Walking the fine line between preserving originality and packing a bigger punch is a tough balancing act when restomodding – but this Bronco hits the sweet spot
Taste can be a very personal thing, and in the automotive world, the more you customise a car the more likely it is disagree with someone else’s personal ideal of a good looking car. So when a vehicle is described as being ‘Ginger Ale’ colour, you have to admire the ambition, but also question the motive.
This custom-built 1966 Ford Bronco SUV-style pick-up truck has an all-steel body with, amongst other things, unique fender flares, hood bulge and bumpers, two-tone Ginger Ale-coloured metallic paint with a Golden Amber pearl finish, a Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine kit and Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers.
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Like many Ford Bronco restomods, it's big and it's brash. Yet, it's surprisingly tasteful at the same time. We could easily see this Bronco bashing its way through a wall to announce itself to a stunned crowd – and yet, the details on this restored example appear well refined.
There's a 302ci V8 Ford Racing crate engine, coupled to a Bowler 4R70W four-speed automatic transmission for power. For control, it boasts a 5.5 inch James Duff lift system, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, Bilstein 7100 Series reservoir shocks and multi-link front suspension, so it'll perform its off-roading duties in style.
Other features which the vendor notes include a nine inch rear end with a custom skid plate, a Dana 30 front end, a custom 2.5 inch exhaust with headers, and its Recovery Room Hot Rod interior.
The interior is another ambitious combination of design, with fabric inlay and suede headliner leather seats, a 1940 Ford Deluxe steering wheel, Ford F-100 dash, classic instrument gauges and Boom Mat sound-deadening, presumably for all that muffling. It all sounds a bit mismatched on paper, but the look works.
If you want to buy this one-off Bronco, Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale next January 12-20 is the place to be.