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One of the hottest sectors of today's classic car market is that of early Ford Broncos produced from 1966 to 1977 and the rig offered here must be one of the most honest and original examples on the open market today.
The truck you see offered here is a final year 1977 example which is finished in its original Hot Ginger Metallic paint and is about as heavily equipped as these trucks get with the ultra desirable automatic transmission, power brakes, and power steering. To top it all off, this example is a top of the heap Ranger model with all the accouterments that go along with that option package.
The story of how this Bronco came to be in such rare “survivor” form is certainly an unlikely one, mainly because it was delivered to one of the most rust-stricken areas of the country. This particular Ranger was delivered new to Catherine and Jack Northrup in New York. Upon delivery to Walker Motor Sales, the truck was given a typical East Coast rust proofing as substantiated by the original decal still left in its rear drivers side quarter window as well as the evidence of treatment inside the doors, in the engine compartment, and under the truck. This rust proofing process is something which I have seen on many Mustangs and Shelbys delivered to Eastern states when new and was basically “standard fare” for new cars in that area of the country. Though it seemed this truck was destined to rot away, as was the fate of most East coast Broncos, this rig was saved when the Jack and Catherine Northrup moved to the dry Texas/Oklahoma border in order to work for the Department of Defense at Sheppard AFB in 1978 when the truck was just a year old. In fact, the DoD registration stickers dating from Nov 1979 to 1995 are still present on the front bumper!
Though it is not clear what Jack Northrup did with the DoD, what I do know is this truck lived in the dry plains of Northern Texas from early in its life till just a few years ago when it came to Missouri. On top of existing in a dry climate, the truck still was equipped with its rust proofing which served to preserve the truck in an amazing condition.
As the truck sits today, it still wears its original Hot Ginger Metallic paint with its amazingly attractive, patina'd Ranger rocker stripes! Though there is no shortage of rock chips and imperfections in the paint (as is the case with most all true original paint trucks) the truck displays a level of honestly and originality that is rarely seen on the open market today. Perhaps one of the neatest features of the exterior of the truck is the spare (still wearing its original cover) which survives with its original paint steel wheel wrapped in the truck's original NOS spare tire which still has the factory paint markings and “nubs” present on it. The old cliche “spare has never been on the ground” could surely apply here.
The interior of the truck is original from headliner to carpet, displaying a mint original dash pad and nice upholstery. Though very nice for an original interior, the carpet does display excessive wear in the driver and passenger side foot-wells. Though the truck would look great with a new carpet set, I personally prefer it wore out and original. The truck also has a small wear spot on the driver's seat, though the imperfection is not nearly bad enough to warrant replacing the original upholstery. Overall, however, the interior on this truck is completely original and extremely well preserved.
In the engine compartment the trend of extensive originality continues with an assortment of factory paint markings, stamps, and production codes hand written on the radiator support! Look closer and you will see no shortage of original tags hanging off near every component in the engine compartment. You could spend a whole day just admiring all the little factory details which are left on this truck.
All in all, many Bronco aficionados idolize the final year 1977 truck as the most desirable of all the years because of its one-year-only integrated fuel doors and the level of engineering which finally went into these trucks for 76-77 to make them drive like a halfway civilized automobile! Top of the heap of those late year “early Broncos” are the Ranger and Explorer models with as many power features as possible and automatic transmissions. This particular example ticks every box when it comes to specification but also as things pertain to condition- boasting a wonderfully preserved, original state which cannot easily be found elsewhere.
As the Bronco market continues to shoot up with seemingly no end in site, it is my honest opinion that buyers should be picky in the trucks they are buying. Every day I see some pretty edgy stuff out there bringing $25,000-$45,000 and it is my opinion that buyers need to make sure they are getting a great example and not merely buying into the hype that does, and will continue to, surround the trucks. This particular example is ready for its next home and would make for a wonderful addition to any collector's garage who is looking for a remarkably preserved truck but also one which he or she can be confident to jump in at a moment's notice to drive and enjoy!
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