- Offered from the Dingman Collection
- A subtle and tastefully modified Ford icon
- Ready for comfortable cruising or off-road adventure
Following World War II, returning American GIs were impressed by the adaptability, simplicity, and all-terrain capabilities of the original Jeep. Its popularity quickly spawned a host of competing designs, while a burgeoning aftermarket industry supplied a multitude of accessories and a number of clubs. Ford astutely discovered that a niche existed for a small, car-like, four-wheel-drive vehicle with strong highway performance and the ability to tackle the rugged backcountry. Acceleration and comfort were determined to be important selling points, as well as the upscale aura that continues to define the sport utility vehicle market today.
Ford introduced the Bronco in late 1965 for the 1966 model year as an off-road vehicle and featured many Falcon-based mechanical components, as well as an impressive list of options, which allowed buyers to personalize their Bronco. Sales were aided by Ford’s “Total Performance” motorsports campaign, and while the successful Baja racing Broncos of Bill Stroppe carried the Ford banner in off-road racing circles during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Doug Nash campaigned a flyweight AA/Funny Car named the “Bronco Buster” in 1966. The Bronco reputation took off and soon became one of Jeep's biggest competitors. This small four-wheel-drive vehicle was accepted well by the public and it stayed in production up until 1996 (and soon to commence in 2020).
This unique Bronco was acquired by the Dingman Collection having been tastefully customized for greater driving enjoyment. Under the hood is a small-block 302 V-8 engine with MSD ignition, Edelbrock heads, and a custom stainless exhaust. The exterior features American Racing-style wheels with Warn locking hubs and shod with Pro Comp All Terrain 33 × 12.50R15 tires. The wheel arches are embellished with subtle body-color fender flares. Diamond plate adorns the rocker panels below the doors and the motif carries through to the interior on the inside of the door panels. The original speedometer has been replaced with a modern digital gauge that displays the voltage, fuel percentage, oil pressure, and water temperature along with the speedometer and tachometer. An aftermarket “Tuffy” center console is equipped with a modern CD player and iPhone connector, while the dashboard retains the original controls and Ford radio/cassette player. The three-speed transmission is fitted with a Hurst shifter topped with an attractive billet shift knob, while the steering wheel has been replaced with an aftermarket three-spoke wooden unit. For comfortable off-roading, the Bronco is also equipped with adjustable and supportive sport seats.
In this Bronco, the possibilities for fun are unlimited!