Having sold more of these early Broncos than just about any other
dealer, we have a pretty good handle on what makes them so special.
This 1972 Ford Bronco offers V8 power, an awesome color
combination, and just the right patina to make it OK to take it
into the dirt when you want to play.
The best Broncos stick to the factory recipe instead of going too hardcore. Modifications are a matter of taste, but just about everyone can agree that this little red 4x4 is a great-looking truck. You can't go wrong with red paint on something like this, since it's going to be high-visibility no matter what you do, and while the work is a few years old, you won't mind the attention it generates today. Good panel fit and a great shine to the paint don't seem to be hiding any nasty secrets underneath, although it's impossible to guarantee a truck like this hasn't had its share of fun off road. The white top offers some nice contrast that matches the painted grille up front, and the bumpers are just simple stampings with chrome plating, emphasizing the Bronco's no-nonsense attitude. It's just a nice truck!
The interior is basic, yes, but it does basic with lots of style. The bucket seats are clearly close relatives of those found in early Mustangs, and they've been reupholstered in comfortable white ultra-leather with vertical pleats with a rear bench seat to match. The rest offers an attempt at luxury, with nice black carpets on the floor, A/C under the dash (needs to be serviced), and a well-tailored feel, so it's not as basic as you'd think. The dash puts all the gauges in a single round pod to the left of the steering column, while the secondary controls are arrayed across the middle. It includes the original AM radio in the dash and a familiar Ford column shifter for the 3-speed manual transmission. The second lever on the floor is, of course, for the 2-speed transfer case, and the combination of the big steering wheel and quick reflexes make the Bronco easy to handle even in the suburban jungle. And while your first choice will always be to drive the Bronco alfresco, the hardtop does seal up nicely.
The 302 cubic inch V8 offered in later Broncos like this is what should have been there all along. Torquey, smooth, and way fun to drive, it matches the Bronco's personality perfectly. It appears fairly stock under the hood, with a 2-barrel carburetor, heavy-duty air cleaner, simple painted valve covers, and even the original exhaust manifolds. If you can tune a vintage Mustang, you can tune this Bronco and the bark from the brand new dual exhaust system makes it a lot of fun to run it through the gears, on road or off. The 3-speed shifts crisply and the heavy-duty axles never seem to mind the work off-roading. There is a recent set of shocks under there, along with what appear to be fresh coils up front, giving it a slightly taller stance that allows plenty of room for those big new 235/75/15 off-road tires on simple steel wheels.
Make no mistake, early Broncos are red hot and this one is a very good example that's ready to enjoy. Whatever the terrain, the Bronco is always entertaining. Call today!
A new Ford Bronco is on the way, but the classics are coming back too
Ford enthusiasts eager to hit the off-road trails in the new Bronco
The Pick of the Day is the premium version of the SUV’s second generation
Rarely seen in original condition with such low mileage, the 1966 Ford Bronco is the Pick of the Day
Trucks and SUVs dominate the top ranks of the Hagerty Vehicle Rating, taking the top five spots with the 1966-77 Ford Bronco dethroning the 1976-86 Jeep CJ-7 from the No.1 spot.
As enthusiasts anticipate the debut of the new Ford Bronco, interest in early models continues to build.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised: The very first Ford Bronco produced ended up in Carroll Shelby’s hands, and he immediately replaced the six-cylinder engine with a 289-cubic-inch V8.
Earlier this year, Ford announced they would add four SUVs to the lineup, and it became widely assumed that the beloved Bronco would be among them.
Time to come down to earth after all the top-drawer concours cars and lofty auction prices last week in Monterey. So let’s go four-wheeling!