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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 18:49

Vintage Ford Broncos Being Rebuilt, Transformed---Into Something Like You’ve Never Seen

Written by Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press
The 1966 Ford Bronco with a VIN of 000, left, and Gateway Bronco’s reimagined edition, that costs about $320,000. This original 1966 Bronco is the first to ever roll off the Ford production line. It was given to race car driver Carroll Shelby by Ford Motor Co. These images were taken Oct. 14 in Detroit. The 1966 Ford Bronco with a VIN of 000, left, and Gateway Bronco’s reimagined edition, that costs about $320,000. This original 1966 Bronco is the first to ever roll off the Ford production line. It was given to race car driver Carroll Shelby by Ford Motor Co. These images were taken Oct. 14 in Detroit. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press

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In recent days, the Bronco was filled with sand from a trip to the beach with grandkids.

 

Tracey spared nothing when ordering his new Bronco.

 

Its interior includes leather used in the Porsche 911R and treated barn wood on the backseat floor. A Ford Coyote engine allows a driver to go 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds.

 

Pushing a button to lower the back half of the top, called a power convertible soft top, is new for the Bronco. Burgett has a patent pending of the astonishing design inspired by the Porsche Targa, which allows an owner to keep the front part of the roof over the driver and have the back seat exposed. It's quieter for passengers who want to talk or listen to music.

 

A sound system is hidden in a giant console, which also protects it from mud and dirt while off-roading. All parts used in the vehicle are new.

 

The lowest price for a reimagined Bronco is $150,000 with basic options. But the monthly range of orders usually spans in cost from $185,000 to $320,000 for more personalized versions.

 

While a handful of vehicles are built new, the vast majority are restored from original vehicles purchased from owners around the country. Some customers find the vehicle themselves. The states provide an all-new reproduction VIN for a built-from-scratch "vintage" Bronco.

 

"Each vehicle is test driven 500 miles or so to make sure everything is flawless before it's delivered to a buyer, Burgett said. "It climbs a mountain like a billy goat. You can flip a switch and have four wheel drive. That's the same technology as the Ford Raptor, too."

 

A handful of clients have ordered battery-electric Broncos with a 200-mile range for about $300,000, Burgett said. Five are in production now for clients in Hawaii, Missouri, Illinois and California.


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