It was back in the early days of the pandemic that I wrote a commentary expressing my dismay at the astronomic prices being asked — and seemingly being willingly paid — for first-generation Ford Broncos, those produced from 1966 to 1977.
Beginning in 1978, the Bronco moved from the compact to the full-size SUV segment. These big Broncos went through several iterations until the model was retired after the 1996 sales season.
Turns out these larger versions still can be purchased at reasonable prices. An example is the Pick of the Day, a 1995 Eddie Bauer 4×4 Bronco being offered for sale by a private owner in Clifton, Colorado. For $25,000, you not only get an apparently well-cared-for vehicle, but a nice story to share as well.
According to the advertisement, placed by a neighbor of the owner of the car for the past 24 years, this Bronco started out as a Ford factory quality-control executive’s vehicle, and then was sold to a quality-control engineer for the Colorado-based Coors brewing company.
The engineer and spouse retired nearly 20 years ago and moved to Grand Junction in western Colorado. But the Bronco was parked in a garage four years ago, and a few months ago the engineer’s health had deteriorated to the point of moving into an assisted-living facility.
The neighbor says the Bronco has “nearly flawless saddle tan interior,” is fully optioned, has “ice cold” air conditioning and a 5.8-liter Ford V8 engine linked to an E400 automatic transmission. It has push-button start and part-time 4-wheel drive.
“Totally original, no modifications from new, always located in a dry climate,” the seller adds.
The odometer shows 100,482 miles.
The Eddie Bauer edition was a special version of the Bronco outfitted in the colors and materials of the well-known outdoor equipment and outfitting company. Ford and Eddie Bauer began their partnership in 1985 and it was renewed from 1992-1996. Such vehicles were fully optioned.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.