Sometime around the middle of last summer, the original 1966-77 Ford Bronco was declared the fastest-appreciating collector car in the known universe. Quite an honor for the boxy-but-intrepid little four-by-four, although the prize really demonstrated how undervalued Broncos had been previously.
The trouble with those early Broncos is that so many of the survivors have been altered for off-roading or else customized to all get out, similar to the fate of many Jeep Cherokees. That’s fun stuff and all, but it takes away from their value as collector cars.
The Pick of the Day is a four-wheel-drive 1966 Ford Bronco in rarely seen original condition with ultra-low mileage, an apparent time-warp beauty that was rescued from long-term storage and put back on the road.
“This 1966 Ford Bronco is an uncut gem with low original miles and all-original sheet metal,” the Holland, Michigan, seller says in the ClassicCars.com advertisement. “This was a phenomenal find out of South Carolina as none of the sheet metal has been replaced, and the frame and all metal underneath is clean and solid as well.
“It was treated to new paint, new interior, and new weather stripping; but other than that, it is one of the cleanest original Bronco’s we have found.”
The odometer shows less than 20,000 miles, which is believed to be accurate.
After coming out of the barn, the Bronco was repainted in its original Rangoon Red with white trim “and treated to a tune-up, new hoses, new alternator, rebuilt carb, new shocks and new exhaust,” says the seller, a dealer who specializes in vintage four-wheelers.
The Bronco, with its original six-cylinder drivetrain, drives very well, according to the dealer, and all the lights and gauges are working. The only fault noted is that of the notoriously faulty vacuum-operated windshield wipers, which have failed; the buyer would need to convert to an electric motor from a later model.
Not that you’d want to subject such a nice original to stormy weather, much less risk its lovely condition by taking it on an off-roading trek. Of course, that does go against the grain for such a utilitarian vehicle, and the next owner will have to decide what to do with it: use as intended or preserve as a showpiece.
The asking price is $29,900 for this unusually original Bronco in seemingly immaculate condition.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day