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March 4, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

First-Generation Ford Bronco Gets Modern Upgrade

Even though the new Ford Bronco has yet to be revealed with as little as a timeframe being divulged, its impending release has already made an impact on the Bronco name. Always a favorite in certain circles, it appears as though the Bronco has gained traction on the automotive scene from SEMA to auction houses with restored and restomod examples popping up with greater frequency.

This 1971 Ford Bronco underwent five years of restoration before becoming the beauty you see before you and appearing at SEMA in 2015. Since then, this ’71 was has been pretty much kept under wraps putting on just 40 miles in the over three years following that SEMA outing. All that spells good news for potential buyers at Mecum Indy who will be bidding against one another to pluck this Bronco from the Joe McMurrey Collection and add it to their own.

During its five year makeover, this early 70s Bronco received numerous noteworthy upgrades, but none more so than the 5.0-liter V8 Coyote motor with 435hp and an 4R70W overdrive transmission. With the power to take on just about any task thrown its way it was important to make sure it had the suspension to do the same and that it does by way of a “Krawlers Edge 4-link suspension system with Bilstein Shocks, 4 1/2-inch lift, custom radius arms, custom shock mounts, reinforced steering linkage and full plate protection over drivetrain.”

The performance upgrades on this first-generation go on and on, but the builders didn’t forget that we’re now living in the 21st century adding touches of modern to the classic like a bush button ignition and Apple CarPlay unit. As well as an onboard computer system offering real time engine diagnostics to the driver via a display setup. No stone was left unturned in creating this Bronco which in turn could crawl over those stones with ease en route to Indianapolis May 14-19.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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