3With a full frame-off restoration, this 1974 bronco (Lot #429) enjoys a number of aftermarket upgrades in powertrain and suspension to make it an off-road beast. A built-up 351W V8 goes along with a fully built and lifted suspension – a 3.5″ suspension lift and 2″ body lift to be exact. The list of other visuals inside and out are endless. This is one Bronco you can buy and have some fun with no guilt.

450--1Ultra-rare is this 1968 Bronco half-cab (Lot #450) of which only 2,200 were made this year. It has had a frame-off, rotisserie restoration along with updated disc brakes, a 5-speed manual transmission, and modern air-conditioning inside. The interior features extensive modern upgrades and its 302 V8 has been massaged to offer up more power than stock.

540-1Looking ready for an African safari, this 1970 Bronco (Lot #540) spent most of its life in rust-free Tucson, AZ. With all-original body panels and floor pans, before its restoration in 2011 it still retained its original paint on an accident-free body. It has a rebuilt 302 V8 to along with an interior and exterior updated with a lot of modern accessories and finishes.

574-1A more mid-range presented example, this 1970 Bronco (Lot #574) has a number of updates like a new soft-top and custom bucket seats. It’s powered by a 351 V8 with 3-speed manual transmission. With 6″ lift, it’s riding on big 35″ tires mounted on custom wheels and may make a good buy.

682.1-1While this 1979 Bronco (Lot #682.1) could hardly be considered a classic, many regard this era none the less. A well kept example, this one has a 400 V8 and 3-speed automatic transmission. It was given a frame-off restoration along with upgrades like a 4″ lift and custom tires and wheels. This Bronco otherwise brings a lot of original to the stage with many factory options.

688-1This 1968 Bronco (Lot #688) represents the full-on custom build with a 347 V8 crate engine stacked up with lots of goodies for some 420 horsepower. A four-speed manual sends power to beefed up axles front and rear. The presentation has lots of modern accessories but fashioned in a retro style.

695-1One that might be more affordable to buy, this 1975 Bronco (Lot #695) has some modern mods to make living with it easier. These include a 90’s era 5.0-liter fuel-injected V8 mated to a C4 3-speed automatic transmission and power disc brakes. The interior has Vintage Air, Dakota Digital gauges but mostly stock appearing trims.

722.1-3If you wanted a 2000’s era Cobra but a 4×4 is really the answer, this 1972 Bronco (Lot #722.1) has a 32v 4.6-liter Cobra V8 engine under the hood, a 3” lift and a fully modern suspension and brake system. Paint and interior are fashioned like the 2004 Cobra Concept car in it’s gray and silver livery.

854-1A well disguised restomod is this 1974 Bronco (Lot #854) with a rare Explorer package. Under the hood is a stock looking 302 V8 mated to a modern 5-speed manual. Life with it is easier with Vintage Air, power steering, disc brakes, and a modern electrical wiring system. Other modern touches include an 8-point roll bar, front and rear shoulder seat belts, and an LED light package just to name a few.

It will be interesting to see how these fine examples perform on the auction block this year. We’ll update this page as the auction week progresses with sale prices.

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