The tides in the collector car market are starting to turn a bit, though first-gen Broncos became incredibly desirable and valuable some time ago. This phenomenon has prompted many to start preserving and restoring these old SUVs rather than modifying them, which is a big deal. After all, for some time, it wasn’t that often that we came across an unmodified – or at least uncut – early Bronco. Now, we see all sorts of untouched fenders and more original rigs, including this gorgeous 1976 Ford Bronco up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.
At first glance, this Calvary Blue 1976 Ford Bronco looks pretty close to original, thanks to its uncut fenders and white-painted 15-inch steel wheels wrapped in modest 30×9.5-inch General Grabber X3 tires. But that isn’t the case, even though we’re digging the look. For starters, this Bronco was originally finished in light blue from the factory, and it’s been lifted 3.5 inches and fitted with an aftermarket steering stabilizer, Delphi power steering, and front disc brakes.
Peek under the hood, and you’ll notice that the original 302 isn’t stock, either. Rather, it’s been rebuilt and fitted with a series of upgrades including an Edelbrock AVS2 four-barrel carb, Hedman Hedders, a custom exhaust, and finned valve covers for looks. A rebuilt three-speed manual resides behind it, along with a custom driveshaft, and a dual-range transfer case.
The interior follows this mildly modified theme with freshly blue-painted surfaces, the original white two-spoke steering wheel and door panels, as well as reupholstered seats that stand out since they’re now finished in a blazing red vinyl with patterned cloth inserts.
Overall, this first-gen Bronco is a very cool, very unique sort of build that features high-quality work combined with just a few mild modifications. It isn’t often that we see this sort of approach, as these early Broncos are usually kept bone stock or chopped and lifted with massive wheels and tires or modern mechanicals added. However, given how good this one turns out, perhaps we’ll see more like it in the future.
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Source: Ford Truck Enthusiasts