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1971 Ford Bronco U-100 4x4 Wagon
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $55,000 - $65,000
• Heavily optioned four-wheel drive SUV
• Entirely rust-free with all original sheet metal
• Complete with Marti Report

302 cid V-8 engine, 205 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, front and rear spring-mounted suspension, 3.50 conventional rear axle, front and rear brakes; wheelbase: 92”

The original Bronco was an off-road vehicle intended to compete primarily with the Jeep CJ models and the International Harvester Scout. The Bronco's small size, riding on a 92-inch wheelbase, was Ford's first compact SUV. The idea behind the Bronco began with Ford product manager, Donald N. Frey, who also conceived the Ford Mustang. Lee Iacocca pushed the idea through to production. In many ways, the Bronco was a more original concept than the Mustang. Designed under engineer, Paul G. Axelrad, the Bronco body was not shared with any other vehicle.

The initial engine was the Ford 170 cubic-inch straight six, modified with solid lifters, a six-quart oil pan, heavy-duty fuel pump, oil-bath air cleaner, and a carburetor with a float bowl compensated against tilting. Optional offerings in the beginning were limited to the venerable 289 V-8 engine. By 1971, Ford was offering its two-valve 302 cubic-inch V-8 engine as an option. Styling was subordinated to simplicity and economy, so all glass was flat, bumpers were straight C-sections, the frame was a simple box-section ladder, and the basic left and right door skins were identical except for mounting holes. The early Broncos were offered in wagon, pickup truck, and an open driver configuration. That version was dropped and the sport package, which later became a model line, was added. The base price was $2,194 dollars, with a long option list that included front bucket seats, a rear bench seat, as well as functional items such as a tow bar, an auxiliary gas tank, a snowplow, a winch, and lots of aftermarket accessories. Broncos were terribly prone to rust and nearly all of them ended up unusable due to rust issues. Most that survived required modifications and repairs to the fenders to resolve rust issues. Finding one with all original panels without rust or rust repair is a herculean feat.

This is a documented West Coast 4x4 that has never been abused or subjected to the elements. Sold new by Bud Meadows Ford in Portland, Oregon, this Bronco was destined to be kept in an environment where rust would not be a problem. Ordered with many significant options from new including skid plates, the 302 V-8 engine, swing away spare tire, heavy duty alternator, heavy duty cooling package, heavy duty battery, auxiliary fuel tank, and heavy-duty springs for both front and rear. Ordered with style in mind, the box was checked for Swiss Aqua paint on the original order form. This example is believed to have been retained by its first owner until approximately 1990 when it was sold to sunny California. It was during this time that it received an expert repaint in its original color. In 1999, this Bronco was sold to present ownership who was equally as fastidious about the car.

This fine offering is largely original and unmolested. The paint presents in very good condition with only a couple of very minor chips or other blemishes. The trim, fit and finish are beautiful. Likewise, the interior is lovely and needs nothing. It just been fully serviced by the experts at Blackhorse Garage and performs flawlessly. The braking, fuel and suspension systems were looked at and anything not up to snuff was attended to. The Ford Bronco has become recognized as a true collector car and owning one with venerable and desirable V-8 power, and with all of its original sheet metal in place, is the way to go; you need look no further to find just that.

1971 Ford Bronco U-100 4x4 Wagon
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