This incredibly rare Ford Bronco is crying out for a restoration
With the return of the Ford Bronco on the horizon with an all-new model set to arrive sometime this year, the prospect of a new model hitting showrooms has really started to drive up interest in older models, and the prices of them as well.
Yet somehow, after being up on Craigslist for the past 23 days at the time of writing, no one has bought this incredibly rare Bronco Roadster that's listed for sale in Los Angeles, California.
While O.J. Simpson's famously slow police chase in a white fifth-generation model was largely responsible for the two-door Bronco's sudden explosion in popularity in the 1990s, this one predates it by man, many years as this is not only a first-generation model, but is claimed to be one from the first year of production, 1966.
Dubbed by the seller as "the rarest of all Broncos", this Roadster, also known by its body code U13, is one of only around 5000 ever built between 1966-68, and while the seller claims only around 200 still exist today, some Bronco experts claim that number to be at around 150, with only ten restored to original condition.
And that's exactly why there needs to be an eleventh brought back to life, as this Roadster is a perfect candidate. While its faded Mustard yellow body and bare interior may mean it looks past it to the untrained eye, the original engine and four-wheel drive drivetrain remains underneath, with this one featuring the entry-level 170ci straight-six engine that was exclusive to the Bronco. The previous owner apparently made the expected claim that it "ran when parked", although the current owner claims they have never tried to fire it up.
But while it appears that this Bronco might be a challenge to bring back as although the body is surprisingly rot-free for a Ford of this vintage – it is noted as being a California car from new – many things such as the windscreen, interior, and more appear to be missing.
However, the seemingly steep US$15,000 asking price is actually justified as practically every single component required to at least put this Bronco Roadster back together are all supplied with it. Everything from the complete interior with front bucket seats and a rear bench, optional hard doors and soft doors, and all sorts of other odds and ends that make it an idea candidate for being restored or simply reassembled in this patina'd condition.
Given how rare this Bronco Roadster is and since all the parts are there, someone in the US with the time and money to bring this back absolutely needs to take it on, because this is a car worth preserving now more than ever.
Would you be game to bring this Bronco back to its former glory?