- 79,900 overpriced
- Macedonia, OH
- 1 month
- suv gasoline yellow manual
The finest early ford bronco in existence. Real u13 roadster, early 1966 production with many unique features. Restored to exacting specifications using nos parts. Spectacular in every way. There were three basic bronco styles, the u13 roadster seen here, the u14 “half cab” pickup, and the familiar u15 wagon. They are easy to identify, as the first digits of the vin show which model they are, although parts are widely interchangeable and more than a few standard broncos have been converted to roadsters, which were only built in 1966, ‘67, and ’68. Out of the 225,585 broncos built between 1966 and 1977, exactly 5000 of them were u13 roadsters, with most experts suggesting that fewer than 250 still in existence. For the bronco fan, this is a remarkable find. This truck was restored to be the best, and that meant getting things right. It was a complete, running, driving truck when it was discovered in texas, having been used on a cattle ranch since it was new. Because of that, it wasn’t driven a lot and the 54,912 miles showing on the odometer are accurate. The first thing they did was check the door tag (which is inside the cowl, since roadsters do not have doors). It was remarkably well preserved, still wearing its original code 8 springtime yellow paint—even the original roadster door inserts were still in excellent shape. It was torn down to a bare shell, the bodywork was completely stripped, and the final finish is quite impressive—so nice that we’re guessing that this bronco’s days of playing in the dirt are well and truly over. Both the pinstripe and the rocker stripe were options, but they were on the truck when it was new so they went back on after the paint was dry. They were reupholstered using durable vinyl and reproduction hinge covers were used simply because the originals are all long since turned to dust. Everything is new or rebuilt and fully operational, including the windshield washer system, which was an option in 1966. In back, there’s a good-sized cargo bay with a correct spare tire assembly and jack locked into its own little bracket, which were also features that changed a few months into production. There are few better ways to get to inaccessible places than an early bronco with a bulletproof six-cylinder engine, and with the right gearing in the transmission and axles, these trucks were legendary for their climbing abilities.. It was built to go to remote places, maybe for a rancher with a lot of land to manage or the national parks service, which was one of ford’s biggest customers for the bronco. This is likely the original engine, but with fords of this vintage, there’s no way to be positive. It was fully rebuilt to stock specs and it runs as smoothly as a sewing machine—this is no crude industrial engine. Colors, finishes, and hardware are exacting throughout the engine bay, from the heavy-duty oil bath air cleaner (1966 only) to the autolite downdraft carburetor to the cast iron exhaust manifold. Bright ford blue paint makes it really pop in the yellow engine bay and even things like the hoses, hose clamps, and bolts are exactly what ford was using on the early assembly line. This truck also carries a metal fresh air box on the driver’s side, a detail that was changed to plastic in october of 1965 so only the earliest broncos use it. Heavy-duty axles front and rear carry 4. 11 and 4. 10 gears, respectively, which is part of why it’s such a tenacious off-roader. New 7. 00-15 off-road bias-ply tires are very similar to the “high flotation 15-inch bias mud/snow tires” that ford originally used.
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