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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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For those seeking a more affordable Bronco option, the two-door 2021 Bronco begins at $29,995 for the base model, including destination fees. The four-door 2021 Bronco begins at $34,695, including fees. They will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne for the first time since 1996, and reservations have poured in.

 

Preproduction models rolled off the assembly line in September. Deliveries are targeted to begin in June 2021.

 

In 2016, as he was planning to launch his company, Burgett went to Texas with his dog, Bronco, to close a deal on the very first Ford Bronco ever built from the second owner.

 

Vinnie Yakubanski, 75, is a retired geologist who owned a logging company and part of a Ford dealership. He lives in Sportsman's World on Possum Kingdom Lake in Palo Pinto County, TX, and talks about buying the original Ford Bronco for just $100 in 1978. He won't reveal how much Burgett paid for it in 2016.

 

"It was just a utility vehicle used to do ranch work, like putting in pipelines and fixing windmills," Yakubanski told the Free Press. "[Racing legend] Carroll Shelby owned a ranch and that Bronco was down south of Alpine, TX. They used it on that ranch and wore it out."

 

Bronco VIN 000 was in the repair shop so much that Yakubanski offered to buy it.

 

"I was a partner in the dealership. We were repairing it once a month or more. They were beating the hell out of it. And it was getting wore out," he said. "I told the ranch foreman it was time to get a new vehicle. I had a brand new 1978 Ford Bronco sitting on the showroom floor."

 

So Yakubanski put the first Bronco in his garage and rebuilt it. It needed a lot of TLC.


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