Not So Lone Ranger: ’73 Ford Bronco V-8
We continually post fine examples of uncut, original Ford Broncos and I think we might need to explain why. There are only 3 collectible 4X4s: the Land Rover, Toyota FJ40 and the Ford Bronco (sorry JEEP CJ fans). Each one has their own distinct persona based on the country of origin. Ford product manager Donald N. Frey and General Manager, Lee Iacocca, who pushed it into production, conceived the Bronco. The same duo was responsible for bringing the Mustang to market. They must have been pretty busy guys. In some ways, the Bronco is more “all new” than the Mustang, from an engineers perspective that is.
The Mustang created a whole new category of cars – Pony Cars. But it was based on an existing platform: the Falcon.The Bronco was new from the bottom up. Broncos were pretty disposable back in their day and many have ended up in the bone-yard or customized into some rock-crawling behemoth. So it is nice to see what one looked like well-preserved since 1973. Today’s featured Bronco is a 302 V-8 (take that Landie and FJ40 fans), 3-speed column shift and the popular Ranger Package. It is mostly a cosmetics package but cool to have anyway. This Bronco has A/C and Power Steering too. Chalk another one up for the Bronco. This is an 86,000 mile original everything truck that drives just the way it should. And if called upon, will perform well in the yucky stuff too. Click here for the Craigslist ad.