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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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"I put quite a lot of money and time in," he said. "A drive shaft at the time was $300 and it needed two. There's a lot of engineering in that simple-looking machine that made it robust."

 

Looking back, Yakubanski recalled, "They were having a parade along Main Street in little town of Alpine. Carroll Shelby and a county judge rode up and down in that Bronco. Carroll Shelby was talking about that Bronco, I think it was about 1980, and he said, 'This is one we might not should’ve let get away.'"

 

Mackenzie Burgett, 21, is attending college classes now and looking forward to her post-pandemic summer trip in 2021. The old Bronco started a family tradition.

 

"I loved that old school look and wanted something durable," she said. "Traveling with my dad has brought us closer. I'm grateful to have that stronger relationship and experience so many beautiful places."

 

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