Gateway Bronco forges pact with Ford to produce proprietary restored models

Gateway Bronco forges pact with Ford to produce proprietary restored models

The Illinois company builds first-generation off-road SUVs that meet automaker’s certified-reconditioned standards 

Gateway Bronco, the well-known Illinois restorer of first-generation Broncos, has announced a licensing agreement with Ford Motor Co. to create 1966-77 models under the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, which allows makers of small-batch specialty vehicles to bypass strict DOT rules.

Gateway plans to produce  between two and four vehicles a month that meet the Certified Reconditioned Vehicle standards established by Ford.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Ford Motor Company and consider this license agreement a tremendous privilege,” Seth Burgett, chief executive of Gateway Bronco, said in a news release. “We will work diligently to serve and protect the Ford brand.

“Our proprietary, exclusive solutions to re-condition and manufacture the first-generation Ford Bronco has led to incredible growth of our company.  Deepening our relationship with Ford will help us better serve our customers who want the ultimate classic Ford Bronco with modern performance.”

Gateway offers three models ranging from $120,000 to $180,000, all backed an industry-leading, bumper-to-bumper warranty. The company uses proprietary solutions for rust and deterioration, the company says in the release, as well as modern chassis components and tuning know-how to increase smoothness and comfort.

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