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Archive for the ‘Ford Bronco’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Zero Labs All-Electric Ford Bronco Restomod Is the Best Bronco

We get it; you’re eager to see what the 2020 Ford Bronco will be like. Yet, somehow, the idea of an all-electric Bronco restomod is making our hearts beat faster. Zero Labs’ plans in this direction are, at this point, a string of nicely worded phrases backed up by a video and a photo gallery that, in all fairness, left us asking for more.

The company also claims that the finite product is “restored and handcrafted to show car quality” and powered by a “covert, all-electric drive system.”

That’s why we dug deeper to see what hides behind the marketing blah-blah.

PostHeaderIcon Ford’s Latest Patent Filing Hints at the Name of the New Baby Bronco

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The Ford Bronco is the next hot thing in the world of SUVs. Relying on the cache built up by the original Bronco that was discontinued in 1996, the new model is tipped to sell in big numbers if Ford gets the recipe right and revives an off-roader revered for its no-nonsense attitude. We’re now hearing that the name ’Scout,’ along with the ’Bronco Scout’ moniker are in the process of being trademarked by Ford through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The ’Scout’ name can either refer to the upcoming ’Baby Bronco’ or just a trim level of the Bronco itself.

Information has been thin regarding the 2021 Ford Bronco, which is set to go into production this year. We’ve heard a lot of rumors, but few can be checked and considered as facts. For instance, we’ve heard that the Bronco will come with either two or four doors and a removable soft top option will be available as Ford plans to take on the Jeep Wrangler – a rumor backed by these patent fillings. We also reported that the 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2021 Ford Bronco will sport the same underpinnings and that the Bronco might be fitted with a seven-speed manual after all. Let’s let the rumor mill spin a bit more and talk about the Scout.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Ford Bronco Could Have a Retractable Cloth Roof and Removable Doors – A True Jeep Wrangler Competitor

Life for the Jeep Wrangler might become more difficult and complicated as there are other manufacturers out there plotting its demise by launching competitive alternatives to it. Land Rover is on the final stretch with its all-new Defender, as is Ford with its upcoming Bronco, a model that, according to some recent patent filings, is apparently going to have many of the same party pieces as the Wrangler. It may not have the folding windshield, but a removable top and removable doors are certainly on the list of goodies for the Bronco.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Ford Bronco Will Take on the Jeep Wrangler with Removable Top, Choice of Two or Four Doors

Ford’s best-performing dealers were reportedly given an early look at a prototype for the upcoming 2020 Bronco, a model that’s been in the works for a few years, but just like Land Rover’s new Defender, the project is and has been shrouded in secrecy. It’s quite clear that the Blue Oval intends for it to fight not the hugely capable and successful Jeep Wrangler, but the all-new Defender as well. Rumor says that it will be offered with a removable top and could be offered in two- or four-door form!

PostHeaderIcon Ford Announced 5 New Models in Detroit, Including the Bronco

Ford just unveiled the new Explorer at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but during the press conference it also announced five new models that it will launch over the next 24 months. Three of them are new generations of existing models, while the other two are brand-new nameplates, including a revival of the Bronco.

PostHeaderIcon Ford is Dragging Its Feet on the New Bronco, Will Debut the new F-150 and Explorer First

After years of speculation, Ford finally confirmed that a new-generation Bronco will be unveiled soon. However, a new report claims that FoMoCo isn’t in a big hurry to launch the SUV and may have opted to roll out the new-generation F-150 pickup truck instead.

PostHeaderIcon You Can Get a Fully Licensed, Brand New 1966-1977 Ford Bronco if You’re Willing to Pay for it

The new Ford Bronco will arrive in 2020, but those who can’t wait that long now have the opportunity to have their fill with the original Bronco courtesy of a company called Gateway Bronco. The Illinois-based outfit has been restoring the first-generation Bronco since it started operations in 2016. But thanks to a partnership with Ford, Gateway Bronco has announced plans to go beyond restoring original Broncos and will build brand new, old Broncos under license from Ford. Mind you; these aren’t Gateway’s “interpretation” of the original Broncos. These are original Broncos that Gateway will build with the blessing of Ford. They even come with a five-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty. Gateway plans to build three versions of the original Bronco, all in limited quantities. The price range of these models goes from $120,000 to $180,000.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Bronco II aka “Baby Bronco”

In March 2018, Ford unveiled its plans for the next two years, which includes many new models and a shift toward crossovers in the U.S. The bigger news includes dropping most cars in favor of SUVs, a hybrid version of the F-150 truck, and a revival of the iconic Bronco. The latter will be joined by a smaller sibling with similar boxy cues. A baby Bronco!

Described as a vehicle “designed to win a growing number of people who love getting away and spending time outdoors with their families and friends,” the compact SUV was partially revealed in a teaser photo. In November 2018, photos of the actual vehicle leaked onto the web following a Ford dealer meeting. And based on what we can see, it’s aimed directly at Jeep. Specifically, while the new-generation Bronco will go against the all-popular Wrangler, the smaller crossover will take on the Renegade. There’s no official name for it yet, and details remain a mystery, but it could roll out by 2020.

Updated 11.14.2018Leaked photos from a dealer meeting shows the “baby” Bronco before we’re supposed to see it. Check out the photos in the gallery section.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming “baby Bronco.”

PostHeaderIcon Ford’s “Baby” Bronco Leaked in Dealer Meeting Photos

Back in March 2018, Ford confirmed that it will revive the iconic Bronco, as well as add a smaller, “baby” Bronco crossover to its lineup. Come November and the “baby” Bronco revealed itself earlier than planned in leaked images from a dealer meeting.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Ford Bronco and 2019 Ford Ranger Will Be One and the Same Under the Skin

The Bronco is coming back, and we’re still waiting with bated breath for all the juicy details from Ford. Luckily, it’s looking like we won’t have to wait too much longer, as a full debut is expected early next year at the Detroit Auto Show this coming January. However, before then, we’re picking apart all the rumors we can get our hands on, including the possibility Ford will source the Bronco’s underlying structure from the new Ranger.

PostHeaderIcon Is This the 2021 Ford Bronco II, aka “Baby Bronco?”

As Ford moves away from its line of sedans, it’s instead focusing (perhaps “concentrating” is a more appropriate word) much more heavily on its crossovers and trucks. As such, the Blue Oval has a swarm of fresh prototypes out on the road, like this recently spied compact crossover – leading us to ask, is this the new Baby Bronco?

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Here’s Everything We Know About the New Ford Bronco

I read a lot of Bronco stuff in my research for this article and let me tell you right away that we are in for the ride of our lives. Ford has some balls and, if we are lucky, it will probably give us just what we wanted – a retro looking 2020 Ford Bronco with live axles, three doors, a cool “no-roof” mechanism, a modern engine, and a freaking spare tire slapped at the back. A gazillion rumors have surfaced over the past few years about the new Bronco, but the last teaser picture revealed a lot.

The Bronco always was a cool vehicle. All the way from 1966, but it wasn’t until that OJ Simpson situation that it reached the status of an automotive icon like no other. Interestingly enough, we’ve had to wait a quarter of a century for Ford to reveal an all-new Bronco, a vehicle that will be a staple of American off-roading culture and the first one in a long time to attack the likes of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

This is what we know about the 2020 Ford Bronco.

PostHeaderIcon Ford’s “Baby Bronco” Will Be Little More Than a Re-Bodied Focus

Despite a strong move towards more crossovers and trucks, Ford isn’t ditching all the good stuff its got going with its line of sedans. The latest is that the Blue Oval’s upcoming “baby Bronco” will take its underpinnings from the Focus four-door.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs

Ford just released an extended outline of its product plan for the next few years, including a good deal of info on its line of SUVs, trucks, and off-roaders. The release also gives us a preview of the Mustang’s battery-assisted future, not to mention a slew of shadowy teaser images that includes a glimpse at the front end of the new Shelby GT500.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

What’s The News?

Ford is currently gearing up to release a bevy of new models for the North American market by 2020. All told, the Blue Oval is looking to replace upwards of 75 percent of its lineup, adding in four new trucks and SUVs, as well as several new hybrids and an all-electric model as well.

The fresh hybrids will include revamped versions of the Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and Bronco. Ford says the extra tech will focus on expanded capability and practicality for SUVs, while performance will see a bump in the Mustang.

Tell Me More About The Mustangs


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“This, of course, is a preview of the upcoming Shelby GT500, which should produce upwards of 700 horsepower”

That’s right, Ford has once again confirmed that a hybrid Mustang is on the way. Chew on that for a second.

In addition to reminding us about the upcoming electrified pony car, Ford also released a shadowy teaser image showing a snake badge on a Mustang grille, complete with go-fast stripes on the hood (see above). This, of course, is a preview of the upcoming Shelby GT500, which should produce upwards of 700 horsepower, making it the most powerful street-legal production car that Ford ever made.

What About The Other Hybrids?


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“Ford says its future hybrid systems will be both more frugal with the dino juice and less expensive to produce”

“Hybrids for years have been mostly niche products but are now on the cusp of a mainstream breakout,” says Ford president of Global Markets, Jim Farley. “The valuable capability they offer – plus fuel efficiency – is why we’re going to offer hybrid variants of our most popular and high-volume vehicles, allowing our loyal, passionate customers to become advocates for the technology.”

Ford says its future hybrid systems will be both more frugal with the dino juice and less expensive to produce, which should help it bring the tech across multiple segments, as previewed in this release.

The company’s first BEV in the utility segment is slated for arrival by 2020, heading into the fray as the first of six all-electric vehicles Ford plans to introduce by 2022.

Ford is investing some $11 billion into the drive systems tech, also promising a redesigned ownership experience that should include easier charging and seamless over-the-air software updates.

What’s The New Tech All About?


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Infotainment and cutting-edge features are a big part of the value proposition these days, and Ford says it’s building up the open platform Transportation Mobility Cloud to “empower tomorrow’s mobility systems.” As such, all new Fords will get 4G LTE connectivity by the end of next year, and the new Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver assist technology package will come bundled with standard automatic emergency braking.

What About Ford’s Trucks And SUVs?


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“$7 billion is being reallocated from cars to SUVs, with eight different models heading to the segment by 2020.”

Following the arrival of the aluminum-bodied F-150 in 2014, the iconic workhorse will receive further updates over the next few years, including a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel powertrain option, as well as updates for the F-150 Raptor. Also expect the return of the Ranger, a new F-Series Super Duty, and hybrid powertrains with a mobile generator option.

Ford also foresees significant growth in the SUV segment. To that end, $7 billion is being reallocated from cars to SUVs, with eight different models heading to the segment by 2020. Five of these will have hybrid powertrains, while one will be all-electric. Look for a new Edge ST coming later this year, after which Ford will release an Explorer ST model.

The brand’s off-roaders will also get a boost thanks to a new Bronco and an as-of-yet unannounced small utility vehicle, the latter of which could be a smaller version of the Bronco or even an off-roader version of the Edge.

References


2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang - image 718145

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Ford Bronco.


2017 Ford F-150 Raptor - image 610255

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.


2019 Ford Ranger Raptor - image 765836

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor.


maker logos - image 744958

Read more Ford news.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs

Ford just released an extended outline of its product plan for the next few years, including a good deal of info on its line of SUVs, trucks, and off-roaders. The release also gives us a preview of the Mustang’s battery-assisted future, not to mention a slew of shadowy teaser images that includes a glimpse at the front end of the new Shelby GT500.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

What’s The News?

Ford is currently gearing up to release a bevy of new models for the North American market by 2020. All told, the Blue Oval is looking to replace upwards of 75 percent of its lineup, adding in four new trucks and SUVs, as well as several new hybrids and an all-electric model as well.

The fresh hybrids will include revamped versions of the Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and Bronco. Ford says the extra tech will focus on expanded capability and practicality for SUVs, while performance will see a bump in the Mustang.

Tell Me More About The Mustangs


Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs - image 774071
“This, of course, is a preview of the upcoming Shelby GT500, which should produce upwards of 700 horsepower”

That’s right, Ford has once again confirmed that a hybrid Mustang is on the way. Chew on that for a second.

In addition to reminding us about the upcoming electrified pony car, Ford also released a shadowy teaser image showing a snake badge on a Mustang grille, complete with go-fast stripes on the hood (see above). This, of course, is a preview of the upcoming Shelby GT500, which should produce upwards of 700 horsepower, making it the most powerful street-legal production car that Ford ever made.

What About The Other Hybrids?


Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs - image 774068
“Ford says its future hybrid systems will be both more frugal with the dino juice and less expensive to produce”

“Hybrids for years have been mostly niche products but are now on the cusp of a mainstream breakout,” says Ford president of Global Markets, Jim Farley. “The valuable capability they offer – plus fuel efficiency – is why we’re going to offer hybrid variants of our most popular and high-volume vehicles, allowing our loyal, passionate customers to become advocates for the technology.”

Ford says its future hybrid systems will be both more frugal with the dino juice and less expensive to produce, which should help it bring the tech across multiple segments, as previewed in this release.

The company’s first BEV in the utility segment is slated for arrival by 2020, heading into the fray as the first of six all-electric vehicles Ford plans to introduce by 2022.

Ford is investing some $11 billion into the drive systems tech, also promising a redesigned ownership experience that should include easier charging and seamless over-the-air software updates.

What’s The New Tech All About?


Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs - image 774069

Infotainment and cutting-edge features are a big part of the value proposition these days, and Ford says it’s building up the open platform Transportation Mobility Cloud to “empower tomorrow’s mobility systems.” As such, all new Fords will get 4G LTE connectivity by the end of next year, and the new Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver assist technology package will come bundled with standard automatic emergency braking.

What About Ford’s Trucks And SUVs?


Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs - image 774070
“$7 billion is being reallocated from cars to SUVs, with eight different models heading to the segment by 2020.”

Following the arrival of the aluminum-bodied F-150 in 2014, the iconic workhorse will receive further updates over the next few years, including a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel powertrain option, as well as updates for the F-150 Raptor. Also expect the return of the Ranger, a new F-Series Super Duty, and hybrid powertrains with a mobile generator option.

Ford also foresees significant growth in the SUV segment. To that end, $7 billion is being reallocated from cars to SUVs, with eight different models heading to the segment by 2020. Five of these will have hybrid powertrains, while one will be all-electric. Look for a new Edge ST coming later this year, after which Ford will release an Explorer ST model.

The brand’s off-roaders will also get a boost thanks to a new Bronco and an as-of-yet unannounced small utility vehicle, the latter of which could be a smaller version of the Bronco or even an off-roader version of the Edge.

References


2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang - image 718145

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


2020 Ford Bronco - image 705394

Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Ford Bronco.


2017 Ford F-150 Raptor - image 610255

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.


2019 Ford Ranger Raptor - image 765836

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor.


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Read more Ford news.

PostHeaderIcon A Ford Everest Raptor is in the Works; Could Lead to a Bronco Raptor

First, there was the Ford F-150 Raptor, then came the Ranger Raptor, but if Australia’s Drive.com is to be believed, Ford might have an Everest Raptor in the works. The Everest, the three-row SUV version of the Ranger, would theoretically be easy to give the Raptor treatment. Both the Ranger and Everest share similar frames and suspensions, along with the forward second of the cab.

So, what spurred this theory? No less than Ford Performance’s head engineer, Jamal Hameedi, in fact. He told Drive, “There’s no reason [we wouldn’t do an Everest Raptor],” he said.

Continue reading for more information.


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“With both the Everest and Bronco being based off the Ranger, it’s highly likely an Everest Ranger will spawn a Bronco Raptor.”

Hameedi continued talking up the idea by saying, “The first F-150 Raptor was way beyond our wildest dreams in terms of success, and that success spawned a Ranger Raptor. So to do an SUV is a little more difficult because you have to figure out how to deal with the rear suspension. In the form of a bodyside outer it’s not just a box outer [and that] poses a unique challenge in how you package that.”

Apparently, Ford’s Australia product communications manager, Damion Smy, agrees that Ford should build more performance-oriented trucks and SUVs. Smy told Drive, “Long term it would make sense if you look at the fact that passenger vehicles were overtaken by SUVs this [2017] year. There’s definitely a case for more performance oriented or at least more sports styled SUVs in the future.”

So, while an Everest Raptor would be great, that doesn’t mean much for Ford’s U.S. operations. The Everest isn’t available in North America and Ford hasn’t made any statements suggesting that will change anytime soon. However, America will be getting the Ranger-based Bronco SUV in 2020. With both the Everest and Bronco being based off the Ranger, it’s highly likely an Everest Ranger will spawn a Bronco Raptor.

While this is highly speculative, the idea is hardly far-fetched. What’s more, with the Ranger coming to the U.S. for 2019 (and highly likely the Ranger Raptor will too), adding a Raptor trim to the 2020 Bronco is a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, only time will tell. Ford will likely debut the 2020 Bronco sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, so we’re still several months away from even seeing what the Bronco will look like, let alone know what trim levels it will offer. In the meantime, read our full review of the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor and let know your thoughts in the comments below.

References


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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Ford Bronco.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Ford Everest.


2017 Ford F-150 Raptor - image 610255

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.


2019 Ford Ranger Raptor - image 765836

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor.

PostHeaderIcon Trucks & SUVs Are The New High-Dollar Collectables

Antique vehicle prices are a good indicator as to how popular and culturally esteemed a vehicle has become over the decades. While Ferraris, Porsches, and other exotics can pull seven-figure bids at auction, they’re old news. These days, classic pickup trucks and SUVs are exploding in value – especially those with exceptionally low miles and all its factory-supplied parts. A perfect example of this just rolled across the Barrett-Jackson stage in Vegas this past weekend. Check out this 1989 Ford Bronco.

This two-door SUV didn’t need a reserve to push its price skyward; it saw an organic auction end with the winning bid of $40,700. That’s a 146-percent increase over its original MSRP of $16,526! That same money would have bought 2.5 Broncos back in the day.

There are two factors for this Bronco’s high bid: one, yes, SUV and pickup prices are beginning to rise dramatically and two, this Bronco was practically perfect. It only has 1,606 actual miles, still rides on the original Goodyear Wrangler tires, has zero damage, and has tons of factory options. Making it even more special is its listing as a “promotional vehicle.” It was likely used by Ford for marketing purposes, perhaps at auto shows or advertising, and bought by a collected rather than being sold to the general public. We’ve got more information on this true survivor down below.

Continue reading for more information.

1989 Ford Bronco XLT


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“This special Bronco is fitted with the XLT trim package, which in 1989 was a near-luxury trim”

This special Bronco is fitted with the XLT trim package, which in 1989 was a near-luxury trim. It has its original Raven Black paint and Dark Charcoal cloth interior. Outside, the Bronco has the wagon-wheel-style, 15-inch steel wheels wrapped in the original Goodyear Wrangler AT tires with outline white letters. It also has the removable fiberglass roof with privacy glass. The power-operated, tailgate-mounted rear glass is also tinted and has the optional defrost feature. The rear bumper has the center step with a ball mount for towing.

Inside, this Bronco has front bucket seats with the center console and rear bench seat. It’s got tilt steering, the factory tachometer, electric shift 4WD, cruise control, A/C, an AM/FM/cassette radio, power locks, and power windows.


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“The Windsor V-8 was good for 185 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque”

Under the hood is Ford’s classic 5.0-liter V-8 with fuel injection. A four-speed automatic with overdrive sends power to the two-speed transfer case and then to the rear axle, which has a 3.55:1 gear ratio. The Bronco also came equipped with the heavy-duty battery and “super engine cooling” system. The Windsor V-8 was good for 185 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque back in 1989, which was pretty good for those days.

A Future Collectable Today


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“Not too many folks were thinking SUVs and pickups had that same potential value”

It’s somewhat common for someone to store a Corvette, Camaro, or Porsche in a garage for 30 years hoping to get a big return on their investment. Not too many folks were thinking SUVs and pickups had that same potential value, so there are considerably less factory-fresh examples floating around. That, combined with the rise in popularity of the category, has antique examples in Concourse quality condition to go for top dollar.

Needleless to say, if an automotive investor is looking for something besides muscle cars, imports, or exotics, the American workhorse might be a great place to look.

References

Ford Bronco


2020 Ford Bronco - image 705394

Read our full speculative review for the 2020 Ford Bronco.


2016 Ford Mustang Convertible Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition - image 649848

Read more auction news.

PostHeaderIcon Trucks & SUVs Are The New High-Dollar Collectables

Antique vehicle prices are a good indicator as to how popular and culturally esteemed a vehicle has become over the decades. While Ferraris, Porsches, and other exotics can pull seven-figure bids at auction, they’re old news. These days, classic pickup trucks and SUVs are exploding in value – especially those with exceptionally low miles and all its factory-supplied parts. A perfect example of this just rolled across the Barrett-Jackson stage in Vegas this past weekend. Check out this 1989 Ford Bronco.

This two-door SUV didn’t need a reserve to push its price skyward; it saw an organic auction end with the winning bid of $40,700. That’s a 146-percent increase over its original MSRP of $16,526! That same money would have bought 2.5 Broncos back in the day.

There are two factors for this Bronco’s high bid: one, yes, SUV and pickup prices are beginning to rise dramatically and two, this Bronco was practically perfect. It only has 1,606 actual miles, still rides on the original Goodyear Wrangler tires, has zero damage, and has tons of factory options. Making it even more special is its listing as a “promotional vehicle.” It was likely used by Ford for marketing purposes, perhaps at auto shows or advertising, and bought by a collected rather than being sold to the general public. We’ve got more information on this true survivor down below.

Continue reading for more information.

1989 Ford Bronco XLT


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“This special Bronco is fitted with the XLT trim package, which in 1989 was a near-luxury trim”

This special Bronco is fitted with the XLT trim package, which in 1989 was a near-luxury trim. It has its original Raven Black paint and Dark Charcoal cloth interior. Outside, the Bronco has the wagon-wheel-style, 15-inch steel wheels wrapped in the original Goodyear Wrangler AT tires with outline white letters. It also has the removable fiberglass roof with privacy glass. The power-operated, tailgate-mounted rear glass is also tinted and has the optional defrost feature. The rear bumper has the center step with a ball mount for towing.

Inside, this Bronco has front bucket seats with the center console and rear bench seat. It’s got tilt steering, the factory tachometer, electric shift 4WD, cruise control, A/C, an AM/FM/cassette radio, power locks, and power windows.


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“The Windsor V-8 was good for 185 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque”

Under the hood is Ford’s classic 5.0-liter V-8 with fuel injection. A four-speed automatic with overdrive sends power to the two-speed transfer case and then to the rear axle, which has a 3.55:1 gear ratio. The Bronco also came equipped with the heavy-duty battery and “super engine cooling” system. The Windsor V-8 was good for 185 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque back in 1989, which was pretty good for those days.

A Future Collectable Today


Trucks & SUVs Are The New High-Dollar Collectables - image 740180
“Not too many folks were thinking SUVs and pickups had that same potential value”

It’s somewhat common for someone to store a Corvette, Camaro, or Porsche in a garage for 30 years hoping to get a big return on their investment. Not too many folks were thinking SUVs and pickups had that same potential value, so there are considerably less factory-fresh examples floating around. That, combined with the rise in popularity of the category, has antique examples in Concourse quality condition to go for top dollar.

Needleless to say, if an automotive investor is looking for something besides muscle cars, imports, or exotics, the American workhorse might be a great place to look.

References

Ford Bronco


2020 Ford Bronco - image 705394

Read our full speculative review for the 2020 Ford Bronco.


2016 Ford Mustang Convertible Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition - image 649848

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PostHeaderIcon Ford WD-40/SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco

We’re a little over a month away from the opening of the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, and as you might expect from my favorite auto show of the year, the show offerings are going to challenge your imagination. This early, we’re already getting previews of some of the projects we’ll see at SEMA, one of which is this beauty of a retro classic. It’s called the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco, and it looks nothing like O.J. Simpson’s White Bronco. To be clear, this is the OG 1966 Bronco, the first-generation version of a model that would last five generations and, arguably, one of the most infamous Ford SUVs in history.

This particular Bronco may not have the history attached to it. But it is the subject of a collaborative work undertaken by Aaron Vaccar of The Vaccar Co. and household chemicals company WD-40, the makers of the famous lubricant of the same name. Not much in the way of details have been revealed at this point, but we do know that this piece is a legitimate one-off creation that features design and color details that are inspired from WD-40. The treatment isn’t unlike what we’ve seen from WD-40, which has a history of supporting SEMA Cares over the years. Some of its past creations include a Ford WD-40 Mustang and a Dodge Challenger WD-40 that was created with the help of Chip Foose. The Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will be in attendance at SEMA where it will eventually be auctioned for charity.
All the proceeds from the auction will then be sent to a few organizations, including Childhelp, an organization that provides important services to abused and neglected children, and the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship help to students who are entering the aftermarket world of the auto industry.

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What makes the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco special?


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WD-40 is a staple at SEMA, so much so that the company has, over the years, sponsored one-off creations of different cars just to have them auctioned off for charity. It’s a cool gesture on the part of WD-40 and from an automotive standpoint, it’s been a treat to see that this tradition will continue at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show with the Ford WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco.

“It’s actually a different approach from what we’ve come to see in the past as most of the WD-40/SEMA Cares project cars sport the yellow car in the body while the blue acts as the trim”

For now, the only thing I can tell you about the SUV itself is that it’s dressed up in the famous blue-and-yellow colors of WD-40 with the whole body of the Bronco getting the blue treatment and the front sections and the wheel surrounds getting the yellow treatment. It’s actually a different approach from what we’ve come to see in the past as most of the WD-40/SEMA Cares project cars sport the yellow car in the body while the blue acts as the trim. It happened back in 2010 with the WD-40 Mustang, as well as in 2011 with Chip Foose’s Dodge Challenger WD-40. Even last year’s offering
– a 1966 Chevrolet Camaro – featured a yellow body and small but no less discrete blue trims all around.


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At the moment, there are no shots of the interior of the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco. Expect more photos and details to arrive in the coming weeks as draw closer and closer to the opening of the SEMA Auto Show on October 31. That said, WD-40 indicated that some of its other products, including the WD-40 Specialist Superior Performance True Multi-Purpose Grease, Spray & Stay Gel Lubricant, Rust Release Penetrant Spray, and the new WD-40 Specialist Industrial-Strength Cleaner & Degreaser, will all be used in the development of this one-off Ford Bronco.

“From a power standpoint, the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will make use of a biturbo EcoBoost engine”

From a power standpoint, the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will make use of a biturbo EcoBoost engine. Neither Ford nor WD-40 have indicated the kind of power the EcoBoost mill has, but if I were to make a suggestion, a bi-turbo V-6 would be the perfect spot for the one-off SUV to be able to maximize its full potential. Should that be the case, don’t sleep on the WD-40 SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco and its ability to turn more than a few heads through different means. Could it be that it could even get the same engine as the Ford Raptor, which already packs 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque at its disposal?

Some of WD-40’s past SEMA-bound project cars

Last year, WD-40, designer Neil Tjin, and instructors from the Universal Technical Institute all joined forces to give us the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition. It was meant to be an anniversary piece to celebrate the Camaro’s 50th anniversary. The car itself underwent an extensive build process, and included the help of several partners, namely Eckler’s, Budnik Wheels, Axalta, Eibach, Falken Tires, Baer Brake Systems, LR Auto Body, and Optima Batteries.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary WD-40 Sema Cares

In truth, most of WD-40’s SEMA one-offs are born from multi-company collaborations like the one that created the Camaro 50th Anniversary model last year. This year, WD-40’s list of partners extend past Aaron Vaccar and The Vaccar Co. Other build partners that have donated products for this particular build include AIRAID, AMSOIL, AutoMeter, B&M, BASF, Blood & Grease, Detroit Steel Wheel, Diode Dynamics, Flowmaster, General Tire, Grip Royal, Mishimoto, POR-15, The Club, VMS Racing, and XS Power.

Go back a few years and you’ll similar patterns taking fold every time WD-40 creates a one-off model for SEMA. Back in 2011, legendary hot rod designer and TV star Chip Foose created a Dodge Challenger with the help of BASF, Street Scene/Foose, Hotchkis, Magnaflow, and Brembo brakes. The result of that was a stunning Challenger wearing WD-40’s trademark colors.


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PostHeaderIcon “Pawn Stars” Steer Clear Of O.J. Simpson’s White Ford Bronco

By now, a lot of us probably know of Pawn Stars, the hit show from The History Channel that gives us a close look at the wheelings and dealings of Rick Harrison and his pawn shop-owning family. The show itself has given us plenty of unique items and moments over the years, but recently, a peculiar piece of Americana made an appearance on the show: O.J. Simpson’s 1993 Ford Bronco.

Yes, the same white Ford Bronco that Simpson was riding in during the infamous highway police chase in 1994 was being offered to Harrison by its owner, Mike Gilbert, O.J.’s former sports manager. Gilbert bought the car from O.J.’s former NFL teammate, Al (AC) Cowlings, the man behind the wheel during the police chase through Los Angeles. Not one to turn down arguably the most iconic Ford SUV of all time, Harrison welcomed Gilbert to his shop to talk about the SUV, even going so far as to take the SUV for a spin around the block. While Harrison did eventually admit that the Bronco was still in fantastic condition and could command millions in an auction, its provenance as having been involved in a double murder case, Simpson’s acquittal notwithstanding, made it very difficult for him to stomach purchasing it. He ultimately rejected Gibson’s offer of $1.3 million for the car, presumably saving himself the headache of having a car drenched in an infamous episode of American history in his inventory.

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