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Ford’s answer to the jeep, this amazing compact off-road SUV called the Ford Bronco, was actually discontinued for a while. They exploded in popularity in the 60s but fell out of style until Ford replaced it with the Expedition in 1996. However, as of 2021, the Ford Bronco is back!

This means that for the first time in 25 years, new Broncos are coming hot off the line for the people that miss them. Both perfect retro models and the current newest editions can command incredible prices since at the time of writing, both can be equally rare. Here are the 8 rarest Ford Broncos you can buy.

  • 1966 Ford Bronco Roadster
  • Year: 1966
    Price: $69,500
    Model: U13 roadster
    Sold: N/A

    1966 Ford Bronco Roadster
    photo source: Zero 260 Auctions

    This truck is a rare U13 roadster, one of the first 200 Broncos that came off the assembly line in 1966. This model that is currently up for sale in Township, Michigan for $69,500 has been restored for six years. It had its shell professionally repainted on a rotisserie in classic Wimbledon White. All the insides were rebuilt, the head was redone, and even the flywheel was resurfaced.

    One thing worth mentioning is that Broncos in ’66 all had silver metallic seat fabric. Since this had disintegrated, the reseller specifies that he recovered skins from a Bronco graveyard to accurately recreate this look.

    Did you know?

    Collectors affectionately call this particular model the “Budd” truck. This is because Ford didn’t even have their own tooling in 1965. This means that the Bronco prototypes at this time were built by a company called Budd. Only the first 200 units can claim to be called Budd trucks.

  • 1968 Ford Bronco Custom Pickup
  • Year: 1968
    Price: $82,500
    Model: Bronco, Custom Pickup
    Sold: 2017

    1968 Ford Bronco Custom Pickup
    photo source: Barret-Jackson

    This custom Ford Bronco pickup only had 2,200 models produced in its original 1968 run. Bronco 4x4s weren’t common and this half-cab model was well-worn by the time it made it to the 21st century. This is why it underwent serious repairs and modifications.

    These included a frame-off rotisserie restoration and full upgrade. It has new power disc brakes, 5-speed manual transmission, dual exhaust with headers, and more. It’s also been upgraded with electronic wipers and a radio with Bluetooth connectivity for modern users. It sold at a Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale in 2017 for $82,500.

    Did you know?

    The 302ci engine in this rare model (also known as the Boss 203) was built by Ford in the late 60s as a compact, high-performance V8 engine, originally for the Boss 203 Mustangs (hence the name). They revived this engine model in 2012 for that year’s Mustang. The one in this Bronco was completely rebuilt by Dakota Classics with an Edelbrock aluminum intake, as well as a new starter, alternator, and pumps.

  • 1971 Ford Bronco
  • Year: 1971
    Price: $110,000
    Model: Baja Bronco (Stroppe Conversion)
    Sold: 2017

    1971 Ford Bronco
    photo source: Mecum Auctions

    This 1971 Ford Bronco made headlines when it became the most expensive special edition Bronco ever after selling at a Mecum auction in 2017. It pulled in $110,000 and is one of only 450-650 known to exist.

    The Stroppe Bronco that raced victoriously in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 was commemorated with this special edition consumer car, which went into limited production in the early 70s. This car features power steering, a C4 3-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.

    Did you know?

    Bill Stroppe had a long history with Ford before his custom Broncos raced Baja. In 1947, he raced a Ford-powered speedboat to victory at Henry Ford’s Memorial Regatta. Much later, he was tapped to custom-build these Broncos for Jones. The special tri-color paint job of the Stroppe racers was recreated here for avid collectors.

  • 1974 Ford Bronco
  • Year: 1974
    Price: $299,000
    Model: Ford Bronco
    Sold: 2017

    1974 Ford Bronco
    photo source: Classic Cars

    Velocity prepped this frame-off restoration for sale in Pensacola, Florida. It sported a 5.0 Coyote crate engine, 3.5’ suspension lift, 6-speed transmission, and Atlas II transfer case. It was refurbished with a new leather front and rear interior. The A/C system is classic, but the sound system is brand new.

    The PPG custom orange and grey paint job completed the package to make this one of the most expensive Ford Broncos of all time, selling for its listed price of $299,000. A completely zeroed-out odometer certainly helped!

    Did you know?

    This model is tall and not the easiest to get into. This is why this custom model comes with power-retracting steps to improve its modern user experience.

  • 1969 Ford Bronco
  • Year: 1969
    Price: $500,000
    Model: Bronco, Custom SUV
    Sold: 2013

    1969 Ford Bronco
    photo source: Barret-Jackson

    This 1969 Ford Bronco Custom SUV was sold in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2013 for charity. Its sleek black and grey body hides a superpowered V8 engine and classic 5-speed manual transmission. This car has a custom-made wire harness with the classic instruments and gauges, as well as custom front and rear driveshafts.

    This car also received some body modifications. These include smoothed and chopped doors, smoothed bed rails, and a sand-blasted frame that was smoothed, welded, and then powder-coated.

    Did you know?

    At the Bronco’s launch, a three-speed mounted manual transmission was the only available option. By 1969, to make the model more attractive to suburban drivers, a three-speed automatic option was on the way. The 5-speed manual on this particular truck is actually a custom-fitted throwback for modern aficionados, not what the car would have originally had.

  • 1974 Ford Bronco
  • Year: 1974
    Price: $650,000
    Model: Bronco, Custom SUV
    Sold: 2020

    1974 Ford Bronco
    photo source: Barret-Jackson

    NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney is known for his charity foundation that raises money for Alzheimer’s research. Gateway Bronco restored and refurbished this 1974 Bronco for one of these auctions in 2020 and it took in $650,000.

    The engine on this car is a beast, sporting 700 hp, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a 5-liter V8 engine. It’s been glamorized with Porsche leather and trim made from recovered barn wood. It was one of the most popular items at this Barret-Jackson Scottsdale auction in Arizona.

    Did you know?

    This truck has a ton of retro-inspired updated features fitted by Gateway. These include Eaton locking differentials and a four-link suspension with Fox shock absorbers. It even has modern electric window switches styled to look like the old-fashioned cranks this truck would have had in the 70s.

  • 2021 Ford Bronco Two-door
  • Year: 2021
    Price: $1.075 million
    Model: VIN 001
    Sold: 2021

    2021 Ford Bronco Two-door
    photo source: Motortrend

    This is a bit of a tough one to order on this list, but we figured you’d be interested in it anyway! The brand new 2021 Ford Bronco has a sticker price of $65,000. It has an incredible 2.7-liter V6 engine turned to 310 hp. But that’s not why it’s on this list.

    The two-door first edition version of this car was recently sold at a charity auction for over a million dollars! The proceeds went towards the National Forest Foundation, as well as Outward Bound.

    Did you know?

    Many people assumed that the Ford Bronco was discontinued in 1996 due to its infamous role in the OJ Simpson car chase. This isn’t true, however, as Bronco sales had been slipping for years. The fact was that people wanted full-sized, four-door SUVs and Ford wasn’t making one. So they discontinued the Bronco and got the Expedition going in its place.

  • Big Oly
  • Year: 1969
    Price: $1.87 million
    Model: Bronco
    Sold: 2021

    Big Oly
    photo source: Motortrend

    The rarest Ford Bronco is Big Oly. Big Oly is actually a 1969 Bronco beefed up into a custom racing truck. Racing fans know the car by heart as the truck that Parnelli Jones drove to victory in 1971 and 1972 in the Baja 1000. The truck has a V8 engine and a few classy upgrades, such as a roof that opens into a wing for added downforce and an air clearer in the cabin.

    Jones has had it all these years but sold it in May 2021 at a Mecum Auction in Indiana. The final price? $1.87 million.

    Did you know?

    The Baja 1000 is a race on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. The roads there are known for being incredibly dusty. This is why Big Oly has a custom engine air cleaner fixed to the cabin – it protects its vital parts from the huge dust clouds on the Baja roads.

    The Ford Bronco was a popular two-door SUV for decades before Ford retired it in the 90s. The classic status of the original late 60s/early 70s Broncos combined with the modern luxury models that just restarted production in 2021 has generated some impressive auction prices. Some of these cars have sold for over $1 million! A rich off-roader’s dream.


    I don’t understand the prices being asked for old Ford Broncos

    In mid-March, I wrote a commentary headlined “I don’t understand the need for driving gloves: Do people wear them just to look cool, or do they enhance car control?” 

    While I have nothing against such gloves, or against those who might wear them, I had never understood exactly why people would wear them, or why some driving gloves have full fingers and some have no fingers at all.

    I asked for edification through the Comments section and was delighted — and educated — by the response.

    So, I’m going to try it again, with a new topic: “I don’t understand the prices being asked for old Ford Broncos.” 

    I’ve had this quandary for a few years now. Again, I have nothing against people who buy or sell vintage Ford Broncos, it’s just that I don’t understand the values being attached to them. And right up front, I’m excluding from this discussion vintage Broncos such as the 1974 Bronco that sold for $650,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January, a charity sale with all proceeds earmarked for Alzheimer’s research and care. 

    But as early as January 2017, Bloomberg was reporting “your dad’s beater that once cost $2,400 is a highly coveted artifact” and that, if you wanted one, you better buy quickly while you still could find one for less than $100,000.

    Seriously? Six figures for a Bronco? OK, sure, for one of the Broncos built and raced in Baja by Bill Stroppe, yes, certainly six figures. But for a vehicle that, as I recall, was inferior to the Jeep Wrangler, I’m mystified. 

    I’m also a little worried. One possible explanation for vintage Bronco prices could be the anticipation of the Bronco revival. We’ve been through this before, folks. Remember the run up in early Thunderbird prices nearly two decades ago when Ford was tooling up a new Tbird?

    But back to the Bronco… It’s not that Ford didn’t have 4×4 heritage, after all, it helped develop and produce the original Jeeps for the World War II war effort. But it wasn’t until the summer of 1965 that Ford rolled out a vehicle that, according to The Standard Catalog of 4x4s, was called by Ford division general manager Donald Frey (and remember, he had been one of the fathers of the new Ford Mustang) “as neither a car nor a truck, but as a vehicle which combines the best of both…”

    Actually, wasn’t it the worst of both? Neither a car nor a truck, though it did have 4-wheel drive and the sort of ground clearance you might need for forest roads or trails across the desert. 

    And that’s one reason for the high prices. Many of the old Broncos for sale have been restored and resto-modded with contemporary engines, updated suspension and comfortable interiors, and the price for such work adds up.

    The original Bronco was in production for 30 years and several generations and in various forms — roadster, sports utility, (station) wagon, pickup truck. Over the years and generations, the vehicle grew, from its original 93-inch wheelbase to more than 104 inches from axle to axle. It also grew in other dimensions, for example, length, from 152.1 inches to 183.6.

    In the spring of 1983, Ford launched the Bronco II, built on the chassis of Ford’s compact pickup truck, the Ranger. Available only in what we now recognize as sport utility guise, this smaller Bronco was about the size of the original, spanning 94 inches between axles and stretching only 158.4 inches overall. Production of the II ended in January 1990. A month later, Ford introduced the Explorer in its place.

    The bigger Bronco lasted a few more years, but interest in 2-door SUVs dwindled and Ford launched the Expedition, a 4-door SUV built on the F-150 pickup truck platform.

    It was in 2016 that word leaked that Ford was working to introduce a new Bronco, this one to be based on the new but now mid-sized Ranger pickup truck. Which makes me think of the run-up in prices on early Ford Thunderbirds after people learned that Ford would reintroduce a luxurious roadster for the 2002 model year, albeit one based on a larger, heavier platform shared by the Lincoln LS and Jaguar S-Type sedans.

    It seemed to take forever before the new T’bird arrived (almost as long as it’s taking for this new Bronco to be born). And when the new Thunderbird was unveiled, boom quickly busted when the new one didn’t live up to the anticipation, the hype or the history.

    Hagerty’s online vehicle valuation tool shows prices for early Broncos as relatively flat until around 2011, climbing nicely since then and skyrocketing since the fall of 2017, with a 1966 Bronco roadster in top condition now worth $76,800, though many sellers are asking that and more even for those not quite in concours condition.

    A quick search of the Marketplace found 40 early Broncos being advertised and for prices that included $80,000, $82,995, $84,900, $87,995, $94,900, $99,000, $109,000, $125,000, $135,000, $145,000, $150,000, $159,995, $169,950, $209,000, and $219,000.

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    I don’t understand those prices. If you do, please use the Comments section to educate me.

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    This Company Can Now Sell You a Brand New Old Ford Bronco

    But it won't be cheap

    To say we're excited to finally drive the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco would be a serious understatement. After all, who wouldn't love a boxy, Raptor-influenced, alternative to the Jeep Wrangler? At the same time, though, we understand that no matter how cool the new Bronco ends up being, there are always going to be fans out there who wish Ford would just sell the original Bronco again. If you're one of those people, the good news is there actually is a way to get your hands on a brand new Bronco I.

    Gateway Bronco, an Illinois-based company known for restoring first-generation Broncos, recently announced that it's reached an agreement with Ford to officially sell brand new 1966-'77 Broncos. These won't be restomods, either. Thanks to the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, Gateway is able to legally build its continuation Broncos from the ground up.

    "We're honored to be recognized by Ford Motor Company and consider this license agreement a tremendous privilege," said Seth Burgett, CEO of Gateway Bronco, in a release. "We will work diligently to serve and protect the Ford brand. Our proprietary, exclusive solutions to re-condition and manufacture the first-generation Ford Bronco has led to incredible growth of our company. Deepening our relationship with Ford will help us better serve our customers who want the ultimate classic for Bronco with modern performance."

    Customers will have their choice of three different models, each priced between $120,000 and $180,000. And while Gateway's Broncos all retain the original styling, they benefit from the use of modern chassis components, suspensions, and engines. Spring for the top-of-the-line Modern Day Warrior edition, and you'll get a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8, a six-speed automatic from the last-gen Raptor, a premium leather interior, four-wheel disc brakes, reduced NVH, and a five-year warranty.

    Yes, that's a ton of money for a new version of an old SUV you can probably find in the classifieds for a fraction of the price. But remember, these Broncos are engineered and built from the ground up at a rate of two to four vehicles a month. That kind of low-volume production doesn't come cheap. The upside is you'll always have the coolest car in the parking lot, guaranteed.

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    Classic Ford Bronco goes electric for $185,000

    The Ford Bronco is a fan favorite for restoration in the US and now there’s an all-electric steel version of it going for sale starting at $185,000.

    Last year, Hawthorne, California-based Zero Labs Automotive unveiled an electric classic Ford Bronco with a carbon-fiber body.

    Now they are launching a cheaper version of their electric classic Ford Bronco with a steel body:

    “Zero Labs Automotive, a new automotive design, technology, and engineering firm introduced their next vehicle – the world’s first all electric (1966-77) Ford Bronco restored and re-engineered with classic steel body. The company, founded in 2015, is comprised of a dedicated team of advanced race vehicle engineers, electrical engineers, vehicle prototype manufactures, composite engineers, aerospace fabricators and premium classic car manufacturers, to focus on the growing gap between modern electric cars and more than a decade of beloved classic vehicles being left behind or on their way to be outlawed in many countries.”

    They are adding 1,000 newly designed parts to the vehicle in order to restore the classic and make it all-electric:

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    Zero Labs Automotive CEO and Founder Adam Roe commented on the new vehicle:

    “While people love the detail and quality of the all carbon fiber version, we had many requests for the classic steel body which wasn’t practical on the first 1.0 electric platform.So now we are able to offer both the lighter, faster and more modern Carbon fiber as well as a slightly less expensive Original Classic design of Factory Steel”

    The steel version also gets a new “2.0 electric chassis platform”, which is impressive for a classic conversion like this one.

    It includes an independent front and rear suspension and an optional 600HP (440 kW) dual motor configuration. A 70 kWh battery pack supplies power to the drive unit for a 190-mile range, according to the company.

    The new powertrain also enables level 3 DC Fast charging though the company didn’t disclose the charge rate.

    While it is cheaper than the carbon fiber version, it’s still not cheap. Zero Labs Automotive is talking about a starting price at $185,000 before customizations.

    Roe added:

    “To create the new category of premium classic electric, we had to make them the best they can be and you can’t achieve responsibly achieve this with “$70k drop in” retrofit solutions which often misrepresent the ease, risk, cost or time involved and demonstrating these ideas on complete frame off restorations not 50 year old rusted existing vehicles. The price of the first edition Zero Labs original steel classic model will be fully rebuilt with a 2.0 chassis architecture, 70kWh battery and independent front and rear suspension start at $185k, depending on customization and choice of finishes. Our process takes thousands of hours to handcraft each vehicle from the original classic to a perfected premium electric classic. Zero Labs made a commitment to build the absolute best version of each classic vehicle we could. We focus on the highest quality materials, original designs. They are upgradable and built to last decades while simultaneously producing an extremely safe but covert electrical drive system. The result is a clean energy vehicle with the soul of a premium classic. Our goal is to offer everything you love, minus everything you hate. To be enjoyed now and well into the future.”

    The company told Electrek that they aim to make 30-40 electric Ford Broncos this year and ramp up to make more next year.

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    Build Your Own Custom Ford Bronco

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    The classic Ford Bronco is a legend. A piece of American history. Our passion is breathing new life into these legends. We build these time capsules with a twist of modern performance, rugged luxury, and impeccable craftsmanship. With our client-centric design process, you’ll love the finished product that is personally delivered right to your driveway, at no cost to you.

    Here at Gateway Bronco, we restore the Ford Bronco through a frame-off restoration, building each truck on Henry Ford’s creation, a modern assembly line. We add new Ford 302 Coyote V8 engines to every build, with 6-10 speed automatic transmissions and custom options for you to pick and choose throughout the truck to make it YOURS. Options range from paint color and finish to the leather for your interior, engine and drivetrain, and all the modern technology and features you’ve come to expect in your modern SUV.

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